The Biggest Fall Dress Trends—and 25 to Shop Right Now

Rebecca Suhrawardi
The Biggest Fall Dress Trends—and 25 to Shop Right Now
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Between thick September issues teasing us with fashion-filled pages and the allure of classic fall staples like cozy sweaters, cute coats, and crisp trousers, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by the amount of pieces we’re told we absolutely need for fall and those we really want.

And for those exact reasons, we took the guesswork out of updating your autumn style game and rounded up 25 must-have dresses for the upcoming season. Dresses are the perfect foundation for building looks because, like the fairy godmother of your closet, they’re fashion shape-shifters that can be layered in lots of ways. To wit: Toss a blazer over a classic shift for a perfectly buttoned-up look, or put a turtleneck under that same dress and you instantly have something cool.

We whittled the massive options down according to the biggest fall trends: the slip dress, patchwork, sequins, Eastern influence and velvet. Click through the gallery to shop our picks for the season’s best dresses!

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The Velvet Dress

Balmain Stretch Cotton Velvet Mini-Dress, $4,000; at Net-a-Porter

The Velvet Dress

Needle & Thread Fleur Devore Velvet Maxi Dress, $493; at ASOS

The Velvet Dress

ASOS Midi Dress in Velvet Burnout Spot, $37; at ASOS

The Velvet Dress

Commes des Garcons Girl Black Velvet Suspender Dress, $485; at SSENSE

The Velvet Dress

ASOS Midi Dress in Velvet Burnout Spot, $37; at ASOS

The Patchwork Dress

Christopher Kane Patchwork Lace Dress, $4,350; at Net-a-Porter

The Patchwork Dress

Diane von Furstenberg, Layla Print Silk Dress, $468; at Nordstrom

The Patchwork Dress

Donna Morgan Print Jersey Fit & Flare Dress, $118; at Nordstrom

The Patchwork Dress

Michael van der Ham Flora Fil Coupe, Jacquard and Devore Dress, $2,040; at Net-a-Porter

The Patchwork Dress

Sea Patchwork Lace Dress, $415; at Shopbop

The Sequin Dress

Ashish Sequined Silk Georgette Mini Dress, $2,540; at Net-a-Porter

The Sequin Dress

Native Rose Sparkle of the Circus Dress, $170; at ASOS

The Sequin Dress

Needle & Thread Embellished Chiffon Mini Dress, $400; at Net-a-Porter

The Sequin Dress

Nina Ricci Long Sleeve Sequin Dress, $3,990; at Shopbop

The Sequin Dress

Saylor Naomi Sequin Dress, $231; at Revolve Clothing

The Eastern-Inspired Dress

Alexander McQueen Abstract Floral-Print Kimono Gown, $6,995; at Bergdorf Goodman

The Eastern-Inspired Dress

BCBG Brittni Cape Kimono Dress, $248; at BCBG

The Eastern-Inspired Dress

Rolla’s Eastern Long Sleeve Dress, $74; at Revolve Clothing

The Eastern-Inspired Dress

Tome Pink Silk Belted Kimono Dress, $1310; at Avenue 32

The Eastern-Inspired Dress

Traffic People Eastern Print Odyssey Shift Dress, $35; at ASOS

The Slip Dress

Halston Heritage Double Strap Long Slip Dress, $375; at Neiman Marcus

The Slip Dress

Plenty by Tracy Reese Print Slipdress, $168; at Nordstrom

The Slip Dress

Rag & Bone Cove Silk Twill Maxi Dress, $595; at Net-a-Porter

The Slip Dress

Topshop Striped Midi Slip Dress, $68; at Topshop

The Slip Dress

Tanya Taylor Bella Print Silk Dress, $650; at Nordstrom

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