The Best Fall Dresses, According To Shoppers Who Bought Them

The fall is officially here, which means cue the pumpkin-spiced everything, leafy retreats to log cabins, and, of course, cozy knits. But if you thought the end of summer also meant the end of the dress, let us remind you that there are a number of fabulous fall dresses just waiting to be paired with your favorite autumn-ready chunky loafers or black booties. But which one to pick?

While there are some fall dress trends you can count on to make a comeback as soon as temperatures start to drop (we’re talking sleeves, plaid, and sweater-inspired styles), others are more of the minute, like smocked bodices and cardigans that can double as a dress. Whether you want an everyday piece, a fancy fall wedding guest dress, or a work-approved style, we turned to shoppers themselves to help us find the top picks for the season ahead. They’ve left ratings and reviews across the best-selling styles from all our go-to retailers, like Everlane, J.Crew, Free People, and beyond. We’ve followed the proverbial breadcrumbs in order to round up 15 of the best fall dresses on the internet right now.

Welcome to Hype Machine, our hit-list of the top reviewed products across the web — according to a crowd of die-hard shoppers. Call this your 4-star-and-up club, with entry granted by our devoted-to-the-goods shop editors.

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Pact The Downtime Sweatshirt Dress

The Comfy Everyday Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 168 reviews on WearPact.com

Pact’s favorite Essential Sweatshirt has now evolved into a relaxed-fit dress that flatteringly hits right above the knee. It’s the fall essential that you’ll repeatedly wear to the gym, errands, and home throughout the cool autumn.

“This sweatshirt dress is the whole package — maximum comfort and still quite cute. It fits true to size, did not shrink in the wash (on delicate), and has good body contours. Also, it leaves a feminine silhouette without being too tight,” a reviewer writes in detail. “It’s warm with leggings and long enough to wear without when the weather is hot. The pockets are great too. I hardly want to wear anything else!”

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PACT The Downtime Sweatshirt Dress, $, available at PACT

Everlane The Field Dress

The Never-Failing Transitional Dress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 44 reviews Everlane.com

Look no further for the effortless transitional dress of the season. It’s made of ultra-soft, lightweight cotton for breathability in the warmer seasons, and its polished all-black style allows easy layering in the cooler months.

“I absolutely love the fit of this dress. It’s very breezy and comfortable to wear. Also, I like that I can wear this in both the Chicago summers and the winters with leggings and a cardigan on top,” writes a reviewer. “It’s so versatile I know the ways I can wear this are endless. When it comes to the fit I like my clothes a bit loose, so I usually buy a size 4, but this time I bought a 2 and it fit perfectly!”

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Everlane The Field Dress, $, available at Everlane

Asos Design Sweetheart Neck Ruched Midi Tea Dress In Floral Print

The Designated Fall Frock

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 11 reviews on Asos.com

Just gazing at this sweetheart neck midi dress you’ll feel like fall has arrived. The burgundy, orange, and olive green floral print exudes autumn vibes. Prepare to frolic through the fallen leaves in the upcoming months with a pair of boots.

“It was a last minute decision to buy this dress for a festival and I am so glad I did,” writes a reviewer. “The fabric is such good quality and it fits perfectly. It’s now my favorite dress ever and I can see it lasting a really long time! The colors are so vibrant and pretty. I’ve received lots of compliments.”

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ASOS DESIGN Sweetheart Neck Ruched Midi Tea Dress In Floral Print, $, available at ASOS

J.Crew Zip-Front Chino Dress

The Jazzy Utilitarian Dress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 39 reviews on Jcrew.com

If you’re a fan of the sleek utilitarian style — like cargo denim — then try out a dress version. The professional ulterior is suitable for the office and for elevated events. Yet, it has the fun touch with bright colors like salmon pink, slate green, and navy.

“I love this dress and get compliments every time I wear it. It’s comfortable and easy to throw on, but I feel instantly put together, so I can wear it to work meetings, and it’s flattering,” writes a reviewer. “It washes well, too (I don’t put it in the dryer except for a few minutes to steam, then hang dry).”

