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    48 Dresses That'll Make You Want To Burn All Your Pants In A Ceremonial Bonfire

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    1. A showstopping mesh dress you can use as a base for basically any special event's ensemble, like falling asleep on the couch with Halloween chocolate all over your face after watching Hocus Pocus for the gazillionth time., Amazon

    Promising review: "I bought this for my birthday party this month (July). The dress came on time, fit me perfectly in every area and the material was fantastic for the price. I found no downsides to this dress other than the mesh is hotter than it looks. Having been born in the summer I’m used to it but it’s definitely toasty! I thought it was a beautiful addition to my closet. Dark but not tacky is my fashion goal LOL. I found it to be a bit itchy, but I have the most sensitive skin of all time. Overall I’d buy this dress again, I loved it and so did everyone else!" —Kelly

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 2/4-14/16 and 10 styles/colors).

    2. A work of art (more or less) that'll have people thinking you paid a devastatingly high price for it.,

    Promising review: "BUY THIS DRESS!!!!!! You guys it’s SO PERFECT. I’m a size 6/8 and I got a 6. It fits perfect. It's a little tight on the chest, but I’m a DD, and it still fits. The dress is quality and literally the cutest dress I’ve ever bought. I'm ordering every color!!!!!!" —Elizabeth Novak

    Get it from Amazon for $36.98+ (available in 42 styles and sizes 2–14).

    3. A fleece sweatshirt dress to let you get away with wearing a sweatshirt without pants (THE DREAM!).


    FYI, this is available through Prime Wardrobe so you can try on options if you have the service.

    Promising review: "I know this dress looks like a shapeless shift on the model. You may choose to wear it like that if that is your style. I'm way too top heavy to pull of that look. I absolutely need a defined waist. The dress itself is as soft as a baby's blanket. There are white specks running through the fabric. There's a wide band at the hem and wrist. I think this dress is ultra versatile if you get creative with the styling. I like it so much that I also have the short-sleeved version. I highly recommend it!" —Antoinette

    Get it from Amazon for $27.58+ (available in 10 colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    4. An embellished-sleeve dress to let some skin peek through without giving up those precious warming sleeves.,

    Promising review: "Love this dress! I have a bigger chest, and I was so worried about this dress fitting! I was pleasantly surprised that the material had some stretch to it, and it fit beautifully!! I love the details as well! I used the tie as a belt to make the dress a little shorter and give myself a waist!" —Kelly Fox

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in five colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    5. A lightweight tunic that'll easily go with whatever pair of leggings are clean atm. (It's truly a struggle.)

    model wearing a tunic with buttons on the sides with tights and knee high boots

    Promising review: "Great quality and overall look! It's super comfortable-yet cute! Love the color and how thick the material is. Also, super impressed by how affordable this is! Very pleased with my purchase!" —Angel

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in 26 colors and sizes S–2XL).

    6. A cozy turtleneck dress you can throw on with your over-the-knee boots. You don't have to wear a print or bright color to look totally ~stunning~ this season. (Though this does have a few patterns....),

    Promising review: "I LOVE THIS SWEATER DRESS! I read the reviews, and they said if you want the oversize look to go up a size. I am 5’4", 145 pounds, and normally wear a medium, but I went up to a large for the oversize look. I normally roll up the sleeve once for a cute cuffed look. DEFINITELY RECOMMEND." —Jodi Hochstetler

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in 13 styles and sizes S–XL).

    7. A Ganni number for eliciting some well-deserved OOOHs and AHHHs.

    model wearing a yellow and black sheer shirt with puffy sleeves

    Get it from Mytheresa for $375 (available in sizes 2–12).

    8. An eyelet-flecked piece you'll find yourself wearing weekly. At *least* weekly, that is.,

    Promising review: "Everything about this dress is AMAZING! I get compliments all day about the fit and design of this dress. It's also a great deal and is now my favorite dress!" —margar

    Get it from Amazon for $19.19+ (available in four colors and sizes S–XL).

    9. A tie-dye tee dress to help you rep the best city in the world. (No, don't even try to fight me on this.)

    plus size model wearing purple tie-dye t shirt dress with "New York City" logo on it

    Get it from Boohoo for $19.60 (available in sizes 12–24).

    10. An animal print number with bell sleeves that you can also snag in Buffalo plaid and pair with leggings and boots all winter long.


