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Just because the leaves are falling and the temps are dropping doesn't mean you need to retire your dresses—though you might need to get creative with layers, by wear a mini dress with tights or knee-high socks or a maxi dress with weatherproof combat boots.
Whichever style you choose, you’re bound to love these 10 casual fall dress options for fall—and they’re all under $50.
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1. This tweed overall dress
Tweed is a fabric we commonly associate with Chanel purses and pantsuits, but now, you can get in on the classy trend for the cost of a few lattes. This overall dress comes in two black-and-white options that are suitable for both the office and happy hour. It has a flattering high waist, decorative front buttons and a back zipper to help you slip it on. To keep the look fall-appropriate, layer over your favorite long-sleeve tee or sweater. It comes in women's sizes XS to 4XL.
“The quality of the sleeveless dress is immaculate!" one of its more than 8,800 reviewers raves. "It is extremely fairly priced for what it is. This dress is very flattering for all types of bodies.”
2. This boho midi dress
Make a serious fashion statement during the fall with this festival-chic frock. The lightweight chiffon material and ruffled hem keep the dress looking demure, while the high waist flatters your curves. It also has front buttons that allow you to customize your cleavage coverage. Available in five vivid boho patterns, it comes in women's sizes S to XL.
“I really love this dress!” one fan writes. “The colors are so vibrant and the pattern is very pretty and well done. I love wearing this dress for work and for going out to dinner... The sleeves are beautiful and just long enough, and the dress length is perfect for me. The buttons are functional and work really well, too.”
3. This wrap knit dress
This best-selling dress proves that sexy and cozy can co-exist. It features a belted closure, a deep V in the back and fashion-forward batwing sleeves to offset the skin-hugging bodycon silhouette. Plus, you can wear it either on or off the shoulder. Available in 13 colors, it comes in women's sizes S to XL.
"This dress was exactly what I'd hoped for," one person writes. "It was thick enough that I wasn't cold, but breathable. Has some stretch, and it's comfy."
4. This teddy sweatshirt dress
If you struggle to part ways with your warm teddy jacket when it’s time to be indoors, you’ll love this happy compromise: a cute frock that gives you the warmth and comfort of a coat with the laidback style of a mini dress. It hits just above the knee for most people and is made of a stretchy shearling material. Available in 12 colors, it comes in women's sizes XS to XL.
With more than 10,000 reviews, many customers point out how it’s the ideal stay-at-home dress: “This is the fluffiest thing I own! It's super soft, like wearing a wearable blanket. It’s great to lounge around in and sleep in when it's cold. I'm so in love with this and my boyfriend loves cuddles when I'm wearing this, too.”
5. This turtleneck sweater dress
This top-rated sweater dress has so many trendy attributes going for it: a thick turtleneck, a ribbed stretchy viscose and nylon material, baggy lantern sleeves and a mini length that is best served showing off your favorite thigh-high fall boots. Available in 16 colors, it comes in women's sizes XS to XL.
“I am shook," one reviewer writes. "I was not expecting this sweater dress to be this good. I was excited for this to come in the mail and I imagined it would be cute but girl, this hits every check mark. The color is gorgeous, too. Overall, I'm really happy with this purchase.”
6. This ruched off-the-shoulder dress
Ruched details are so popular now, instantly turning any garment into a trendy ‘90s resurgence piece. This off-the-shoulder dress has decorative ruched lining along with flared sleeves and is made of a stretchy cotton and polyester blend. Available in eight colors, it comes in women's sizes XS to XL.
“I fell in love with this dress,” one of its 1,700 reviewers writes. “It’s a must-buy. I wore it for my birthday. The style, the material, the way it fits—everything about it was 5 stars.”
7. This hooded sweatshirt dress
For a dress that can keep you warm on a walk on a crisp fall day, look no further than this hooded sweatshirt dress. It hits below the knee to ensure extra protection from the elements and it contains a drawstring hoodie to prevent it from blowing off in the wind. It’s made of a soft cotton blend fleece material boasting handy side pockets and a small slit down each leg. Available in 17 colors from apricot to mauve, it comes in women's sizes S to 3X.
“Okay, this thing has got to be the neatest item I’ve bought in a long time," one of its 3,600 fans writes. "I love its weight and the inside is soft, snuggly and warm. If you’re on the fence about buying this item, go for it. I’m incredibly difficult to fit and this thing just works."
8. This pleated sweater dress
It’s not hard to see why accordion pleats have gotten so popular—they’re the ultimate way to channel tennis court, golf course and academic vibes while showing off your legs. Grab this option made of a stretchy viscose-and-nylon blend. The dress itself features a grommet-lined functional waist tie and cozy turtleneck and takes cues from the monochromatic outfit trend, with its bottom and top set appearing as separate pieces. Available in three colors, it comes in women's sizes S to 3X.
“I originally bought this for a modest option to attend church," one 5-star reviewer writes. "Then once I tried it on, I realized I can wear it out for date nights or during the holidays when it's cooler, too.”
9. This denim dress
Rock fall’s unofficial fabric in this popular denim dress, which is available in five shades and washes. While all of the styles have functional buttons down the front and a knee-length hem, some options also feature a waist tie and decorative tassels along the bottom hem and sleeves, giving it an edgy and bohemian look. The dress comes in women's sizes S to XXL, and the brand recommends sizing up.
"I was shocked at how much I loved this dress," one person explains. "It looks amazing and is so flattering. I've worn it so much since I've gotten it! It is a tad thicker than I expected, so not ideal for extremely warm days. With all that being said, I feel that it was a great purchase!”
10. This balloon-sleeve dress
This uber trendy midi dress from Target is the ultimate addition to your fall wardrobe. Its fluttery hem and frilly collar make it ultra-feminine, and its side pockets make it practical enough to replace a purse. The icing on the cake? The flowy balloon sleeves. Available in three pretty prints, it comes in women's sizes XS to 4X.
“I really like this dress,” one reviewer writes. “The fabric is really soft and the print is beautiful. I love the neck and sleeves. Don’t be fooled by the lack of shape of this dress—it could flatter many shapes. Just add a belt to give shape.”
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