We're all familiar with summer dresses and how easy they make our lives, thanks to the fact that all you need to style them with is a good pair of shoes, and an accessory or two. 

However, winter fashion - runway worthy as it is - requires a lot more thought. More than just looking as crisp as an autumn leaf, dressing for cooler temperatures entails balancing practicality with your personal style x-factor. I mean, no one wants their drip to be the reason they're on a drip a week later.

Besides knitwear dresses or special occasion dresses, we tend to move our dresses to the back of our wardrobes, come May. 

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Of course, there are exceptions as not all dresses were made for Camps Bay sunset pictures. There are those practical ones you can sport in different ways from January to January - it just all comes down to layering and styling. 

So with that said, these are the three must-have dresses we recommend this winter:

Tweed mini

Why not channel Chanel in this season's biggest textile trend; tweed?

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Styling

It's already a winter-friendly fabric, so all you need to pair it with is a turtleneck or plain white shirt, a matching tweed jacket if you can, and some cute or barely there hosiery. 

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 05: Candela Pelizza, wearing
3 must-have winter dresses

Shop:

Buttoned waistcoat dress, R1 199 at ZARA

3 must-have winter dresses

READ MORE: The Chanel style tweed is the hottest new fabric for winter

Print-cess maxi

... or midi.

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It doesn't matter whether it's a wrap dress or a button-down frock, just so long as it's in a printed fabric. This type of dress is the perfect kind to add colour to winter's dark hues. 

Styling

Any jacket or blazer in a solid colour works here. Complete the look with a statement pair of ankle or calf-length boots.

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Shop:

Cobalt Maxi Shirt Dress, R999 at Poetry

3 must have winter dresses

Floral maxi warp dress, on offer for R599 at Superbalist

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Monochrome mini

A mini dress in a one solid hue should speak before you do.

PARIS, FRANCE - MARCH 03: Xenia Adonts seen in the

Styling:

You can go for a full monochrome look by accessorising in the same colour from head to toe like Janelle Monáe.

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Or you can play with length by slinging a long statement coat over your shoulders.

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An alternative way to play with length is by wearing thigh-high boots with your winter mini.

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Shop:

Black knit mini dress, R499 at Cotton On

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