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The Best Fall Dresses to Spend Your Money on Right Now

I can't wait to wear these with boots.

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There is only one solution (okay, it's my solution) when you're feeling lazy but still want to look cute and presentable. Throw on a one-piece, whether that be your navy blue jumpsuit or floral wrap maxi dress. Not having to think about styling separates together is a godsend when you're rushing out the door for work (I kind of miss those days?) or juggling multiple tasks at once, like trying to meet your friend for brunch when you're already 10 minutes behind schedule. The life of your dresses can extend well into fall, if you know which ones to shop for. Unlike your shoulder-baring summer dresses, fall frocks call for more practical elements such as sleeves, longer hemlines, and even heavier fabric—all for the sake of keeping you warm as the temperatures drop. Another plus to rocking a fall dress is that you get to pair it with your favorite knee-high or ankle boots, without getting extra sweaty in that leather footwear. Ahead, I rounded up the best fall dresses to shop right now before the air starts to feel crisp.

A Floral Dress
Voluminous Raglan Sleeve Midi Dress
& Other Stories stories.com

Trade your bright summer florals for darker ones in the fall. That way, you don't have to abandon your love for this print. Instead, you can choose to work it in in a way that feels appropriate for the cooler weather. This midi length dress has cute voluminous sleeves and can easily be paired with ankle boots.

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A Breezy Dress
Libra Slides
Dôen shopdoen.com

How I want to spend the rest of summer: me, in this dress, on my balcony watching the sunset. The breezy staple is perfect, whether you lounge in it at home or pack it with you on your future getaways. 

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A Linen Poplin Dress
Studded-Pocket Linen Poplin Longline Dress
Ganni matchesfashion.com

Ganni's shirt dress draws inspiration from Western shirts (see the studs on the pocket flap) and is made from a lightweight linen poplin material. Slip this number on when you have an important Zoom meeting that requires you to cover up your workout top, but you still want to feel comfortable.

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A Shinobu Midi Dress
Shinobu Layered Midi Dress
Altuzarra net-a-porter.com

For pre-fall, designer Joseph Altuzarra collaborated with a traditional Nagoya-based Shibori studio on a number of pieces, including this dress, that uses the traditional process of creating hand-dyed prints. The result are pieces with unique designs you won't find anywhere else.

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A Pleated Shirt Dress
Striped Shirt With Pocket
Zara zara.com

For the ultimate touch of sophistication on a budget, Zara has you covered with its pleated shirt dress. All you need is a good pair of leather knee-high boots and you're ready to head out the door.

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A Cardigan Dress
V-Neck Cardigan Sweater Dress
Wilfred aritzia.com

If I could live in leggings for the rest of my life, I would. But I also love my going-out clothes and want to look cute, so the middle ground is this cardigan sweater dress. I can lounge in it during the day and, later, step out wearing it to the park for a friend's birthday picnic.

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A Silk Dress
Palazzo Dress Cherrywood Morrison Floral
Paige paige.com

For a dress that's soft to the touch, invest in this 100 percent silk georgette wrap dress. It comes in pretty autumnal colors and is the perfect way to transition into fall.  

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A Sweater Dress
Fern Eyelet Combo Sweater Dress
Sea shopbop.com

If you could never figure out the sweater and dress combo, no worries. This fall, Sea has your back by incorporating a sweater onto an eyelet dress with scalloped edges. The result is feminine, sweet, and requires little to no need for styling separate pieces ever again.

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A Floral Satin Dress
Plumeria Blooms Long Sleeve Hammered Satin Dress
Vince nordstrom.com

Here's a satin dress you can wear into the office and also to a low-key wedding. All you need to do is play around with the footwear and accessories depending on the occasion. 

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A White Midi Dress
Half Placket Long Sleeve Midi Dress
Club Monaco nordstrom.com

The dress you can wear on Labor Day weekend and also post LD festivities. (Yes, you can wear white after this holiday!) It's a classic piece to keep in your closet because it feels dressy and casual at the same time.

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A Printed Midi Dress
Button-Front Dress
H&M hm.com

Not quite animal spots or stripes, this printed dress is perfect for those seeking a design that isn't too loud. It has classic shirt dress details from a stand up collar to buttons on the front. A built-in belt makes it easy to cinch in the garment according to your body shape.

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An 100 Percent Silk Dress
Penelope Mango Rainbow Print Silk Midi Dress
Lisou lisou.co.uk

Not a fan of dressing up for Halloween? You can still tap into the holiday spirit with an orange dress. This one has a long neck tie and features a blue rainbow print.

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A T-Shirt Dress
The Luxe Cotton Side-Slit Tee Dress Olive
Everlane everlane.com

An easy cotton t-shirt dress that looks good whether you wear a denim or leather jacket with it. Heck, you can even throw on a trench coat and that will work.  

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A Puff-Sleeve Dress
Belted Surplice Maxi Dress
New York & Company nyandcompany.com

Gabrielle Union helped design this dress, so if you're a fan of hers, you'll want to scoop this number right up. The red dress is bold yet wearable and features trendy puff sleeves. 

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A Denim Wrap Dress
Elodie Denim Wrap Dress
Ética nordstrom.com

The cooler weather means it's time to break out your denim dresses. Now you can properly wear them without sweating your butt off. This wrap dress style is as effortless to wear as a pair of blue jeans, and it's much more interesting too.

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A Floral Mini Dress
Ruffle Sleeve Popover Minidress
Madewell nordstrom.com

The beginning of autumn is my favorite time of year because you can still get away with wearing your mini dresses as long as there is some coverage—like this one with cap sleeves. Rock it with a thigh-high leather boot and trench coat.

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A Pouf-Sleeve Shirt Dress
Studio 189 Pouf Sleeve Shirt Dress
Industrie Africa industrieafrica.com

This dress is made to order, which means the piece you receive will fit you to the T. Local artisans hand weave this garment to create those linear patterns you see that reflect traditional West African design.

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A Long-Sleeve Dress
Chevron Jacquard Print Midi Dress
Current Air shopcurrentair.com

This dress has it all: puff sleeves, a removable belt, and a subtle chevron print. You can wear it well into fall thanks to the long sleeves, which will keep you warmer than your other shoulder-baring styles.

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