13 Dresses You Can Buy in the Winter and Wear Into Spring

That slip dress will look cute under a puffer jacket.

Design by Morgan McMullen

Sure, it might be a little overzealous to start planning what spring floral dresses I need when currently, leaving the house in anything other than fleece-lined tights is a nightmare. But, I like to start early on my wishlist and keep editing down until I have my must-purchase items. While there are some dresses I'll be excited to wear when the weather's warmer, there are some options out there that I can wear from now into spring. All it takes to transform an item into a wintertime-approved piece is a little layering action with the help of turtlenecks or tights. Here, check out the 13 spring dresses you can wear right now.

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Grlfrnd Denim Mini Dress modaoperandi.com

We can agree denim is a year-round staple, so this Grlfrnd minidress falls right into that category. It can be worn in the winter  layered with a turtleneck and tights, but come spring, shed these extra pieces and simply wear it with wrap sandals. Since the dress is designed with traditional jean details (think belt loops and five-pocket construction), just like your favorite pair of denim bottoms, this piece is timeless. 

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Olivia Von Halle Issa Silk-Satin Midi Dress modaoperandi.com

There's no occasion in which a slip dress isn't appropriate. You can wear this beautiful gem-tone silk satin Olivia von Halle number to birthday dinners, dress it down with a sweater and boots for Sunday brunch, or rock it with a pair of gold heels for a winter/spring wedding. The dress itself is sultry but not scandalous, and the fabric drapes over your body in the most luxurious way.

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Topshop Embellished Floral Midi Dress nordstrom.com

This '80s vintage-inspired floral dress sets itself apart with a golde disc in the center and beaded blossom details on the shoulders. The midi length and three-quarter sleeve fit will make wearing this in the winter more bearable. Come spring/summer though, swap out those leather knee-high boots for some peep-toe heels. 

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AFRM Caley Wrap Midi Dress nordstrom.com

Inject more color into your winter 2019 wardrobe starting with this pink long-sleeve wrap dress. If you look closely, you can make out an animal print-inspired design, which is much more subtle and softer than classic brown and black spots. Wear with your favorite pair of winter combat boots. 

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Elizabeth and James Badgley Cotton Maxi Dress net-a-porter.com

You'll feel like Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen in this slightly oversize plaid maxi dress. For winter, cinch it with a belt and wear jeans underneath. For spring, let the cotton piece billow in the warm-weather breeze and rock with cutout leather sandals.  

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Wilfred Free Bianca Dress aritzia.com

This sweater dress is the definition of a low-maintenance look. Slip it on and you're good to go. For a little effort in styling, you can wear with a plaid coat and tights. At the first sign of spring, strip off your tights and bare your legs to the sunlight. Wear with sneakers and a cute crossbody bag. 

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Lou & Grey Chevron Stripe Maxi Dress louandgrey.com

This chevron print dress is an upgrade from your striped T-shirt dress, but still has the same relaxed fit and feel. The midi length and three-quarter sleeves provide the much needed insulation from winter chills or, in my case, from the office air conditioner. Once the weather is warmer, you can wear this transitional dress with a denim jacket.

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ML Monique Lhuillier Draped Lace Dress saksfifthavenue.com

Wedding season never stops, so if you're attending one this January, pick a dress that will also work for a ceremony in June. The time gap in between is just far enough to make you consider re-wearing a look. This lace dress fits the profile with its pastel blue color and semi-sheer long sleeves with ruffles. The designer piece deserves to be shown off more than once, making that $595 price tag worth it.

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Fendi Stretch Jacquard Knit Dress net-a-porter.com

I have a feeling one of the Kardashians already owns this Fendi number. The stretch jacquard-knit hugs your silhouette and features the label's iconic FF logo. For fans obsessed with the designer moniker, the $1,290 price won't stop them from adding this to their checkout carts. 

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Ganni Polka Dot Silk Wrap Dress theoutnet.com

Too cold to wear a skinny spaghetti-wrap slip dress? Pick this satin-silk wrap option instead. The wonderful thing about this is underneath you can layer anything for extra warmth, from a T-shirt to a bodysuit and jeans. Pair with a long beige wool coat.

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M.I.H. Jeans Corduroy Shirt Dress theoutnet.com

This denim corduroy shirtdress gets my vote for being stylish, warm, and affordable. It looks smart, thanks to the belt and symmetrical button pockets, but not overly stuffy and is casual enough for every day wear. In fact, you might just trade in your blue skinny jeans for this corduroy dress. When it's the beginning of spring, roll up your sleeves and unbutton the top buttons. Wear with backless mule flats.

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Nanushka Saffron Cutout Satin Dress net-a-porter.com

If you're not familiar with Nanushka, know this: the Budapest-based fashion label designs feminine pieces that work for any time or place. Take this plum-colored dress with side cutouts, which can work as both a wedding guest dress or at the office with a blazer and sneakers. It's understated elegance will keep this number at the forefront of your closet. 

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Veronica Beard Button-Detail Striped Cotton Dress net-a-porter.com

For an office-appropriate dress with character, grab this Veronica Beard pinstripe number. The dress fastens with a row of asymmetric buttons, a signature of the label, and features a collarless shirt-style top and flounced skirt. It'll look amazing with tights and ankle boots or with heels. 

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