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    37 Stunning Dresses For People Who Loathe Pants

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    1. 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 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 $34.98+ (available in 42 styles and sizes 2-14).

    2. A button-up cardi you can adjust to your body type and liking as either a dress or actual cardigan for a fit that's juuuuust right.

    Promising review: "Love this dress, it's made of nice, thick material. Really stretchy and comfortable. It runs a little big. I ordered a medium, but could have ordered a small." —candice shakes

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in seven colors, and sizes XS–L)

    3. A Wednesday Addams classic that, tbh, you're going to wear over and over again during normal life after Halloween. Just throw on a dark lip and 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).

    You may also be interested in a short-sleeve version of the dress!

    4. A sweatshirt dress WITH POCKETS that'll make people wish they'd thought of it first. Now that's truly stunning.


    Promising review: "Welcome to comfort city. If you're looking to wear what I believe clouds made into clothing would feel like, well then you have arrived. Just add some leggings, cute boots, and a jazzy scarf, and it will look like you kind of tried for the day whilst feeling like you're wearing PJs. AND IT HAS POCKETS!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in 40 colors and sizes S-XXL).

    5. A showstopping mesh dress you can use as a base for basically any special event's ensemble. Or just when you wanna jazz up your day., 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 $15.99+ (available in sizes 2/4-22/24 and 10 styles/colors).

    6. A one-shoulder wonder with a thigh-high slit will look so elegant while sitting just so, or poised in front of your expertly decorated Christmas tree. (I think we just nailed your holiday card look for 2020.),

    Promising review: "This dressed exceeded my expectations! I am so happy, and it came just in time for the Holidays. I love how high quality it is. Important to mention it is true to size which is always so important to me! Love it." —Pamela J.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 15 colors and sizes XS-XL).

    7. A gorgeous cocktail dress no one (and I mean no one) would believe you bought off Amazon and arrived in a box with cleaning supplies and toilet paper.


    Promising review: "Super cute, I absolutely LOVE the shoulders... just wish it was a little shorter... I will probably get it shortened with my seamstress. I am able to wear a normal strapless bra with this. I'm wearing this for my upcoming '21st birthday' pictures and I can't wait! Like I said, it's a little loose in the waist, so I might add a thin, black belt! Would order again!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 10 colors and styles, sizes XS–2XL).

    8. A bodycon floral that'll be the perfect complement to your fave door-knocker earrings and an Ariana-like pony.

    Pretty Little Thing

    Get it from Pretty Little Thing for $45 (available in sizes 12-22).

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


    I bought this in (a now sold-out color) after finding it for a previous story and it's so comfy IRL! Also, the pattern looks amazing in person.

    Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in two patterns and sizes S–XL).

    10. 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).

    11. A faux-leather blazer dress that errs on the NSFW but you'll find all kinds of excuses to wear while you're off the clock.


    Can speak from experience. I own this and it's NSFW but amaaaaaazing.

    Get it from Express for $84 (available in sizes 00-12).

    12. Or a SFW faux-leather stunner you should probably wear on those days when you have to have a meeting with someone whose incompetence has created some extra work for you and you wanna convey you're not to be messed with. But IDK I'm just guessing here!


    Get it from Target for $46.99 (also available in black and sizes 1X-4X).

    13. An embroidered frock that'll make you look, feel like a princess. But, like, one who's living it up and is only getting harassed by the paps for a pic in this stunning number.


    Promising review: "This dress is amazing in person! Wore it to a work holiday party and got tons of compliments. The back is see-through, so you'll definitely want some kind of adhesive bra.I was amazed that the sleeves/shoulders fit well, I generally have issues with non-stretchy sleeves. I cannot say enough good things about this dress!!" —Ariana S.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two styles and sizes XS–XXL).

