We are going through a particularly unsavory fashion moment for dresses currently: there’s a lot of this type of thing going on due to the cottagecore trend, which, in short, is a trend that will not be happy until we are all dressed like Half Pint on Little House on the Prairie before it’s all over. I went searching for somewhat more sophisticated, non-sister-wife-looking options and came up with the following, starting with this dotted shirtdress that looks fancy, but in fact rings in at under $50.
This pretty flutter-neck number costs a bit more, but is the type of dress that would be suitable for so many situations, and it’s feminine without being prissy, which is always a plus.
A sort of vintage-y-looking brown floral that I’d probably wear with a slightly slimmer belt than is shown here.
I really dig the combination of purple, black, and green here—what a happy and unexpected explosion of color.
A number of you have asked me what the fall version of a caftan is, and I have to say that this caftan dress is pretty much the perfect answer to that question.
Universal Standard makes this sleek wrap dress in a few colors, but I’m partial to it in black, which should come as a surprise to absolutely no one who visits this blog regularly.
And why not a hippie girl dress for fall? On cool days, just layer up with tights and a cropped cardigan, and you’re set.
The print here is just so good, and I think this is a dress that would look equally good belted or not.
For days when comfort is paramount, you could do a lot worse than this drawstring-neckline specimen.
This gorgeous dress reminds me of golden-era Donna Karan; it’s almost sold out in this taupe, but is available in all (offered) sizes in black.
I love a dark floral, and this one is nicely subtle. I don’t even mind the slightly puffy shoulders, which typically really turn me off.
I’m not a fan of sweater dresses usually either, but this half-zip one is just aces.
A pretty dress with a bold and graphic print. Again, I’d wear a slightly slimmer belt with it.
An empire-waist dress that reminds me a lot of how I dressed in the 90s, and not in a bad way.
And finally: a tie-front shirtdress with a really good leopard print.