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J.Crew Zip-Front Chino Dress, $, available at J.Crew

Eloquii Faux Leather Shirtdress

The Trendy Mini

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 60 reviews on Eloquii.com

Tap into one of fall’s hottest trends of faux leather with this buttery soft shirtdress. It’s designed for the fashionable gals who adore that luxe aesthetic. The dropped shoulder and front buttons add a nonchalant flair, while the belt allows for a chic cinched appearance.

“I’m a curvy size 16 girl and this dress is everything. I can’t wait to rock it this fall,” writes a reviewer. “Not only is it a great fit, but the color is a rich caramel. It feels great, looks like real leather — it’s a must-have.”

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Eloquii Faux Leather Shirtdress, $, available at Eloquii

Venus Plaid High Low Dress

The Classic Fall Dress

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 18 reviews on Venus.com

Twirl around in this plaid high-low mini dress and watch the skirt flow around you. The styling opportunities are endless with this timeless piece, as you can let down the sleeves for a modest appearance or roll it up for a laid-back look. Make sure to order a size up, as reviewers have reported that the bust can be tight because of the button front.

“I love this dress. I read the reviews before I ordered and ordered 1 size up as suggested because it runs small,” shares a reviewer. “The dress is comfy and cute. I haven’t had a chance to wear it yet, but I’m excited to dress it up with black boots and hat!”

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Venus Plaid High Low Dress, $, available at Venus

Free People Edie Dress

The Goddess Dress

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 164 reviews on FreePeople.com

With a little bit of boho, flowy sleeves, and button-up front, this maxi dress mixes up all the top trends with an ethereal silhouette to boot.

“I love everything about this dress…especially all of the compliments I get when wearing. I have the white and just purchased the brown,” writes a reviewer. “I literally have never worn it and not be[en] told how amazing it is. It’ll make you feel like the goddess you should feel like. I’m 5’8” and about 160lbs. I purchased large and medium and love how both fits. I’ve styled them for every season of the year with flip-flops and knee boots. You can’t go wrong with this dress!”

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Free People Edie Dress, $, available at Free People

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Dress

The Cashmere Choice

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 255 reviews on OneQuince.com

There’s one word that immediately comes to mind when we hear the phrase “sweater weather”: cashmere. This turtleneck dress by the brand Quince — known for high-quality basics at radically low prices — is both flattering and comfortable, and it’s made from the softest grade A cashmere to make your autumn attire dreams come true.

“I love this cozy dress,” exclaims a reviewer. “It’s a beautiful color, excellent quality, and it’s very true to the picture. The countdown to autumn begins.”

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Quince Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Dress, $, available at Quince

AFRM Assi Dress

The Wedding Guest Dress

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 59 reviews on Revolve.com

Open back, waist cutouts, and a satin finish are the fixings for a seriously fashion-forward fall dress. Even so, this is one style that you can feel confident in as you step outside of your sartorial comfort zone and into any chic setting.

“This dress is everything,” a reviewer oozes. “The top has clasps so you can adjust it to be less revealing. The material is so soft and stretchy and comfortable. Bought this to wear to weddings and I can’t wait!”

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AFRM Assi Dress, $, available at Revolve

H&M Collared Sweatshirt Dress

The Keeping-It-Casual Choice

The Hype: 4.3 out of 5 stars; 220 reviews on HM.com

Think your favorite cozy sweatshirt…but make it a dress. This H&M style is made from a soft cotton-blend fabric and features polished embellishments like a high collar and cuffed sleeves so even if you feel like you’re in loungewear, you won’t look like you are.

“It’s perfect over leggings on a chilly day,” writes a reviewer. “The soft fabric feels like you’re wearing a cloud.”

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H&M Collared Sweatshirt Dress, $, available at H&M

Jenni Kayne Everyday Kate Sweater Dress

The Luxurious Maxi

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 35 reviews on JenniKayne.com

Despite its name, this Jenni Kayne number is not your average sweater dress. Its ankle-skimming silhouette makes for a warm and luxurious staple item that you’ll never want to change out of.

“This dress is everything,” raves a reviewer. “I expected soft and comfortable — and it is that — but I did not expect that I would feel like Amal Clooney or Angelina Jolie, awakening in an exotic locale, wrapping up in this cloud and drifting out onto the balcony to assess my surroundings. Could a dress make a person feel slightly famous? Yup. I love it.”

