As hints of cooler temperatures and leaves changing colors on trees mark the beginning of fall, so does it signify the time for finding some new light layers and standalone signature fall pieces. That being said, sweaters, scarves, and warm coats won’t be the only clothes you'll want in your wardrobe this fall. It’s time to shake things up a bit and add in some cute fall dresses to go with your favorite ankle boots, denim or leather jackets, and cardigans, to name a few.
When packing for a fall trip, finding the perfect fall dress that showcases your effortlessly stylish side is a must. Fall dresses are the versatile closet staple you can comfortably wear with minimal effort and still feel as sophisticated and put together as ever. Without a doubt, fall dresses will be your go-to when you need a functional, layered outfit to seamlessly take you from day to night.
How to Style a Fall Dress
Although the weather is finally cooling down, there’s no need to pack away your beloved summer dresses quite yet. Layering a sweater on top, throwing on a light jacket, and swapping out sandals for boots are all ideal ways to incorporate those dresses into your fall wardrobe.
For those warmer fall days, pair a cute long-sleeved dress and denim jacket with your preferred pair of white leather sneakers. On those cooler fall days when layers are essential, a fall dress with a light jacket and boots will be a winning combination.
Long Fall Dresses for Travel
Because fall can bring both warmer and cooler weather, long fall dresses—both midi and maxi dresses—are uniquely perfect for the season. Long fall dresses are undoubtedly as practical as they are darling, and they will prove to be the pieces you gravitate toward to elevate your fall style. By adding long dresses into your fall wardrobe, you are sure to have the ideal starter piece to every outfit, no matter the occasion.
J.Crew's Henley Rib Jersey Dress is a ribbed, long-sleeved midi dress with a deep-V neckline that is an ideal piece for layering—sure to find its way into your favorite fall outfits.
This relaxed-fit Midi Shirt Dress from COS is made from organic woven cotton with an oversized collar, partial button front, and clutch pockets. Its classic, comfortable feel will make this shirtdress a fall staple.
If you are looking for a lightweight maxi dress to take from summer to fall, look no further than Sundry’s Short Sleeve Maxi Dress with Slit. This quintessential closet basic will be your go-to for casual fall outfits.
Cute Fall Travel Dresses 2021
As more cute fall dresses make their way into your closet, you will start to wonder how you ever lived without such comfort, ease, and practicality. Floral patterns, midi- and maxi-lengths, and tiered shirtdress styles are all trending for fall, so start your search here for some dresses you are sure to love.
Pack Your New Fall Dresses for...
Pack your new fall dresses for your next gallivant through Europe, for a wine tasting excursion or a festive pumpkin patch day trip, or for a weekend away in San Francisco to experience its autumnal off season. Of course, a fall trip to New York would not be complete without a chunky sweater and long-sleeved dress combination with heeled boots.
What to Pack with Fall Dresses
Fall dresses will surely comprise one of the most versatile and trendy parts of your closet, and the possible outfits to be made are nearly endless. Wear your favorite pair of knee-high boots or ankle boots with a classic long-sleeved fall dress and your favorite crossbody bag. Or, if you’d prefer, layer an oversized fall sweater over a fall dress with a coat on top for warmth.
Where to Shop for More Fall Dresses
If you are looking for chic, contemporary fall dresses, look to COS or Club Monaco. For those looking for other upscale dress options for fall, check out Aritizia’s signature “everyday luxury” dresses. With a wide range of products available, look to Target for budget-friendly options and Nordstrom for on-trend and elegant looks.