    Promising review: "The material is lovely and the zipper in the back brings the quality of this dress right up. I chose the leopard and I’m so glad I did — it’s a classy print for me. Today I wore jewel green medium heeled slides and matching fringe green earrings!" —Cindy

    Get it from Amazon for $18.89+ (available in 41 styles and sizes XS–XL).

    11. And a swing dress to help you walk on the wild side in an easy-to-wear silhouette.

    model wearing leopard print  swing dress

    Promising review: "This is one of the best top-dresses I had, cause it is ELASTIC. I am a bit 'round' so this top fits perfectly, I wear it with leggings and it is super comfortable. I love the animal print and how feminine made me look, I got lots of compliments on it! I would recommend this to all my friends and I am getting one for my mom!" —helping YOU decide!

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three patterns and sizes S–2XL).

    12. A Wednesday Addams classic that, TBH, you're going to wear over and over again during normal life, too. Feel free to sport that sulk-y Wednesday expression year-round.,

    Promising review: "Bought this dress for my Wednesday costume. Very skeptical but I loved it! I'm 5'6" and 150 lbs. and 34C bra size. I got a medium and it fits perfectly I could have bought the small because it was just a bit loose on the waist but at the end it still looked amazing! Oh and the material of the dress is stretchy and very nice, not cheap at all! Definitely a dress a can wear to the office so I'll be using again." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in eight colors, sizes XS–2XL).

    13. A cowl-neck tunic dress *so* incredibly chic and low-key that people may assume you're a heroine of a Nancy Meyers movie. Spoiler: You ARE. Now show me that sprawling kitchen!

    model wearing cowl neck sweater dress

    Promising review: "Bought this same thing in a shirt and am obsessed with it so i tried to find it in a dress and did. equally as in love with this dress as i am the shirt. might have to buy two of the same color so I don't wear them out too quickly. I can tell this is going to be a favorite in my fall/winter wardrobe. Bought a size S. i'm 5'6' and 140 lbs." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $26.70+ (also available in gray and sizes XS–2XL).

    14. An angelic option sure to set your heart aflutter. I own this and it's the *best* compliment bait., Amazon

    I own this dress in black (read my full review of Choies Angel Wings Skater Dress at #1) and it looks just as cool IRL.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99 (available in three colors, sizes S–XL).

    15. A subtle snakeprint in a shape that'll be so comfortable, you'll have to start planning which days are you *aren't* wearing it.

    model wearing sleeveless button up shirt dress in dark green snakeprint

    Get it from AllSaints for $156 (available in sizes 00–10).

    16. A flowing shirt dress perf for fall activities like apple picking or sipping a hot toddy fireside... perhaps even on the same day!!! What a day that would be.


    Promising review: "This dress fits every occasion! I love the fact you can either dress it up with a fashion belt or dress it down and let it hang loosely. The fabric is also very thick and durable so it's definitely not cheaply made so it's worth the price you're paying! I highly recommend NOT buying a size up because it's true to size. I'm a size large. Nor does it shrink when washing it. Overall very satisfied with my purchase <3" —Hilary Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99+ (available in 11 colors and sizes S–2XL).

    17. A glitzy brocade print to help you channel some vintage flair.

    model wearing A-line vintage metallic sleeveless dress

    Get it from ModCloth for $89 (available in sizes 0–16, 16W–24W).

    18. A solid dress with pockets for so much wardrobe versatility, you'll wonder why you didn't buy it in every color (there are 19, BTW!) from the start.


    Promising review: "This dress is beautiful. It is generous in size. I should have gotten a 2X instead of a 3X. Color is beautiful, the material lays well, the craftsmanship is great. Well worth the purchase." —Oneladya

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and 21 colors).

    19. Bib overalls so you can get more wear out of your fave tops without worrying about pulling on leg prisons.

    model wearing bib overall dress

    FYI, reviewers suggest sizing up one size so the buttons don't pucker when you sit.

    Promising review: "I ordered this is in light denim Large, labeled size 14. I love the pockets and the adjustable straps (buttons on the back). I am going to re-order in a larger size as the buttons strained a bit when I sat down. I have been wearing size 12 elsewhere so I suggest to size up when you order." —Susie Q

    Get them from Amazon for $35.99 (available in four colors and sizes S–XL).