Now that’s a next-level dress that you definitely want in your fall lineup.

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Jenni Kayne Everyday Kate Sweater Dress, $, available at Jenni Kayne

UO River Smocked Mini Dress

The All-Occasions Option

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 66 reviews on UrbanOutfitters.com

This textured, square-neck mini dress may incorporate all of the buzziest dress trends at once (smocked bodice, tiered silhouette, puff sleeves), but when combined, you end up with a surprisingly versatile style.

“WORTH IT. I bought this just to get options for special occasions dresses and it turns out to be one of my all-time favorite dress,” exclaims a reviewer. “It’s so simple but beautiful!”

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UO River Smocked Long Sleeve Mini Dress, $, available at Urban Outfiiters

Max Studio Print Tiered Maxi Dress

The Compliment Magnet

The Hype: 3.9 out of 5 stars; 270 reviews on NordstromRack.com

Almost at the 4-star mark, this tiered frock deserves your full attention. According to a number of reviewers (mind you, there are over 200), this dress is exactly what you need if you want to turn heads this autumn. One happy shopper even attests to it being prettier than its photo.

“The dress is prettier in person,” writes a reviewer. “It’s a great all seasons piece, I plan on wearing it with boots and a sweater now and sandals later on.”

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Max Studio Elbow Length Sleeve Print Tiered Maxi Dress, $, available at Nordstrom Rack

Norma Kamali Long Sleeve Crew Dress To Knee

The LBD

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 20 reviews on Zappos.com

Because you simply can’t go wrong with a little black dress — or anything Norma Kamali — reviewers agree that this knee-length crew dress is a pretty solid pick for fall.

“This dress is a perfect LBD! The typical Norma Kamali slinky fabric is slightly heavy, but it is still quite breathable in warmer weather,” describes a reviewer. “It travels well too. Take it out of your suitcase, shake it, hang it up, and any wrinkles will fall right out. It’s great with everything from a cardigan and flats or denim jacket and wedges by day to stiletto sandals and a statement necklace for a night out!”

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Norma Kamali Long Sleeve Crew Dress To Knee, $, available at Zappos

Gentle Herd Mesh Overlay Maxi Dress

The Mesh Dress

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 135 reviews on GentleHerd.com

Crafted from the dreamiest of materials, this sleek dress hits the style trifecta: soft, sophisticated, seasonless.

“It fits like a glove,” shares a reviewer. “The color is beautiful and the fabric is so soft, stretchy and durable, I was comfortable in it all night and received lots of compliments.”

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Gentle Herd Mesh Overlay Maxi Dress, $, available at Gentle Herd

Eloquii Elements Striped Cardigan Sweater Dress

The Dress For The Cardigan Obsessed

If you still can’t get enough of the cardigan trend for cooler temperatures (thank you, Harry Styles), this wear-it-both-ways sweater dress is for you.

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 20 reviews on Walmart.com

What They’re Saying: “Heavy weight with a great deal of stretch. You can probably go down a size due to the thickness of the yarn and the amount of stretch. It’s so plush and thick you won’t need a coat. It fits great, order your size if you want a true fit which hugs your curves loosely, go down a size or two if you want it shorter and snug..”— Chelon P., Eloquii reviewer

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Eloquii Novelty Stretch Cardigan Sweater Dress, $, available at Eloquii

BB Dakota Knit The Scene Dress

The Sweater Dress

Nothing says fall like a classic long-sleeve sweater dress and this cozy, ribbed style has left many a Nordstrom shopper pleased with their pick.

The Hype: 4.4 out of 5 stars; 27 reviews on Nordstrom.com

What They’re Saying: “Amazing fall dress. This is my new favorite fall article of clothing. I would buy it in every color if they weren’t sold out.” — Ocnordstomlover, Nordstrom reviewer

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BB Dakota Knit The Scene Long Sleeve Sweater Dress, $, available at Nordstrom

A New Day Ribbed Knit Sweater Dress

The Under-$30 Option

You can’t go wrong with a classic midi knit dress for fall and this under $30 option comes in four colors and features a versatile rib texture.

