15 Dresses to Shop in January for a Stylish New Year

15 Dresses to Shop in January for a Stylish New Year

No matter the occasion or season, there’s always plenty of opportunities to wear a dress, and of course, an overwhelming amount of options from which to pick. And since there really is no bad time of year to invest in one, we’ve put together a monthly edit of our favorite dresses you can shop right now.

January can be a tough month to dress for, but a new frock will be sure to help you climb out of whatever winter style rut you might find yourself in. From extremely chunky knit dresses with exquisite detailing (like those from Alexander McQueen and Gabriela Hearst) to more casual dresses that resemble sweatshirts more than they do actual dresses (see our picks from Theory and Whistles), there’s a lot to look forward to wearing this month. These are the kind of dresses that you can happily wear at home during this uncertain moment and out again when the time comes. And for those with plans to escape to somewhere warmer, there’s a poolside mini dress on sale and ready to ditch town with you. There’s nothing like a little something new to start the year off with. New year, new dress—or two!

The Bye-Bye Winter Blues

What better way to battle the wintertime S.A.D. than with a little retail therapy? Proenza Schouler White Label’s stretchy long-sleeved maxi might be blue, but its tie-dye swirls are sure to be a cure for the season.

Proenza Schouler White Label tie-dyed stretch-jersey turtleneck dress

The Dress Over Pants Look

One of the most elegant yet comfortable daytime looks in winter is the dress over pants look, and this Joseph tunic is the perfect way to achieve that minimalist layered aesthetic. Plus—it will keep your legs warmer!

Joseph Viviane merino wool turtleneck tunic

The Ultimate Cable Knit

Warm up in this stylishly snowy knit from Gabriela Hearst; its black corset detail does all the cinching and styling work for you.

Gabriela Hearst Tex corset-waist cable-knit midi-dress



The Two in One Dress

If you’re in the market for a sweater dress, consider investing in one that can be worn multiple ways. LVIR’s chunky chocolate ribbed knit dress is actually a two-piece set—including a sleeveless dress and a turtleneck sweater; the styling options are endless!

LVIR ribbed wool maxi dress and turtleneck sweater set

The Winter Escape

Retreating somewhere warm this month? Surely you’ll need to bring along a resort-friendly frock—and this one happens to be on sale.

Cala de la Cruz Laura abstract-print linen kaftan



The Long John Dress

This black long-sleeved turtleneck knit is the ultimate winter base layer in dress form. Layer it under lightweight frocks or simply wear as is. You won’t want to leave home without it!

Polo Ralph Lauren wool-blend knit midi-dress

The Let’s Stay In Dress

Curl up at home in nothing other than this hooded—yes hooded!— wool-cashmere ribbed knit. Bonus, it looks great with black utilitarian boots, too.

Theory dress in felted wool-cashmere

The Leather Dressing

With its leather-trimmed fully zip-front dress, Staud’s reinterpretation of the prepster polo dress receives just the right amount of edge.

Staud Alfred faux-leather accent long-sleeve knit dress

The Vitamin D Dose

Don’t be fooled by its color or cutout— Christopher Kane’s sun-soaked wool-cashmere dress is a wintertime delight.

Christopher Kane cut-out wool-cashmere maxi dress

The That ’70s Dress

From Ganni this season is one very exaggerated yet perfectly retro collar topping a satin jacquard bodice with a contrast stitch.

Ganni satin-jacquard maxi dress

The Zip Collar Knit

One of the coolest knitwear trends now in dress form. This sweatshirt material maxi is a cozy yet polished silhouette and the transition from working at home to the office will be as easy as wearing it.

Whistles Lili zip sweatshirt dress

The After-Holiday Velvet

Velvet dresses don’t expire after December’s festivities, especially one in blue florals.

Stine Goya Ellie velvet devoré metallic long-sleeve dress

The Queen of Cardigans

What could be warmer or chicer than Alexander McQueen’s chunky cardigan dress? Its deep green color is a practical alternative to navy or black, while its sculptural shape adds volume in all the right places.

Alexander McQueen ribbed wool and cashmere-blend midi-dress

The Abstract-Printed Midi

Aeron’s silky midi might be graphic, but its mix of neutrals feels on par with a wintertime color palette.

Aeron Lee mid-length silk dress with adjustable waist

The Wintertime Textures

In a lovely combination of velvet and moiré, Batsheva’s pearl-adorned prairie is both modern and feminine. Might we suggest a pair of sheer tights and loafers to go with it?

Batsheva Ashlyn two-tone velvet and moiré dress