15 Fall Date-Night Dresses Because Making Decisions on Tinder Is Hard Enough

Disappointment never looked so good.

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Even if you are like Hari Nef in that the thirst is both very real and very year-round, autumn is arguably *the* season for the age-old mating ritual of meeting people once, never seeing them again, then plotting to live in an Irish castle with your cats like Enya. Might as well be chic doing it, though, so shop 15 bad-Tinder-date-saving dresses ahead.

<p>This is what we (<a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/a20615/mestiza-cocktail-dresses/" target="_blank">this cool brand</a> and now me) call a <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BJQMRkjBQl0/?taken-by=mestiza_ny" target="_blank">ta-da dress</a>: Looks workplace-friendly in the front, but then you turn around, and BAM.
</p><p>$75, <a href="http://us.aritzia.com/product/moulton-dress/60137.html?dwvar_60137_color=1274" target="_blank">us.aritzia.com</a>.</p>
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Aritzia

This is what we (this cool brand and now me) call a ta-da dress: Looks workplace-friendly in the front, but then you turn around, and BAM.

$75, us.aritzia.com.

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<p>What's brown and ruffly and weirdly cute all over? </p><p>$495, <a href="http://www.thisisveda.com/collections/dresses/products/crown-silk-dress-dark-chocolate" target="_blank">thisisveda.com</a>.</p>
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Veda

What's brown and ruffly and weirdly cute all over?

$495, thisisveda.com.

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<p>When you love a <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/g3650/spring-tops-earrings/" target="_blank">tie-back bodysuit</a> so much you buy the dress version of it. (The <a href="http://www.marieclaire.com/fashion/news/g3650/spring-tops-earrings/" target="_blank">earring pairing</a> still stands.) </p><p>$112, <a href="http://www.pixiemarket.com/sunday-tie-back-midi-dress-by-new-revival.html" target="_blank">pixiemarket.com</a>.</p>
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New Revival

When you love a tie-back bodysuit so much you buy the dress version of it. (The earring pairing still stands.)

$112, pixiemarket.com.

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<p>Off-the-shoulder, body-con, *and* mini? Oh yes, we're going there. </p><p>$98, <a href="https://www.thereformation.com/products/date-dress-sid" target="_blank">thereformation.com</a>.</p>
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Reformation

Off-the-shoulder, body-con, *and* mini? Oh yes, we're going there.

$98, thereformation.com.

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<p>Great for a first date because "the girl in saffron" is 1) unmissable and 2) an ace book title. </p><p>$300, <a href="http://www.datura.com/dresses-jumpsuits/citric-silk-shirt-dress" target="_blank">datura.com</a>.</p>
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Datura

Great for a first date because "the girl in saffron" is 1) unmissable and 2) an ace book title.

$300, datura.com.

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<p>Add boots, and you're good to go...out dancing after he turns out to not look like any of his pictures. </p><p>$195, <a href="http://realisationpar.com/the-goldie-star-struck/" target="_blank">realisationpar.com</a>.</p>
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Réalisation Par

Add boots, and you're good to go...out dancing after he turns out to not look like any of his pictures.

$195, realisationpar.com.

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<p>Tulle and pleats and a nipped-in waist for when you want to get properly dressed up. Because sometimes, that's the only good part of all this. Other plus: Good for other people's weddings. </p><p>$720, <a href="http://shop.hanleynyc.us/collections/dresses/products/tulle-dolman-dress" target="_blank">shop.hanleynyc.com</a>.</p>
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Hanley

Tulle and pleats and a nipped-in waist for when you want to get properly dressed up. Because sometimes, that's the only good part of all this. Other plus: Good for other people's weddings.

$720, shop.hanleynyc.com.

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<p>More backless, this time with a T-bar-closure belt and Gucci-heyday vibes. </p><p>$198, <a href="http://www.revolve.com/majorelle-caspian-dress-in-black/dp/MALR-WD4/?d=Womens" target="_blank">revolve.com</a>.</p>
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Majorelle

More backless, this time with a T-bar-closure belt and Gucci-heyday vibes.

$198, revolve.com.

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<p>Velvet is very touchable. ("BUT FOR WHOM?" she asked.) </p><p>$60, <a href="http://shop.mango.com/US/p0/women/clothing/dresses/mini/halter-velvet-dress/?id=71043642_69&n=1&s=prendas.vestidosprendas" target="_blank">shop.mango.com</a>.</p>
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Mango

Velvet is very touchable. ("BUT FOR WHOM?" she asked.)

$60, shop.mango.com.

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<p>Dating advice: Do your rendition of Paris Hilton's "Stars Are Blind" early on, while wearing this, just so they know what they're getting into.  </p><p>$51, <a href="http://www.frontrowshop.com/product/frs-star-print-knot-detail-dress" target="_blank">frontrowshop.com</a>.</p>
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Front Row Shop

Dating advice: Do your rendition of Paris Hilton's "Stars Are Blind" early on, while wearing this, just so they know what they're getting into.

$51, frontrowshop.com.

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<p>This works too. (Also works in winter with a turtleneck underneath.) </p><p>$195, <a href="http://www.stories.com/us/Ready-to-wear/Dresses/Embroidered_Stars_Satin_Dress/582938-103704488.1" target="_blank">stories.com</a>.</p>
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& Other Stories

This works too. (Also works in winter with a turtleneck underneath.)

$195, stories.com.

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<p>If he's not into the bell sleeves, "you and that hot outfit can just walk right out of there," to <a href="https://www.facebook.com/MarieClaire/videos/10154176809310127/" target="_blank">quote one of our sassiest Facebook followers</a> &lt;3. </p><p>$70, <a href="http://www.hm.com/us/product/53167?article=53167-A" target="_blank">hm.com</a>.</p>
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H&M

If he's not into the bell sleeves, "you and that hot outfit can just walk right out of there," to quote one of our sassiest Facebook followers <3.

$70, hm.com.

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<p>Impress 'em with your ability to keep glasses upright and spaghetti neatly twirled. </p><p>$395, <a href="http://www.tibi.com/shop/dresses/stretch-faille-lantern-sleeve-dress" target="_blank">tibi.com</a>.</p>
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Tibi

Impress 'em with your ability to keep glasses upright and spaghetti neatly twirled.

$395, tibi.com.

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<p>A little bit Balmain, a little bit of <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/BF6aQsYSuwg/?taken-by=pandorasykes" target="_blank">Pandora Sykes here</a>.</p><p>$125, <a href="http://us.topshop.com/en/tsus/product/blazer-dress-5667483" target="_blank">topshop.com</a>.</p>
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Topshop

A little bit Balmain, a little bit of Pandora Sykes here.

$125, topshop.com.

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<p>A shimmery, old-time-y sailor dress but with a deep V to represent all the contradictions of the modern woman. </p><p>$50, <a href="http://www.zara.com/us/en/woman/dresses/short-shimmer-dress-c269185p3697128.html" target="_blank">zara.com</a>.</p>
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Zara

A shimmery, old-time-y sailor dress but with a deep V to represent all the contradictions of the modern woman.

$50, zara.com.

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