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 49 reviews on Target.com

What They’re Saying: “I love how comfy this is! I just wear it with short boots and it looks so nice! I like that it’s a mix between loose and form-fitting. It gives a nice shape if you size down but it’s not uncomfortably tight.” – mheet, Target reviewer

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A New Day Ribbed Knit Sweater Dress, $, available at Target

Pact Classic Cable Knit Sweater Dress

The No Brainer

Get into the fall swing this season in this super-wearable cable knit dress that’s made from 100% organic cotton.

The Hype: 4.5 out of 5 stars; 128 reviews on Wearpact.com

What They’re Saying: “This dress is more than expected. Heavy enough to be substantial, light enough to be comfortable and flattering – and all with organic cotton? COME ON! It’s perfect. I will wear it every week this winter.” — O.F., Pact reviewer

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PACT Classic Cable Knit Sweater Dress, $, available at PACT

Toad&Co. Rosalinda Dress

The Buy-It-In-Every-Color Dress

This stretchy v-neck dress is as flattering as it is comfortable, which is why it comes as no surprise that shoppers have scooped it up in multiple colors (it’s available in nine different prints).

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 162 reviews on toadandco.com

What They’re Saying: “For me, the Rosalinda Dress is perfection. I love it so much, I own several, in different prints. Beautiful, flattering, comfortable, excellent quality, travels and washes well. I love the simplicity of just putting on this dress and going out into the world feeling and looking great.”— Ann L., Toad&Co. reviewer

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Toad&Co Rosalinda Dress, $, available at Toad&Co

Anthropologie Space-Dyed Knit Midi Dress

The Knit Pick

Why settle for just one color when you could have them all? Slip into this space-dyed knit dress for an effortlessly stylish, technicolor fall.

The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 12 reviews on Anthropologie.com

What They’re Saying: “LOVE. This dress is gorgeous on! Super flattering.Highly recommend!” — Anonymous, Anthropologie reviewer

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Anthropologie Space-Dyed Knit Midi Dress, $, available at Anthropologie

Universal Standard Foundation Turtleneck Dress

The Fitted Pick

This sleek turtleneck dress is made from a fine-ribbed, super-smooth fabric that looks fabulous on its own or layered with another piece. And considering Universal Standard is the champion of size inclusivity, it’s a flattering fall style almost anyone can rock.

The Hype: 4.8 out of 5 stars; 24 reviews on Universalstandard.com

What They’re Saying: “Soft and fitted, this dress hugged me without strangling my body… Versatile, soft, not too warm…it’s perfect for wearing in San Francisco, my hometown!” — Lorraine C., Universal Standard reviewer

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Universal Standard Foundation Long Sleeve Turtleneck Dress, $, available at Universal Standard

Everlane The Tiered Mockneck Dress

The Transitional Trend Piece

Tiered dresses have been all the rage throughout the warmer months of this year, and Everlane’s latest take features the necessary prints and fabric to transition the style into the fall. As one reviewer put it, the dress works best when paired with a fall-friendly pair of mules or loafers.

The Hype: 4.6 out of 5 stars; 19 reviews on Everlane.com

What They’re Saying: “Myyyy Ohhhh Myyyy: This dress is absolutely flattering. I knew I had to have it once I tried it on in-store and another customer saw it on me and shouted ‘WOOOOW that looks beautiful on you.’ It’s super comfy and stylish. I actually had to size down since it runs larger. I plan to wear it this fall with my 1 of my Tory Burch flats. I cannot wait. This dress is a must-have yall.”— Tujuana Monae, Everlane reviewer

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Everlane The Tiered Mockneck Dress, $, available at Everlane

Nine West Flounce Sweatshirt Dress

The Under-$50 Option

If you want to upgrade your fall attire without causing strain on your wallet, consider this affordable pick from Kohl’s — a modern take on the good ol’ fashioned sweater dress.

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 4 reviews on Kohls.com

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Nine West Flounce Sweatshirt Dress, $, available at Kohl’s

Madewell Lucie Elbow-Sleeve Smocked Midi Dress

The Cottagecore Choice

All those English countryside ensembles that resulted from the nap dress phenomenon aren’t going anywhere… at least not any time soon. If you’re late to the trend, consider scooping up Madewell’s best-selling iteration in a fall-friendly gingham print.

