10 End-of-Summer Dresses that Transition into the Fall Season with Ease

Photograph by Colin Dodgson; Styled by Sara Moonves.

We’re slowly approaching that time in the season when you’re ready to shed the sand from your shoes and scrub away the sunscreen, but perhaps not-so-ready to bid adieu to your favorite summer frocks. Luckily enough, we’ve found an abundance of transitional dresses that will have you easing into the fall season with no added help necessary; other than maybe a great boot to pair alongside. Should you be inspired by vintage hues á la the 1970’s, find Rixo’s off-the-shoulder prairie dress or Ace & Jig’s cotton midi. For when the summer temperatures start to drop, look toward Staud or Loewe for the perfect floor-length partner. Wherever the new season may take you, click through our favorite transitional dresses below and soon find out.


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From cult favorite, Faithfull the Brand, this zebra-printed midi dress is the ideal transitional piece to ease you into the Fall season. With its puffed sleeves and mid-length hem, you can count on this number to shield you from the first signs of fall temperatures, however unwelcoming they may be.

Buy now: Faithfull the Brand dress, $200,


While this Ace & Jig cotton dress features a classic summer frock silhouette, the rusted yellow and white check print mimic the tonal hues we’ve come to expect during the fall season. Not to mention, checks and plaids were one of the biggest trends seen on the fall runways.

Buy now: Ace & Jig dress, $365,


Forget what you thought about the ‘white-after-Labor-Day’ rule and trust us when we say that this mini from Mara Hoffman can be worn well into the fall months. Pair with a knee-high boot for a night out and consider yourself a very fashionable savage.

Buy now: Mara Hoffman dress, $325,


This rose printed midi dress from fashion favorite, Paco Rabanne, fits all your cocktail party attire requirements. The asymmetrical sleeves are an unexpecting detail not to miss out on.

Buy now: Paco Rabanne dress, $586,


Consider the red ‘Isabel’ from Reformation the ultimate date night dress with its sweetheart neckline and built in bodice. This dress is hotter than any summer heatwave.

Buy now: Reformation dress, $198,


If there was one trend to take note of during the fall shows, it was that the 1970s are back and groovier than ever before. Rixo plays into the fad with their off-the-shoulder, prairie dress.

Buy now: Rixo dress, $415, net-a-porter-com


When your ready to shed the sand from your shoes, scrub away the sunscreen, and really make an end-of-summer statement, source this snakeskin printed mini dress from Gucci. Pair with a strappy sandal or a boot for that seasonal touch.

Buy now: Gucci dress, $3,800,


With back-to-school slowly approaching, channel your inner schoolgirl with this silk mini dress from Miu Miu. Its sailor collar and star printed cuffs are charming details sure to win you ‘Best Dressed’ superlative.

Buy now: Miu Miu dress, $2,510,


New York based brand, Commission, brings a fresh face to 90’s minimalism with their satin midi dress. The chainmail strap and floral print exude dark romance.

Buy now: Commission dress, $1,145,


The easy simplicity of this floor-length Staud dress should be the foundation of your end-of-summer wardrobe. With its flattering side slit, this dress transcends from day to night like that first fall breeze.

Buy now: Staud dress, $225,


From leisure brand Sleeper, this hand-made maxi dress in emerald green highlights any lingering suntan, and adorned with a matching belt, this dress flatteringly accentuates any silhouette.

Buy now: Sleeper dress, $290,


Loewe’s turtleneck, striped dress in jersey is the perfect crossover item when in-between seasons. Throw on with a simple brown boot and we predict this a future fashion favorite.

Buy now: Loewe dress, $990, modaoperandi


The ongoing tie-dye trend has yet to wring dry as seen on this silk midi dress from AqC. When paired with a simple cardigan, this is one stain sure to leave a mark long into the new season.

Buy now: AqC dress, $420,