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

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    1. An airy nap dress I own and plan to wear into fall with a moto jacket and ankle boots. It's super easy to adjust the puff sleeves from on- to off-the-shoulder to fit your mood.

    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    I know, I look SO elegant and not at all like I've been running on ~three hours of sleep a night for going on a week at this point of my vacation, right?! I packed it for Italy knowing that I'd be going in lots of churches and religious sites that require having your shoulders and knees covered, and I pulled it off with this by merely slipping the sleeves up higher (as seen on the right when visiting the church with The Mouth of Truth from A Roman Holiday...turns out I'm NOT a liar after all). But I owned this dress months before I touched down in Rome and have been racking up compliments from strangers on the streets of NYC thanks to this frock. ("Thanks! It's from Amazon!') It washes well, is super lightweight, and very easy to wear with a regular bra. The only thing it *doesn't* have is pockets. But I'll make an exception for this comfy beaut.

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes XS–XL and eight colors).

    2. 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 2/4–18/20 and 15 styles/colors).

    3. A gingham puff-sleeve dress you'll be sad you didn't own until after clicking *add to cart* after reading this story.

    writer wearing elbow length sleeve gingham print midi dress on a bridge in Venice Italy
    Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    'Tis true. I also brought this dress along on vacation and it even passed The Vatican dress code! I knew I had to have it after my colleague Emma Lord bought and reviewed it (#4 here). My colleague Elena Garcia also owns it in blue (#9 here). This super lightweight nap dress is unlined, but NOT see-through...even in daylight. It was so comfy for gallivanting around and long enough for me to sit on a random step on a bridge to take a rest and give my old dogs a rest. It made for a dramatic, but not TOO dramatic, look in photos I'll cherish forever. And it kept me cool in what turned out to be some hotter weather than what I anticipated. If you're looking for a way to wear something nightgown-adjacent in public but still look quite put-together, this dress is for you. 

    Get it from Amazon for $28.99 (available in sizes S–XL and eight colors).

    4. 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 sizes 1–12 and 28 styles).

    5. 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 in knee length shirt dress silhouette light brown faux leather dress

    Get it from Target for $39.99 (available in sizes XS–XXL, 1X–4X).

    6. A green maxi dress with just-dramatic-enough sleeves and a super comfy silhouette to keep you covered physically and fashionably.

    Cider, Elizabeth Lilly / BuzzFeed

    I own this dress and have received compliments on it from multiple people for each wear. Yes I dress for myself but as a shopping editor I LOVE when people compliment a piece of clothing and I can tell them where I got it! The fabric is also super soft against my skin. On the day I wore it I walked ~9 miles all over Rome (no, truly) and it miraculously didn't show any sweat stains. I kept lifting up my arms to check out my pits which I could FEEL were damp. But you'd never know from this dress! It was also modest enough to wear in some churches (that require you cover your shoulders and knees) and a visit to The Capuchin Crypt (look it up!). Oh, and the color and sleeves look great on work video calls!

    Get it from Cider for $24 (available in sizes XS–L).

    7. 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 27 colors and sizes S–2XL).

    8. 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 24 styles and sizes S–XL).

    9. 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).

    10. A show-stopping African-print dress might just spur on some glam plans so you can show it off to the world. Or at least that's what *I* think you should do.

    model in one shoulder maxi dress with volume
    Bestfit Couture / Etsy

    Bestfit Couture is a Salem, Oregon-based Etsy shop specializing in African clothing and Ankara-based designs. 

    Get it from Bestfit Couture on Etsy for $200+ (available in sizes 00–22).

    11. A printed option that'll please folks who like some fabric on their arms but won't compromise on style.

    model wears navy and maroon quarter sleeve dress

    Promising review: "I searched out this dress after researching the wardrobe of Judy Hale on the Netflix show Dead to Me. I love her modern boho style. This was worn in one of the fist episodes. After reading the other reviews about size, I ordered the XL. I am typically a US size 8 and between a M and L in most big brand sizes. The XL fit exactly how I wanted. I paired mine with a brown suede belt. The slit falls a little too high for me so I will probably sew it about 1" below the buttons. In my opinion, the buttons are a bit cheap, but not too bad. I believe this fabric to be 100% rayon challis (approx 140gm/m2). It's soft and flowy but not too sheer with this print." —bFranj

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and nine patterns).

    12. A cottagecore option that'll make you feel like you're floating through life like someone's fairy godmother.

    off the shoulder light green dress with puffy sleeves and a sheer overlay with embroidered flowers on it
    Simple Chics Boutique / Etsy

    Simple Chics Boutique is a Columbia, South Carolina-based shop featuring gorgeous clothing, accessories, and home accents.

    Get it from Simple Chics Boutique on Etsy for $39 (available in sizes S–XL and five colors).

    13. A magnificent tiered dress that'll make you look like you paid an extra digit for it. But you and I know that's not the case. We shan't tell your nemesis.

    reviewer in the maxi four-tier dress

    Promising review: "OMG! Awesome!!!!! I plan to wear it on my shoulders, and the elastic seems strong enough to hold. I bought the white, and it’s light and airy — not see-through at all. I'm so thrilled. I will buy it in black ASAP!" —LB

    Get it from Amazon for $28.03+ (available in sizes S–XL and 25 colors).