    14. And a similar tunic dress with the party on the sleeves, which could be just the fix for anyone who's *sheerly* into fancy looks without dealing with a weird bra situation.,

    Promising review: "This was in a BuzzFeed article and I thought I’d give it try. OMG, I’m so glad I did! I wear a pant size 10 and the medium fits perfectly. I got the blue and it’s definitely more of a navy. It’s beautiful." —Ray

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 13 styles and sizes XS-XXL).

    15. A satin midi with textured dots all over its gorgeous silhouette. And that color! It'll absolutely *pop* when you pair it with your leather jacket.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $149 (available in sizes 2-10).

    16. A vintage-inspired silhouette in a range of patterns. So really, you're set for an entire week!,

    Promising review: "Dress material is light with just a tad stretch, but not much. It fits very well. I’m almost 5’1” without heels, and very curvy, small waisted, weigh between155-60 lbs, and I ordered a size Large in this dress. It fit like a dream. I plan to order more, as I received lots of compliments today!" —Adriane

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in nine styles and sizes S-XXL).

    17. A shirtdress that'll ~imprint~ itself upon anyone and everyone's mind who sees you walk past in it.

    All Saints

    Get it form All Saints for $260 (available in sizes XS-L).

    18. A velvet maxi that'll provide an on-trend Elvira lewk that'll feel a lot less risque than the original. Now you just need a couch to drape yourself on as you narrate over horror movies.


    <3 you, Cassandra!

    Promising review: "I bought this dress along with several other contenders for a Christmas party. After trying this one on it blew the others out of the water. It is the perfect combination of sexy and sophisticated. The neckline can be adjusted to be more or less revealing. The waist perfectly flatters my body and brings out the hourglass shape while masking a few fluffy undesirable areas. My aunt said it made me look like Jessica Rabbit as soon as I walked out in the dress. I have pretty short as well (4'11) and the dress was only a few inches too long for me and will easily be fixed with a heeled shoe." —Steph

    Get it from Amazon for $41.99 (available in nine colors and sizes S–XL).

    19. A sequin-accented looker – it may just make passersby stop and gawk at your fashion choice. So get ready!


    Get it from Boohoo for $32 (also available in black and sizes 2-12).

    20. 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 $22.99+ (available in 25 styles and sizes XS-XL).

    21. A tiered rainbow chiffon dress that, yes, also comes in solids. But just think of all the photographic possibilities, case in point below!

    Promising review: "OMG! Awesome!!!!! I'm 5’4” and 145 lbs. I bought a medium and it drapes beautifully. 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 though at all. I'm so thrilled. I will buy it in black ASAP!" —LB

    Get it from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in eight colors and sizes S-XL).

    22. An enchanting midi that'll serve as the prettiest rebuttal for when you dare utter "I have nothing to wear!" This dress might even clear its throat to make a point. Surprise. Your closet is haunted but fabulous.


    Get it from Nordstrom for $59.40 (available in sizes 1X-3X).

    23. 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~. (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 sizes S-XL and in eight styles)

    24. A *sustainable* high slit that'll let your legs breathe because indoor heating in the fall can be a terror. And also, let's show off dem stems.


    Get it from Reformation for $298 (also available in emerald and praline, and sizes 0-12).

    25. A bandage fishtail dress you may be tempted to save for holiday parties. But go ahead and wear it now. Do what you want!,

    Promising review (for pic on right): "Get. This. Dress!! I wore this dress for my birthday dinner and it was fantastic! It flattered my figure and flattened my little tummy, I wore it with some Spanx underneath for that accentuated hour glass shape and I received compliments all night. I added a gold belt just to give it a pop and it worked out wonderfully. This is by far the best dress I own and I’m definitely purchasing another one (if not two) more" —illy

    Get it from Amazon for $47+ (available in in 11 colors and sizes XS-XL).

    26. A fawn-cy ruffled option that I won't tell you to wear to every holiday activity with tons of food, but I *will* highly suggest it because it has quite the impact without sacrificing comfort. It'll work with boots now, then sandals come springtime.

    Promising review: "I absolutely love it. It is so cute and will be great in the fall with some boots. The material is nice as well, not thin or see-through. This is definitely a great buy!" —MarylandOhana

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in nine colors and sizes S-XL).

