As the daily decision of going bare-legged and coat-free versus dusting off our trusty opaques and grabbing a cosy cover-up becomes ever more apparent (along with the contents of our handbag expanding to fit an umbrella, sunglasses and an extra emergency layer), it’s no surprise that we feel slightly confused during the autumn/winter season—and this seems to be the case with dresses too.

Can we still wear them? How do we wear them? And, most importantly, which ones actually look good with tights? Now our summer dresses are firmly in their vacuum bags, it’s time to think about the ones that will tick all the boxes. With our help, you can find a frock that’ll keep you feeling both chic and cosy during the chilly British winter. From Rixo’s must-have wrap dress to Nanushka’s high-neck classic, these are the dresses to buy from now and wear until spring.

Print clash for extra points. 
Heavier fabrics like velvet with all-over sequins will keep you warmer for an evening soirée.
Layer with a Breton top underneath and white ankle boots. 
Tan suede = instant cosy points. 
Everyone will ask you where you got this ochre beauty from. 
Go faux. 
Feeling daring? Clash with knee high snake-print boots.
You can wear hidden layers like thermal legging underneath when the chill comes, and no one will ever know.
It’s the winter version of the must-have satin slip dress. 
Add a grey roll neck and slouch knee high boots underneath for day. 
The mint hue version has already sold out–we predict this one will be next. 
The clashing check makes it look super expensive. 
Team with mock croc boots and statement ear-candy. 
Bound to be the next Rixo It frock. 
Add a checked blazer for extra layers.  
Go Gucci and you can’t fail. 
Very fabulous with bare legs and knee-high boots.
It may be a summer material but the shirt dress style is perfect for layering over roll neck knits with chunky boots.