How to Choose the Right Coat for Your Dress

Woman wearing long pink coat

Wearing a dress in the colder months can be a bit tricky. First, you want to pick a dress that you won’t freeze in. Secondly, you start to wonder if you should wear tights—nude or black —or just go bare leg.

Just as you’re about to run out the door, you remember that you haven’t selected a coat or jacket to wear to complement your dress. This is always a challenge: What kind of coat should I wear to stay warm but also match my dress? To make this task a bit easier, here’s a guide on some dress and coat combinations that will never fail.

Woman wearing grey blazer with a navy dress


Never restrict blazers to just professional events. Blazers can be quite fashionable when paired with the right outfit. It’s the trick to instantly polishing your look into something more sophisticated.

With all the different cuts, length, and styles of blazers, you can definitely have fun bringing in a different element to your outfit. A more cropped blazer will flatter your waist, but a longer blazer can also bring more attention to the silhouette of your dress.

Woman wearing a leather jacket with a long dress

Leather Jacket

You can never go wrong with a leather jacket—no matter the outfit or season. Throwing a leather (or faux leather) jacket over your dress brings in a certain cool and effortless vibe that can really change the look of your outfit.

Make sure you have one that hugs your body well and flatters your waist. You want to wear a coat that accentuates the shape of your dress, not hide it.

Woman wearing red dress with black faux fur coat

Faux Fur Coat

Throwing a faux fur coat over your dress is the best way to immediately take your outfit to the next level. No matter the color, texture, or length, a faux fur coat brings a certain boldness and confidence to your outfit unlike anything else.

Depending on the style you’re chasing, go for an oversized coat for a more effortless look or a fitted one for something more glam. You’ll be surprised by now versatile a faux fur coat can be!

Women wearing red wool coat with black glitzy dress

Wool Coat

The wool coat is your classic go-to. You’ll never look out of place at any event wearing one over your dress. A wool coat can immediately pull look together your look and elevate your outfit to something very chic and classy.

Depending on the length of your dress, you can choose a maxi coat or a mid-length coat. Playing around with silhouettes can also bring more interest to your outfit, whether it’s fitted, flared, or boyfriend-style.


Suede is the more subtle alternative to leather. With a softer but trendy touch to your outfit, bringing in this fun texture can totally amplify your look. With so many different styles of the suede coat, you can definitely find the perfect one for your dress. If you want an option with a bigger statement, select a rich, dark-colored suede to complete your look.

Puffer Coat

If you’re looking to make your outfit a bit more casual and even a bit grungier, topping off your dress with a puffer coat will do just the trick.

To balance out the boxier look of this coat, wear a body-hugging dress or a shorter dress to bring more appeal to your look. Playing around with the different lengths of a puffer coat can also quickly change the look of your outfit.

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