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From rib knit textures to maxi lengths, these fall dresses will become instant wardrobe staples

These eye-catching pieces are perfect for your fashion transition to cooler weather.
Split image of two women wearing fall dresses
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While it's definitely sad to say goodbye to summer beach days, there's nothing like fall foliage and chic autumn fashion. Even if you love spending time in the sun, it's hard not to get excited about Halloween costumes and incorporating all of your fall outfits back into your wardrobe!

Before you get ahead of yourself and unpack all of those heavy wool fall sweaters, you'll need a few great summer-to-fall transition pieces to upgrade your look. And this season, it's all about dresses.

To help you shop some of the best strappy slips, flattering midis and more on the market, we rounded up some great options you're bound to love.

Women's fall dresses to shop

Target Women’s Sleeveless Rib Knit Dress

Available in three colors, transition from fall to summer by pairing this sleeveless option with a chunky cardigan, denim jacket or a turtleneck underneath. Wear sneakers or a block heel to take a casual or cute approach to it.

H&M Sweatshirt Dress

Leave your office cardigan draped on your chair when wearing this sweater dress from H&M. In two neutral colors of light beige and dark brown, choose the color that suits you — and your style — best.

Old Navy Puff Sleeve Embroidered Swing Dress

This dress has earned reviewers many compliments, particularly on the color, fit and overall look of the dress. Add this fall staple to your closet to wear to the office, holiday celebrations or out to dinner with friends. Match with clog heels to complete this trending look.

H&M Tie-Belt Balloon-Sleeved Dress

Take a muted approach to florals this fall with this balloon-sleeved dress from H&M. “It has all fall colors,” one reviewer said, another adding that it is “so cute and flattering.”

Lulu’s Burgundy Satin Wrap Dress

Available in five perfect-for-fall colors from burgundy to dark green, this dress has “great material” and is “very well made,” according to reviewers. Pair with an ankle bootie or cowboy boots for a super trending fall style.

Everlane Smocked Linen Dress

Wear a turtleneck underneath this smocked dress for those crisp fall days, or toss a jean jacket over top. Available in a berry or tawny brown color, dress up or down with a Chelsea boot or your favorite sneaker.

Torrid Mini Challis Tiered Dress

No need to pack an office cardigan or toss a jean jacket over this fall dress from Torrid. With lacy long sleeves, this option is a perfect pick for fall, especially in the "Madder Brown" color it comes in. Reviewed as "so cute for fall transitions," this dress will be your new fall go-to.

Gap Smocked Midi Dress

In a “saddle brown” color, you can’t go wrong with this puff-sleeve midi dress. Lightweight and breathable, this dress is perfect for those days when it’s not-too-hot nor not-too-cold.

Zesica Bohemian Floral-Printed Wrap Maxi Dress

We totally love this bohemian Amazon maxi dress for those who live in the warmer parts of the country. This red pattern would look super chic with sandals or booties.

R. Vivimos Cotton Tie-Waist Sweater Dress

This chic tie-waist sweater dress from Amazon has 8,800+ verified five-star ratings. It combines comfort and style for a look that's perfect for everyday wear. Throw on a pair of sneakers or low-heeled booties and you're set!

Loft Chambray Flounce Shirtdress

Pair with ankle or knee-high boots, as this denim dress can take you from the office to dinner with friends. “I got tons of compliments,” said one reviewer. Another added that it “fits beautifully and looks great.”

Unbranded Long-Sleeve Pocket T-Shirt Dress

This dress has over 8,500 verified five-star ratings on Amazon, with many people saying how much they love this piece as a fall staple in their closet. It's available in this festive floral pattern and 30 other designs.

Lapel V-Neck Button Shirt Dress

This breezy and budget-friendly maxi dress is as easy as they come. Wrap up your look with a belt and matching boots and prepare to take on the day, whether that means brunch or the farmers market — the possibilities are endless.

Mitilly Women's V-Neck Ruffle Swing Dress

Spruce up your return-to-office wardrobe and consider trying this trendy swing dress. This burnt orange shade would look great on any skin tone, but it's also available in other versatile colors and patterns like plaid and checkered.

Belongsci Bell Sleeve Shift Dress

This bell-sleeve shift design is the little black dress every woman should have in her closet. With over 22,000 five-star ratings, reviewers agree that this bestselling dress is "flattering and well-made."

Umgee Boho Bliss Dress

For those looking for a fun, frilly and bohemian style this fall, consider this mini dress from Umgee. It comes in 10 different colors and features flowing mid-length sleeves.

Grecerelle Short Sleeve Slit Maxi Dress

For a simple but sleek option, you won't regret this short-sleeve maxi dress. The matching belt cinches in the waist, and the tasteful slit can help elongate your legs.

Fancyinn Shift Dress With Pockets

This shift dress is a great piece to throw on if you want to look put-together but don't have the time or effort to find an over-the-top outfit.

Romwe A-Line Corduroy Overall Dress

Corduroy will never go out of style! This cute overall dress from Romwe comes in 15 different colors, including this fall-friendly burgundy shade.