    20. A faux-leather dress in a gorgeous silhouette your nosy aunt may assume you spent your rent money on instead of picking up at Tar-jay.

    model wearing camel color faux leather shift dress with slightly puffy sleeves

    Get it from Target for $27.99 (available also in black and sizes XS–XXL, 1X–4X).

    21. A pretty babydoll you can rock tightless while it's still a bit warm or with tights and combat boots to fight seasonal chills.,

    Promising review: "This dress is adorable!! I am 5’6” 116lbs, 34B chest, generally a size small in dresses. I originally ordered the white/black polka dots in a Small and it was way too big so I exchanged for an XS in black/white polka dots. Both colors were so cute!! Material has stretch to it and fits very babydoll like. I’ve ordered dresses from Romwe before and they never disappoint! Definitely recommend!!" —Lindsay

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 11 colors combos).

    22. A suuuuper soft sweater dress for those days you wanna feel extra cozy. So, every single day?

    model wearing camel color long sleeve sweater dresss
    J Crew Factory

    Get it from J.Crew Factory for $44.50 (also available in black and sizes XXS–3X).

    23. A snake-print midi sure to slither its way into your regular outfit rotation.


    I have this dress in the green and it looks SO good IRL!

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99 (available in three patterns and sizes S–XL).

    24. A slinky slip dress that'll look sooooo hot but is prime for layering with all your fall faves. I own this dress and it's a total stunner!

    model wearing black slip dress with plaid blazer and white boots

    Get it from Aritzia for $118 (available in 13 colors and sizes 2XS–1X).

    25. A loose sparkly party dress so you can have plenty of room to shimmy around, as you're wont to do.,

    Promising review: "I absolutely love this dress! I hosted my NYE party at my home and it was excellent for the occasion! It arrived on time. The sequins stayed in place, none dropped off. I was worried that it may be too short and fit like a huge T-shirt, but it didn't. The bust area is a tighter fit than the bottom portion of the dress. So if you are extremely big-busted, my advice would be to go a size up. I am normally a medium and stuck with that size. I'm a size 34DD bust and it was a bit too tight but manageable, (wore it with no bra), if I had gone up a size the bottom part would have been way too big and require alterations. I'm overall very pleased! I received a lot of compliments that night!" —HeyNiks (YouTube)

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in eight colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    26. A button-down – it allows for even more wear by layering it over jeans and a T-shirt for the perfect fall outfit.

    model wearing a plaid shirt dress

    Get it from Maurices for $39.90 (available in sizes XS–XXL).

    27. A colorful wrap dress — in straight and plus sizes — for something that's office dress code–approps (or perf for that virtual interview) without being a total snore., Amazon

    Promising review: "So very flattering! I love this dress and will order it in another color/print. Very versatile. Add a blazer for a pro office look. The fabric makes it perfect for travel without the fuss of ironing. It also will not fade. So many benefits." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.17+ (sizes XS–XL and 23 styles) or $20.27+ (sizes 1X–5X and six styles).

    28. A gorgeous velvet dress – it'll feel so nice next time you hug yourself shivering in your still-somehow-frigid office.

    model wearing shorter burgundy quarter sleeve swing dress

    Promising review: "What a deal. This dress is loose fitting which I wanted. I am 5 feet tall and weigh 125. The medium came to my knees so not too short. I have had dozens of compliments on this dress. Very festive, soft, and flowing. Awesome price. I love the dress." —Debra C.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.86+ (available in six colors and sizes S–XL).

    29. And a velvet cocktail dress that'll make you feel like you're on the red carpet because it's that dang good.

    plus size reviewer wearing slinky velvet dress

    Promising review: "There are few words to describe this dress. It is absolutely gorgeous! Fit as expected and looks as pictured. The inside is silk, so it is super comfortable. It comes to a good length, I'm 5'7". It is stretchy so you could probably size down if you like a real fitted look, or size up to keep it loose, but I'd go with your true sizing. I would recommend this dress and many other Esprlia dresses to everyone. They really make some amazing dresses. Thank you! 😊" —Amanda Barnes

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99 (available in sizes 14W-22W and in 8 styles).

    30. A jersey midi dress in a fall-friendly floral you can easily lounge around the couch in or pose for pics in at the apple orchard. Your ankle boots are calling!

    model wearing burgundy midi dress with white floral pattern
    Old Navy

    Get it from Old Navy for $39.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL and also in neutral stripes).

