Now that autumn’s officially here, you can begin (if you haven’t already) transitioning your wardrobe. It’s finally time for the best fall dresses—to swap out sundresses for long-sleeve midi dresses and cozy knit dresses that can be layered with tights, cardigans, boots, and coats. If you’ve surveyed your closet and realized you could use new dresses (or perhaps you just want to update your wardrobe), we’re here to help.
We’ve scoured our favorite retailers (including Amazon, Target, Nordstrom, Madewell, Anthropologie, and Free People) to find fall-forward frocks that are perfect for chilly weather. Whether you’re shopping for a wedding guest dress, a maxi dress that photographs beautifully in a pumpkin patch, an oversized sweater dress you can wear around the house, or a gift for your girlfriend ahead of the holiday season, below, we’ve assembled the best fall dresses by retailer.
As a bonus to your wallet (because, well, inflation): All of the dresses are under $150 (and most are under $100). You’re welcome.
You’ll find some of the very best autumn dresses on Amazon, naturally. The retailer wins top marks in every category: style, affordability, and super fast shipping. Here are some standouts that are really giving fall vibes, including a rib-knit turtleneck mini dress, romantic wrap dresses, and pretty, printed floral dresses. The turtleneck dress would pair beautifully with leggings and loafers or knee-high boots.
Another of our favorite retailers, Target doesn’t disappoint in the dress department. From button-front, plaid, T-shirt dresses to a faux leather little black dress, all of these versatile dresses are under $50. Bless.
What’s fall fashion without a look at Nordstrom’s lineup? You’ll find a wide array of pumpkin spice season-appropriate gowns, from cottagecore midi dresses with puff sleeves from Madewell to a sexy slip dress from Astr the Label that looks effortlessly dressy with a leather jacket and strappy heels or booties.
One of our go-to shops for work- and weekend-wear is Madewell, and though its dresses are pricier than some of the others on this list, we think they’re well worth your consideration. Madewell’s dreamy dresses come in the perfect palette for fall, with rusty tones, school-esque plaid patterns, longer hemlines, and pockets. So many pockets. Plus, right now, Madewell has a huge insider sale going on which ends September 26—so move fast!
Here are some delightful fall dresses from Anthropologie, including a unique, animal print wrap dress, comfy knotted, tie-front dress, and breezy, floral mini dress that falls in ruffled tiers.
If you’re hunting for a fall wedding guest dress, we’re wish-listing this ruffled midi dress from J.Crew, which comes in a dusty, floral print, has a plunging V-neck, and would look gorgeous paired with a heel, boot, clog, or even white sneaker. Other dressy but dress-down-able options include a classic denim mini and a smocked, autumnal take on a sundress (all of which would transition well back into spring).
Known for its boho-babe aesthetic, Free People’s fall selection features a range of billowing sleeves, flirty hemlines, and soft, stretchy fabrics.