A model wearing a plus-size gray maxi dress, a model wearing a plus-size purple maxi dress, and a model wearing a plus-size zebra print maxi dress.

Winter Maxi Dresses Deserve a Spot in Every Cold-Weather Wardrobe

Though some of us might consider maxi dresses a staple for summer vacation photoshoots or boozy spring brunches with our friends, the piece has so much more to offer than simply a warm weather option. Even when the temperatures are absolutely frigid, consider adding a few plus-size winter maxi dresses to your wardrobe. Jeans and turtleneck sweaters are always a solid winter pick, but this season, branch out with a few winter maxis, too. You’ll be amazed (and perhaps a bit surprised) at how effortlessly these wintry beauts pair with your warmest booties and chicest sneakers.

What makes a maxi dress winter-appropriate isn’t just the fact that they’re easily worn with boots and a puffer coat. Available in warm hues, wintry patterns (like dark florals and animal prints), and often with longer sleeves for warmth, these maxis are next-level. Everything you love about winter fashion can be found in a maxi dress—and frankly, they’re all worth shopping.

For those who are still obsessed with the zebra print trend, try it in maxi dress form with your favorite chunky white sneakers this winter. If you’re a fan of silky frocks, opt for a red or green iteration paired with heeled booties. Or, keep it simple with a classic black maxi dress. When you’re outside in the freezing temperatures, just add a warm coat. Yes, wearing maxi dresses in winter really is that simple.

And thankfully, these dresses are as easy to shop as they are to style. From bold winter florals to trendy animal prints, there’s no shortage of gorgeous dresses from which to choose this season. Do yourself a favor and add a few of these 17 pieces to your cart, then watch as they become your new winter uniform.

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1. Porridge Kiera Maxi Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in brown and navy.

shop the look — $158 from Anthropologie


2. Ariana Maxi Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in purple floral.

shop the look — $333 from For Love & Lemons


3. Square Neck Maxi with Full Sleeve

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in burgundy.

shop the look — $124.95 from ELOQUII


4. Patterned Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in zebra print.

shop the look — $29.99 from H&M


5. ASOS DESIGN Shirred Bodice Maxi Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in black and white polka dot.

shop the look — $60 from ASOS


6. Mare Mare Lynda Maxi Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in black and white print.

shop the look — $158 from Anthropologie


7. Dress with Sheen

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in red.

shop the look — $39.99 from H&M


8. Saturday/Sunday Mariah Ribbed Knit Maxi Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in gray.

shop the look — $118 from Anthropologie


9. Boat Neck Long Satin Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in green.

shop the look — $119.95 from ELOQUII


10. Carmela Maxi Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in muted red and tan.

shop the look — $228 from Anthropologie


11. Othilia Bethanne Smocked Maxi Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in dark red and purple stripe.

shop the look — $248 from Anthropologie


12. Missguided Plus-Size Maxi Smock Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in dark red.

shop the look — $64 from ASOS


13. Rachel Pally Caftan Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in leopard print.

shop the look — $273 from CoEdition


14. The Bergen Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in black floral.

shop the look — $248 from Christy Dawn


15. Sheer Maxi Dress with Puff Sleeves

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in red floral print.

shop the look — $139.95 from ELOQUII


16. Leopard Chiffon Maxi Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in leopard print.

shop the look — $85.50 from Torrid


17. ASOS DESIGN Wrap Waist Batwing Sleeve Maxi Dress

A model wearing a plus-size maxi dress in mustard.

shop the look — $79 from ASOS