We love a good pair of jeans topped with a light jacket more than anyone, but sometimes we crave an alternative to the standard fall outfit formula. On days that fluctuate between summery midday heat and crisp, cool evenings, an easy dress paired with boots and a sweater can be the ideal fashion recipe: It feels relaxed and comfortable, but looks stylish and elevated. For weekdays at the office, a crisp shirtdress is a foolproof base; for weekends or nights out on the town, a flirty knit or an off-the-shoulder number fits the bill. We’ve even got you covered for cocktail parties, festive dinners and cool-weather weddings—which are notoriously hard to nail. Here, our favorite dresses of the season, for every occasion.
An All-In-One Cocktail Dress
Who even needs accessories when a print can do all the work? Just add short black boots and you’re good to go.
The Perfect Daytime Mini
A pair of tall brown suede boots and a light cardigan will keep this ‘60s-inspired mini in the 21st century.
A Foolproof Office Ensemble
This is a true all-season dress: wear it with sandals on warmer days, and add an oversized turtleneck and flats for cooler weather.
An Easy Weekend Look
We love this paired with a bright scarf, delicate jewelry and neutral footwear.
For a Casual Date Night
Throw on something with a heel, and add a belted cardigan for the trip to the restaurant.
For a Night on the Town
We love an all-over leopard moment, but if you want to tone the energy down a little, a black sweater on top will balance things out.
When You Want to Show a Little Skin
Perfect for a party or night out dancing with friends.
For an Afternoon of Apple Picking
Emphasize the cottagecore element with a chunky knit and a pair of lace-up boots.
For Meetings or a Business Lunch
Keep this on hand for days when you want to look chic with zero effort.
An Ideal Fall Wedding Look
Nailing cocktail attire in cool weather can be tricky. Keep things fuss-free with this elegant take on crochet.
For a Holiday Dinner Party
A festive print and subtle ruching looks elegant and feels comfortable.
Another Perfect Date Night Piece
Bare a little shoulder in this otherwise neutral piece.