In with the New: Our Edit of the Best Autumn Dresses
Showcasing the must-have mini, midi, maxi and occasion dress, those that every versatile wardrobe needs, here’s the Liberty guide to building the ultimate capsule of dresses for autumn.
With summer drawing to a close, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about refreshing your wardrobe with a new capsule of the very best autumn dresses, a carefully curated collection that will see you through the rest of this season and beyond in style. Featuring some of our favourite pieces, from the transeasonal and easy-to-layer mini to the ultimate occasion dress that’ll make the grandest of entrances, here’s Liberty's guide to breathing new life into your wardrobe.
The Mini Dress
While mini dresses and skirts have been big news all summer, they’re (thankfully) here to stay for the rest of the year too. But with temperatures steadily dropping colder and colder, you’ll need one that is easy to layer-up when protection from the elements is required, yet breezy enough to cope with the last few weeks of sun. Come rain or shine, the hand-dyed Garcia Floral Mini-Dress by LoveShackFancy, £495 ticks both boxes; with puffed long sleeves and cut from luxuriously soft fabric, it’ll pair easily with a plush and warming cardigan should a chill strike, but still works as a charming option for a garden party or if you still have a late-summer wedding guest dress to find.
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The Midi Dress
Midis make for the ultimate work-to-weekender dresses. In other words, if you’re searching for something that’ll look and feel just as special when worn to the office as it does on an end-of-week minibreak, a midi dress is right for you. Cut from a floaty viscose crepe with puffed sleeves, a frilled high neckline and decorated in an intricate pattern of flora and wild cats in autumnal hues of red, gold and orange, we predict that FARM Rio’s Flowered Leopard Midi-Dress, £240 might just become one of your favourites. Team with a a face-flattering pair of shades and a tonal headband to elevate the dress to peak levels of chic.
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The Maxi Dress
A year-round wardrobe staple that can be easily dressed up or down, whether you’re heading out on a first date or for an off-duty stroll to grab your first spiced latte of the year, the flowy maxi dress also deserves a place in your curated collection. But which one, you ask. In true Liberty style, we suggest something playful in cut and ornate in print like SIKA’s Rio Maxi-Dress, £290. Featuring a floor-sweeping gathered skirt, bouffant sleeves and an oversized Peter Pan collar, it’s also brimming with feel-good colour, so if you expect to suffer from post-summer blues, here's a welcome shot of dopamine dressing. As a finishing flourish, get in on the pearlcore trend by accessorising with a baroque pearl necklace.
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The Occasion Dress
Imagine that you’ve been invited out to an exclusive restaurant for dinner, to an after-hours get-together or to a suitably fancy party; special moments such as these call for an opulent occasion dress, something eye-catching for all the right reasons. Enter Batsheva’s Collarless Mini Prairie Dress, £270. Cut from a space-age holographic fabric, the kind that’ll have you shimmering under the glow of sun, candle or moonlight, it’s a figure-hugging, thigh-length dress that twinkles with glamour, making it the perfectly luxurious piece of partywear to add to your wardrobe. Couple with an elevating, the-bigger-the-better set of hoops for ultimate glitz.