In the blistering heat of summer, we slip on light dresses and skirts to keep cool. But with weather like we've had this week, the idea of wearing a dress can be enough to make one shudder.

Nonetheless, it can be done. 

Here are a few things to pay attention to when picking a fit-for-winter dress.

1. Material: Knit, wool, velvet and other thicker materials are always good options for any type of winter wear because they're less breathable and insulate the body more. 

2. Coverage: Go for coverage on the top (think long sleeves or turtlenecks) or the bottom (think maxi skirts). If you're trading one for the other, look for a dress that can be easily paired with a cardigan or jacket on top, or tights and boots (or booties) on the bottom.

3. Versatility: Finding a dress that offers either more coverage on the top or bottom - but not both - and works with layers will allow you to get more wears out of it - late fall and early spring, for example.

From left:

Metallic Dolman Sweater Dress, Anthropologie, $148 - Pairs well with tights, leggings, high boots, booties or a chunky piece of statement jewelry.

Military Style Dress, Zara, $50 - Pairs well with bare legs, semi-opaque tights, or a sleek pair of high or low boots.

Keys Knit Dress, Cake Boutique, $180 - Pairs well with bare legs, a sleek pair of low boots, booties or closed toed pumps, or an eye catching, but delicate piece of jewelry.

Be Minted Shirt Dress, Bohme, $52.50 - Pairs well with bare legs, high lace up boots (heeled or flat) or a belt.