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Twenty dresses to wear when it’s freezing outside

When temperatures plummet, it’s tempting to sacrifice style for bulky sweaters and thermal underwear. But there’s really no need. This city’s stores are full of cozy dresses begging to be layered over tights, leggings or even jeans. Here, 20 long-sleeved, woollen and turtlenecked options to shake up your winter wardrobe.

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Rudsak’s synthetic suede shift dress strikes the perfect balance between feminine and edgy. $145. Rudsak.com.

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This extremely warm Wilfred number is made with a dense boiled wool from Italy. $165. Aritzia.com.

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Defy winter’s unofficial black-on-black rule with this cheerful mustard-yellow knit dress, which can pass for a coordinated skirt-and-sweater combo. $150. Cosstores.com.

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Pink Tartan’s turtleneck dress is made from luxuriously soft (and very warm) merino wool. $445. Pinktartan.com.

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For those days when you just need to ensconce yourself in head-to-toe cableknit. $89. Thebay.com.

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Nothing keeps the torso toasty like faux leather. $39. Joefresh.com.

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Loft’s festive turtleneck dress will take you comfortably through New Years. $125. Loft.com.

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This sophisticated Theory frock is a wintery, office-appropriate staple. $474. Thebay.com.

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Local brand Line Knitwear specializes in ultra-cozy knits, like this body-hugging merino wool dress. $299. Linethelabel.com.

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This earthy, camo printed sweaterdress can be worn on its own, or over baggy boyfriend jeans. $158. Aritzia.com.

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Layer this sporty Tiger of Sweden minidress over leggings and a long-sleeved shirt to liven up a casual weekend outfit. (Bonus: it won’t have to be shoved to the back of the closet come summer). $299. tigerofsweden.com.

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Tanya Taylor’s take on the turtleneck dress comes with an unexpected canary yellow accent. $663. Tanyataylor.com.

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This dramatic smoking dress from Toronto brand Horses Atelier would look great thrown over a simple white turtleneck. $595. Horsesatelier.com.

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This floaty V-neck shirtdress would provide a great contrast to heavy tights and thick scarves. $135. Cosstores.com.

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Because holiday parties shouldn’t mean freezing arms. $148. Jcrew.com.

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It doesn’t get much cozier than a wool-and-cashmere turtleneck dress. This navy number is from Topshop’s runway collection. $370. Thebay.com.

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Club Monaco’s woollen version comes in a soft heather grey with a chunky neckline. $289. Clubmonaco.com.

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This slinky piece will take you effortlessly from the office to cocktails. $80. Thebay.com.

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This grown-up pinafore can be worn over practically anything, including a collared button-down, a basic T-shirt or a knit sweater. $250. Cosstores.com.

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Leather pocket details elevate a cozy cableknit dress from Rudsak. $165. Rudsak.com.

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