    14. A leopard slip dress with an alluring slit you'll have to hide from yourself occasionally, lest you wear it five times a week! (But there are worse things.),

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "This dress is sooooo cute! Totally wasn’t what I expected — it was so much better! It has a cute little wraparound bit and is sooo nice on. I’m going to get so much wear out of this during summer. Can be worn causally or dressed up, which I love." —Gemma Jane

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in sizes S–XXL and in 11 prints).

    15. A boho dress ready for your tasseled jacket, wide-brim hat, and cowboy boots. I can picture you apple-picking in this right now.

    reviewer wearing long-sleeve midi in a boho-style print with bag and hat

    Promising review: "Love this dress! It looks embroidered but its not. Its lightweight and so comfortable. Dressy enough for beach night life." —m.burd

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in sizes L–4XL and 20 prints).

    16. A ~dramatic~ belted gown you'll twirl in as you exit any conversation.


    FYI, the ribbon belt is removable!

    Promising review: "This dress is so incredibly gorgeous. I've been very into the high-neckline trend. I can wear it with flats or heels without worrying about it getting dirty. I love that it comes with a little matching string to tie at the waist for a more fitted look. It's so comfortable and flowy. It's exactly what I was looking for and the colors are gorgeous. :)" —Paisley

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in sizes M–XXL, S–L petite, and L–XXL tall and 28 styles).

    17. 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 $19.99+ (available in four colors and sizes S–XL).

    18. 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! The material of the dress is stretchy and very nice, not cheap at all! Definitely a dress I 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).

    19. 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).

    20. A stellar velvet frock that'll turn any day that ends in -y into a total party.

    model in skater shape star print velvet dress

    Promising review: "This is a great little black dress! I wanted something comfy that I could dress up or down, and use for Halloween ;) this hit all the marks! It's not tight which is good for me, but doesn't just hang there. Its a little stretchy so if you wanted it tighter I'd suggest getting one size smaller than usual, but I was right on the money with my size. Machine-washable is a plus, and I would recommend it." —Always220

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99 (available in sizes XS–XL aand six colors).

    21. 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 $23.69 (available in two colors, sizes S–XL).

    22. 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 $31.99+ (available in 12 colors and sizes S–2XL).

    23. A solid dress with pockets for so much wardrobe versatility, you'll wonder why you didn't buy it in every color (there are 22, BTW!) from the start.

    reviewer wearing long sleeve dress with pockets in navy

    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 $13.99+ (available in sizes XS–2XL and 22 colors).

    24. 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 nine colors and sizes S–XL).

    25. A pretty baby doll 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 $12.99+ (available in sizes XS–XL and 16 colors combos).

    26. 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 $26.99 (available in three patterns and sizes S–XL).

    27. 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 $25.99+ (available in 12 colors and sizes XS–XXL).

    28. A colorful wrap dress for something that's office dress code-approps (or perf for that virtual interview) without being a total snore.

    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 17 styles).

    29. 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 $39.86+ (available in six colors and sizes S–XL).

    30. 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 $14.75+ (available in sizes S–2X and seven colors).

    31. An apron-style dress that'll make layering (or not!) super easy. 

    person wearing loose dress with leggings and a turtleneck underneath
    D&L Awesome Living / Etsy

    D&L Awesome Living is a Vancouver, Canada-based Etsy shop with tons of cute accessories and comfy apron dresses. 

    Get it from D&L Awesome Living on Etsy for $23.13 (available in one size).

    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

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!   

    Promising review: "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 $27.99+ (available in 19 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 $20.99+ (available in 38 colors and sizes XS–XL).

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


    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    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 $28.99+ (available in seven colors and sizes S–XL).

    35. 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 $24.99+ (available in eight prints and sizes XS–XL).

    36. 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: "This is a much prettier and brighter red than the picture. Soft velvet feel and fits as pictures... VERY low cut and very short hemline. This is not for subtle affairs; but perfect if you want to draw attention. I actually sewed the neckline up about 3 inches; but that is a matter of taste." —MC

    Get it from Amazon for $38.88+ (available in four colors and sizes S–XL).

    37. 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 $52.99 (available in four colors and sizes 16W–24W).

    38. 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 $22.99+ (available in 15 colors and sizes S–XL).

    39. 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.,

    FYI, if you have Amazon Prime Wardrobe you can give this a spin before you buy it!

    Promising review: "It comes just below the knees and covers the shoulders, so this dress was perfect for my recent trip to Asia. I was able to go into all of the temples without needing an extra cover. The striking color came out beautiful in my photos also. The material doesn't really wrinkle, so it was easy to pull out of the bag and throw on. It's not tight under the underarms, which made wearing it in the 100 degree weather much more comfortable." —dctreview

    Get it from Amazon for $27.99+ (available in 15 colors and sizes S–XL).

    40. 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 $21.98+ (available in 20 colors and sizes S–2XL).

    41. 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 $27.99+ (available in 12 colors and sizes S–3XL).

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