    27. A ruched velour reptile print you'll likely find yourself wearing constantly. And who could blame you?!


    Get it from Nordstrom for $65 (available in sizes XXS-XL and sizes 1X-4X).

    28. A '20s-style cocktail dress here for any of your Gatbsy-themed events, bridal showers, holiday parties, New Year's shindigs, or really most any other kinds of needs for a fancy dress!,

    Promising review: "I wore this dress to a wedding and got so many compliments! Great quality for the price. I'm 5'7" and wear a size 12 and ordered a large. It was fitted without being tight." —Grace H.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in eight styles and sizes XS-XL).

    29. A contrast midi that has polka dots of leopard print. Try explaining that to your dad who also thinks zebra print is cheetah print.


    Get it from Asos for $109 (available in sizes 14-20).

    30. A formal lacey maxi that'll make you the belle of that fall wedding you have to attend. And then one the week after, and so on and so forth because apparently people no longer get married in the summer.,

    Promising review: "Received this dress extremely fast. Got sooo many compliments on the dress no one believed it was from Amazon. It was slightly loose, but I added the belt and it was perfect. Great material! I'm 183 lbs, 5'8", and ordered a L. I'm usually a 12 in dresses." —Nat Cochran

    Get it from Amazon for $55.99 (available in five colors and sizes S-XXL).

    31. A slinky beaut worthy of your legendary layering skills. Throw your go-to leather jacket on top. And if you're feeling especially daring (aka, chilly), keep warm with a thin turtleneck underneath!, Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 11 styles and sizes S-XXL).

    32. A two-fer frock in more styles than there are days in any of the months. Gotta love a style situation that'll get you from bed to door that much faster.,

    Promising review: "This dress surprised me. I normally don't shop for clothes on Amazon, but I saw the pockets on this one (I'm obsessed with pockets) and started reading through the reviews. I ordered two because you can't beat the price. I wore one to work and thought for sure people would know how much I paid for it. But nope! All I've been getting are compliments and requests for links to buy the dress!! I'm about to order some more." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $29.96 (available in 34 styles and sizes S-3XL).

    33. A ~trim~ look with removable spaghetti straps so you can decide if you wanna be a lil' more free-wheeling at a moment's notice.


    Get it from Reformation for $288 (available in sizes 0-12).

    34. An ankle-grazing option for when you wanna cover up at family gatherings without sacrificing an ounce of glamour. Or perhaps you're tired of your office dress rotation. OR maybe you just wanna be warm this fall. All of the above are good reasons!,

    Promising review: "I love this dress! I dress more on the modest side but still like to be fashionable. This is perfect. The fit is great, it goes up to the neckline, and the sleeves and buttons are beautiful. The length was about mid-calf on me (I’m 5’6”). It was a thin material, so you may have to wear a slip, but other than that, it needs nothing extra!" —Maria

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in sizes XS-XXL and in 12 styles).

    35. A mesh mini that'll make you look like even more of a work of art.

    Pretty Little Thing

    Get it from Pretty Little Thing for $35 (available in sizes 0-12).

    36. A flouncy, bold choice in an array of bold colors so you can zero in on your desired spot of the rainbow.

    Promising review: "What a beautiful dress! I bought this ruffle hem party dress for a day outing and as you can see in the pictures, it looked awesome. I ordered small size of this dress and it is exact length I wanted well, my height is 5’5". It doesn't stretch out at all or lose shape after wearing it for a long time or after washing. Tie neck and short ruffle hem makes this dress even more special for special events." —AK

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in 12 colors and sizes XS-XL).

    37. And a fringed sweatshirt dress with intense Dolly Parton vibes I am extremely here for. Hold on a sec while I add it to my cart.


    Get it from Asos for $72 (available in sizes 0, 4-8, 12 and sizes 12-18, 22).

    Taking your new dress for a test run:

    Little Stranger

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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