18 Fall Dresses to Wear in Autumn 2021: Cute, Casual Fall Dresses

Fall weather can be finicky. In the span of a workweek, thermostat readings float all too easily between the low 40s and high 70s. It feels like summer, but every breeze is a reminder that looks can be deceiving; it may be sweater weather, but by midday, you will break a sweat during your Sweetgreen lunch run.

In short, fall is wardrobe limbo—but that doesn’t mean we don’t love it. Call it a glass-half-full perspective, but we can’t wait to start breaking out our trusty fall dresses, layering turtlenecks, tights, and chunky sweaters for the ultimate autumn look that can easily transition through the temperamental temperatures. The way we see it, the greater the sliding scale of temperatures, the more opportunities there are to experiment in length, fabrics, prints, and styles. The world is your oyster, and the unpredictable-til-day-of readings are your sign to carpe diem. Minis are still appropriate (not to be shelved until much later), and you absolutely can bring whites and brights well into autumn, even after Labor Day. Ahead, shop our favorite fall dresses for leaf-peeping season.