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 21 reviews on Madewell.com

What They’re Saying: “This dress is perfect! I hoped to purchase the blue daisy print but it was backordered until November and I’m happy it is because this print is perfect for Fall. Drapes perfectly, material is amazing, super-flattering style. Love love love it!”— Heathl, Madewell reviewer

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Madewell Lucie Elbow-Sleeve Smocked Midi Dress in Gingham, $, available at Madewell

lululemon All Yours Tank Dress

The Back-To-Work Look

This breathable midi dress is made to move when you move — whenever, wherever — making it a popular pick for getting back out into the world after life on lockdown.

The Hype: 4.2 out of 5 stars; 81 reviews on lululemon.com

What They’re Saying: “This dress is great for work and casual wear. The cut is flattering and the fabric is a little thicker. I think the dress will be great with a shirt or cardigan for fall..” — MichelleInMadison, lululemon reviewer

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Lululemon All Yours Tank Maxi Dress, $, available at Lululemon

Topshop Floral Tie Front Mini Dress

The Major Mini

Topshop may officially have a new cyber home on asos.com, but its fashion offerings this season are trendy as ever. This long sleeve mini dress, for example, has sweet tie details and the jewel tone hue is very fun for fall.

The Hype: 5 out of 5 stars; 7 reviews on asos.com

What They’re Saying: “LOOKS REALLY EXPENSIVE! So happy with this! It looks like leather! So many compliments!!” — Anonymous, asos reviewer

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Topshop Textured Floral Tie Front Mini Dress, $, available at ASOS

JTangoParadiseShop Button Front Mixed Media Dress

The Season-less Style

Take your shirt dress game to new heights (and lengths) with this extra-long, high-quality style on Etsy featuring a contrast of solid navy and blue and white striped fabrics and — you guess it — pockets. Wear it over tights and under a chunky knit for the fall and then drop those layers like it’s hot when spring rolls around.

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 117 reviews on Etsy.com

What They’re Saying: “This is the perfect dress, for summer or otherwise – a long-sleeved long dress is just what I have been looking for and I couldn’t be more pleased! Fantastic quality and wrapped with such care and precision. My order even came with little extra goodies and a coupon! I am thrilled and can’t wait to buy from this lovely shop again!”— Hope, Etsy reviewer

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JTangoParadiseShop Button Front Mixed Media Dress, $, available at Etsy

JTangoParadiseShop Button Front Mixed Media Dress

The Season-less Style

Take your shirt dress game to new heights (and lengths) with this extra-long, high-quality style on Etsy featuring a contrast of solid navy and blue and white striped fabrics and — you guess it — pockets. Wear it over tights and under a chunky knit for the fall and then drop those layers like it’s hot when spring rolls around.

The Hype: 4.7 out of 5 stars; 93 reviews on Etsy.com

What They’re Saying: “This is the perfect dress, for summer or otherwise – a long-sleeved long dress is just what I have been looking for and I couldn’t be more pleased! Fantastic quality and wrapped with such care and precision. My order even came with little extra goodies and a coupon! I am thrilled and can’t wait to buy from this lovely shop again!”— Hope, Etsy reviewer

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JTangoParadiseShop Button Front Mixed Media Dress, $, available at Etsy

AFRM Shailene Midi Dress

The Comfortably Out-Of-Your-Comfort-Zone Style

Leopard print, sheer mesh fabric, and cheeky thumbholes are the fixings for a seriously fashion-forward fall dress. Even so, this is one style that you can feel confident in as you step outside of your sartorial comfort zone.

The Hype: 4 out of 5 stars; 17 reviews on Revolve.com

What They’re Saying: “This is the BEST . I wasn’t sure at all at first because I thought the material would be too fine and it looked a bit tricky to put on with the straps and armholes, I got it wrong a couple of times! Once I’d got it properly on however I fell in love. This dress is incredible – hugs every curve without being too tight or showy. Can’t wait to style it with oxfords or heels/boots and a leather jacket for Fall evenings out. For sizing, I’m 5’11 and 185 lbs and DD’s and I went with the medium based on reviews and it fits great, I think the large would have been too big! A great buy, especially for the price!” — Anonymous, Revolve reviewer

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AFRM Shailene Midi Dress, $, available at Revolve

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