    31. A flowy boho style you'll get a ton of use out of in other seasons. Reviewers have paired it with cowboy boots and tights for a fall-friendly look that'll make you fend off the compliments., Amazon

    FYI, reviewers say it runs a tad big because that's the style.

    Promising review: "Bought this to wear to a concert and it was perfect! It does run a little big but not so big that you need to exchange. Super comfortable! Love it!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $23.05+ (available in sizes S–2X and seven colors).

    32. A striped beaut in case you like to keep things as comfy as possible. Turns out, we're kindred spirits!

    model wearing short sleeve black and white stripe dress with midi length

    Promising review: "I am 5'7" and 160 lbs. and the medium fit perfectly. The dress is the perfect length for work and isn't see through at all. I love black and white stripes and this dress, also, pockets!" —Brinna Kerrick

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 17 colors/prints sizes and S–XL).

    33. A tie-dye maxi that'll turn out to be one of the most versatile things in your closet.

    plus size reviewer wearing the black V-neck maxi dress with side slits and knotted in the front so you can see some more leg

    Promising review: "This is the easy breezy simple dress I’ve been looking for! It’s super soft with some stretch, has pockets!!! And with the print of some tie-dye accent gives it some pizazz so it’s not so plain. You can throw this on for anything. Dress it up with some boots or heels, keep it casual with flip flops or slides. Accessorize with a jean jacket, jewelry or hats. Want more colors! I normally wear Large’s in most of my clothes and got the same here, fits loose and flowy as expected." —Anne D.

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in 25 colors and sizes XS–XL).

    34. A flashy Rotate mini to help you channel all the disco glam, even when you're munching on a frozen pizza.

    model wearing V-neck metallic mini dress
    Moda Operandi

    Get it from Moda Operandi for $260 (available in EU sizes 34–42).

    35. A ruffled masterpiece passersby will think you spent $$$ on but I can keep a secret.


    Promising review: "Love this dress, modest enough to wear for work but cute enough to wear every day! I'm petite so I would say it runs a bit bigger than I'd prefer but it is still super cute! Also, this exact dress is being sold at other boutiques for three times the price!" —Emily Seils

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in three colors and sizes S–XL).

    36. An extremely pretty dress with just enough twirling potential that, like, if you wear it to work it'll still be entirely office appropriate without ruffling too many feathers. Even walking into a meeting is a great op for making an entrance, eh?!

    model wearing light brown floral print dress

    Promising review: "I wear size 10 (or large) depending on manufacturers. Originally I ordered the XL in the black dress — based on my experiences. But it was like a blanket when put it on (huge and boxy). I loved the style and fabric. So, despite me being lazy, I returned the XL and reordered a medium. Now it is just right (roomy and a loose fit like the model in the photos). Very cute yet comfortable and breezy. I love love love the style. It will be nice just as it is in summer, great with a cardigan in the spring and fall." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.88+ (available in 17 styles and sizes S–XL).

    37. A high-neck dress you simply must post on your Insta. Sorry, this is not up for debate., Amazon

    Promising review: "YES!!! SO MANY TIMES YES!! Loved it. This dress was beyond — the color was amazing; the amount of heads I turned in the office was wow, and the compliments just kept on coming. I absolutely love this dress, and I didn't want to take it off at the end of the day. Comfortable, lightweight, easy, absolutely beautiful, and true to size." —Mushka

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99 (available in five prints and sizes XS–XL).

    38. A shift dress with a darling bow that I'm sure Blair Waldorf is wearing somewhere right this minute.

    model wearing red shift dress with bow at the neck
    J Crew

    Get it from J.Crew for $68.99 (available also in navy and sizes 000–16).

    39. A fringed dress that'll look amazing while you're standing still but phenomenal while you shimmy on TikTok.,

    Promising review: "The dress is beautiful. It fits me perfectly, but beware, I ordered it in size XL (I have big boobs and my waist isn't that tiny), my usual dress size is M, so I'd say this dress is small (I checked the size chart before ordering it, and that's why I knew I had to order the size XL instead of my usual M). This size was perfect for my waist (it wasn't tight at all) and for everything else, and I wanted to share my photo so you could see :). The only problem was in the chest area, it kept opening and I had to check it every now and then to close it." —Clau R.

