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In With the New: Our Edit of the Best Autumn Dresses

From standout minis to midis, maxis to occasion dresses, here’s the Liberty guide to building the ultimate capsule of dresses for fall
By: George Elliot

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In With the New: Our Edit of the Best Autumn Dresses

In With the New: Our Edit of the Best Autumn Dresses

From standout minis to midis, maxis to occasion dresses, here’s the Liberty guide to building the ultimate capsule of dresses for fall

By: George Elliot

With summer long gone, now’s the perfect time to start thinking about building a new capsule of the very best autumn dresses, a carefully considered collection that will see you through the rest of this season and beyond – no matter what your schedule has in store. From the transeasonal and easy-to-layer mini to the ultimate occasion dress that’ll make the grandest of entrances, here are the eight essential dresses that every fall wardrobe needs.

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The Floral Dress

Florals will forever be in fashion’s favor, and like the flowers they come decked in, there’s an almost limitless variety, meaning there’s a floral dress for every sense of style. This autumn, there’s set to be an even greater boom for blooms, especially those that are a little dark, mysterious and moody, so ensure one of these makes its way into your curated capsule.

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SZ Blockprints Silk Jodphur Dress, $325
Erdem Light Blue Wallpaper Rose Long-Sleeve Tiered Dress, $1,300
FARM Rio Blush Garden Bloom Maxi-Dress, $415

The Mini Dress

While minis are big news when temperatures are on the up, don’t be fooled into thinking this kind of dress had no place in your post-summer wardrobe. Just be sure to pick one out one that’s easy to layer-up when protection from the elements is required.

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Liberty Feather Meadow Tana Lawn™ Cotton Alfresco Shirt Dress, $285
FARM Rio Bright Flora Brown Long-Sleeve Mini-Dress, $310
AJE Amelia Plunge Mini-Dress, $485

The Belted Dress

During autumn and winter the temptation to keep hitting snooze is almost irresistible, but doing so means you’ll struggle to get up and out of the house on time – if you haven't got a belted dress to hand, that is. The ultimate throw-on-and-go piece, these pre-accessorized dresses mitigate the need for any added extras, saving you time when you need to get back on schedule.

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RIXO Iris Mini Wrap-Dress, $375
JW Anderson Padlock Strap Wrap Dress, $755
S Max Mara Peonia Cotton and Silk-Blend Dress, $770

The Sweater Dress

With temperatures falling steadily, the dress equivalent of a warm, all-embracing hug probably sounds pretty nice, right? That’s where a sweater dress comes into play. Designed to cocoon you in a cozy shroud of wool, they’ll become your go-to on days when the weather takes a turn for the worse.

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Chloe Polo Midi Dress, $2,100
FARM Rio Black Bucolic Garden Sweater Dress, $280
Stella McCartney Asymmetric Compact Rib Sweater Dress, $1,500

The Denim Dress

As effortless to wear as your favorite pair of jeans and crafted from one of the most durable fabrics around, be sure to allocate some wardrobe space to a denim dress (or two). It’s a style that’ll see you from work to the weekend with just the simple addition of a few accessories.

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FARM Rio Patch Denim Midi-Dress, $345
Ganni Printed Denim Mini Dress, $440
Dries Van Noten Belted Denim Shirtdress, $825

The Black Dress

Timeless, synonymous with understated elegance and with the rare ability to suit everyone, the black dress is nothing short of a wardrobe cornerstone. There are virtually no limitations to where and when you can wear one, either, helping to extend the versatility and wearability of your wardrobe.

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FARM Rio Black Heart-Shaped Neckline Mini-Dress, $295
RIXO Golden Silk-Velvet Mini-Dress, $295
Rick Owens Arrowhead Gown, $945

The Neutral Dress

Fashion paralysis can strike at any time but we’re all particularly susceptible during autumn when uncertain weather conditions make styling outfits a whole lot trickier. The remedy? A minimalist dress in a neutral, monochrome or earthy color, the kind of goes-with-everything piece that’ll get you out of a styling rut.

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Rick Owens Seb Pearl Midi Dress, $870
Maison Margiela Cotton Poplin Pinstripe Shirtdress, £875
Pleats Please Issey Miyake MELLOW PLEATS Pink White Midi-Dress, $700

The Party Dress

There are plenty of occasions that call for a suitably special dress but to prevent any panic buying (which nearly always ends in regret) or declining the invitation altogether, designate the final space in your capsule to an occasion dress you can (and will want to) wear on repeat.

Read more: Get Party-Ready with Liberty's Edit of the Best Occassion Dresses

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RIXO Samantha Sequin Mini-Dress, $375
BEARE PARK Silk Asymmetric Slip Dress, $635
AJE Regent Midi-Dress, $680

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