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These 4 dresses will solve all your winter “going out” outfit woes

Photography By Michael Comninus for RIISE
Published 05.08.22

Do you feel like everyone is in Europe right now? Sipping cocktails on secret beaches with impossibly blue water, light summer dresses swaying in the breeze.

You’re either living this fantasy or experiencing it vicariously through your social media feeds, screenshotting location tags and summer outfits from underneath two doonas.  

The constant stream of swimming spots and al fresco meals is enough to make anyone stuck in the Southern Hemisphere want to log off forever. But you don’t need to be poolside in Greece to enjoy one of summer’s simplest pleasures: slipping into a dress.  

Easy, breezy and beautiful, these garments are a favourite in the warmer months. And we’re about to show you why there’s no reason to stop living in dresses when the mercury drops, especially when it comes to events. Meet the warm dress – an elusive wardrobe staple that will keep you looking fly through the cooler months. From a head-turning evening gown made from deadstock silk to an organic cotton and hemp flannel dress with a sculptural twist, these garments prove that you can (and should) be wearing dresses in winter. 

Michael Comninus for RIISE

The Devon Dress


What do you get when you combine the warmth of a flannelette sheet set with the expert design eye of one of Australia’s most exciting transparent brands? A beautiful (and incredibly cosy) dress that we’ll be wearing to every single event in the cooler months of the year. This chic garment ticks all the style boxes with its deep neck slit, lightly flared sleeves, flattering twist detail, crisp slate-grey colour and mid-calf cut. Made from a plush blend of organic cotton and hemp flannel, it is perfect for keeping warm at your next dinner party or winter wedding, just add black pumps and some fancy earrings 


The Skivvy Rib Dress


If warmth is right at the top of your winter clothing priority list, this is the dress for you. Essentially the full-length version of a skivvy, it protects your body in all the right places while also delivering all the casually cool vibes we’ve come to know and love from turtlenecks. It’s stretchy yet snug, with just five per cent of Lycra added to the organic cotton fabric to maintain its shape after washing and for extra firmness against the curves of your body. Available in classic black or cream, we style ours with a woolly sweater and boots for a winter look that is equal parts fashionable and practical.  

Michael Comninus for RIISE

The Field Dress


This ruched smock dress is our pick for a comfortable winter look that also packs a style punch. It’s made from an organic cotton and flannel blend with a high neckline, long sleeves and an ankle-grazing hem that will protect you from the elements. The bell sleeves add a playful touch to the pared-back design which comes complete with pockets. As the name suggests, it is perfect for any event that involves frolicking in a field such as picnics or dog-walking dates. Add a little edge to the look with some vintage-inspired frames by Childe Eyewear 


The Batwing Dress


Live your Oscars red carpet fantasy at your next winter event in this stunning deadstock silk dress. Whether you’re attending a movie premiere or important work event, or you simply want to look like a total knockout at a party, this dress has you covered. Literally. The long sleeves, finished with beautiful tie detailing, and floor-length cut are enough for us to justify it as a sensible choice in cooler weather. It’s hard to believe this material was once destined for landfill when you feel it flowing across your body like water. There’s also a side slit to help you move with ease. Cinch it in with the accompanying silk belt for an hourglass shape or wear loose and let those fabulous batwing sleeves and flattering A-line cut do all the work.   

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