    Get it from Amazon for $64 (available in sizes S–XL).

    40. A chic gloomy frock for anyone who wears mostly black but can be convinced to invest in a floral every once in a while.

    model wearing long sleeve mini dress with high neck, sheer sleeves, two tiers on skirt in black floral print

    Get it from AllSaints for $152 (available in sizes 0–10).

    41. A dramatic velvet beaut because if you're not dressing like a centuries-old vampire from an Ann Rice novel who's living it up in current times then what are you even doing with your life?


    Promising review: "I love everything about this dress. I purchased it for NYE and it fit perfectly. I'm 5'5", bigger-busted, normally wear a 12/large, and it was so flattering and forgiving! Not too form-fitting and hugged in all the right places. Definitely had cleavage but okay for a special night out! I would buy again. A girl in the bathroom said I had all the Stevie Nicks vibes." —Dana D Troglen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98+ (available in four colors and sizes S–XL).

    42. A sequined beaut with sleeves because it's long sleeve weather but you can still look like a party. I think I just found your look for your holiday card this year.,

    Promising review: "Absolutely loved the shimmer in this dress and how it looked different colors in different light. I wore it to my husband’s company Christmas party and got tons of compliments. It is also lined so I didn’t find the sequins overly itchy. If you’re in between sizes, I’d definitely size up." —Brett Reulet

    Get it from Amazon for $47.99 (available in four colors and sizes 16W–24W).

    43. Or a mini dress with blouson sleeves anyone who wildly gesticulates when they talk (ME) will adore.

    plus size model with red sequins, elastic waist, and large sleeves

    Get it from Boohoo for $42 (available also in black and sizes 12–24).

    44. A wrap sweater dress with bat wings that'll look so glam it should be illegal. But they'll also trap in some of that body heat bc you want other ppl to shake in your wake bc of your look. But no shivering for you.,

    Promising review: "I am 5’7", muscular 168 lbs, I got a medium and it fit perfectly. Nice thick material. Didn’t cut the middle piece off the back and could still wear it off the shoulder. Great dress for the price!" —ashley

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 12 colors and sizes S–XL).

    45. A ladylike polka-dot number that tbh I wouldn't be shocked if Kate Middleton wore. But it also has accommodating stretch, barely wrinkles, and will look so nice in any photos where you wanna look fab but don't wanna upstage your surroundings.,

    Promising review: "This is the cutest dress ever and fits so well. I'm an hourglass shape and as a result, sometimes dresses will fit fine through the waist and the hips and then be too small in the bust, or else fit the bust but be way too small in the waist and hips. However, this is PERFECT for me. I can also see it fitting gals with less up top, too — you'll just have a little extra space like the model in the photos. The buttons are functional and the quality of the dress is great. I'm thinking maybe I should buy a few more to have on hand just in case anything happens to the one I already have; that's how much I love this dress. I'm usually a size L or 12 in American clothes, but ordered an XL according to the size chart, and it worked perfectly." —Brandon

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 10 colors and sizes S–XL).

    46. A breezy shirtdress you can wear solo or layer with a turtleneck like you're a total styling pro. (Spoiler: You are.)

    model wearing knee length shirt dress with pockets

    Get it from Everlane for $98 (available in three colors and sizes 00–16).

    47. A stretchy vintage-style dress that'll make you feel 10x dressier, no matter the event. Even if it's just a coffee run! (Seriously, dress up for a coffee run if you want!)


    Promising review: "Bought the 14 based on measurements; I'm usually a medium up top and a 12 size bottom. I'm 36-31-45, 174 lbs, 36C and it was the perfect fit. Paired it with a wide belt and voila! No alterations needed, no adjustments, just perfect." —Coolchick777

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in 25 colors and sizes S–2XL).

    48. And a rockabilly style frock in a ton of patterns so you'll be fashionably covered whether you're going to a car show, Halloween party, birthday party... really wherever!,

    Promising review: "This dress rocked 'em dead! (💀pun intended). Quality material, true to size, and even left me a bit of space for undergarments like a tulle skirt and corset without being a size too big. So here are my measurements, because I know there is nothing more annoying than a review that's not useful. I'm 5'2 170 lb., 35' waist (14) and a 34G!" —Steener

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in 32 colors and sizes S–3XL).

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