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Five key dresses to know about this season, from flowing patterned midis to sleek slip dresses. Just add hard-working accessories and you’re good to go

The chic polka-dot dress

Pretty, vintage-inspired polka dots are an all-year-round staple, and this wear-anywhere black satin midi dress promises great cost-per-wear value. For an everyday look that still packs a punch, try styling with wedge ankle boots – perfect whether you’re headed to the office or for a celebratory dinner with friends. Temperatures dropping? Wear thermal tops and leggings underneath for a discreet layer of warmth.

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The fail-safe party dress

Sparkles are a festive mainstay that make for a party outfit you’ll be able to rely on for years to come. With its relaxed-yet-flattering fit and subtle metallic sheen, this knitted midi dress is the ideal option for winter soirées, from Christmas cocktail parties through to New Year’s Eve. For a night on the tiles, pair it with a pair of gorgeous party shoes and up the cosy factor with a plush faux-fur coat.

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The do-it-all midi

In winter, we often gravitate towards darker, more muted tones when getting dressed, so adding some beautiful prints and patterns is a great way to keep your wardrobe feeling vibrant. This retro-inspired midi shirt dress is a wise investment that will earn its keep during the cooler months. Feeling the chill on dark, frosty mornings? Try layering with a knitted sweater vest and teaming with chunky boots to ground the look firmly in 2023.

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The cosy knitted dress

We’re planning on cocooning ourselves in comfortingly soft jumper dresses all winter to beat the chill in style. Choose styles with ribbed textures and fitted silhouettes for an effortlessly put-together look – perfect for a day in the office or for drinks with friends. We love this M&S Collection jumper dress in black – the sleek silhouette makes it a sophisticated addition to your line-up of winter dresses. What’s more, it’s made with breathable viscose using natural wood fibres from responsibly managed forests.

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The versatile slip dress

We recommend investing in a minimalist slip dress to layer over lightweight roll-neck tops and T-shirts, or under chunky cable-knit jumpers. Nobody’s Child’s silver slip dress could be your most-worn item this season – simply dress it down with trainers for day and up with strappy heels for evening. 

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Words: Rebecca Hastings and Dulcie Emerson