No matter the occasion or season, there are always plenty of opportunities to wear a dress and, of course, an overwhelming amount of options from which to pick. And since there really is no bad time of year to invest in one, we’ve put together a monthly edit of our favorite dresses you can shop right now.
A new season can bring sartorial uncertainty; plus, what to wear when it’s not quite summer and not quite fall is a feat in itself. A great dress, however, is a stylish solution for in-between September days. This month’s dress edit has something for everyone, for those beginning their fall shopping for office-friendly ensembles to those squeezing out every ounce left of summer. Shop layerable tank dresses to knit midis and more in our September dress edit.
End of Season Blues? Consider Cobalt
Shown here on Kaia Gerber for Vogue’s December 2020 issue and most recently on Karlie Kloss’s opening look for Christopher John Rogers’ latest runway show, this electric shade of blue is having a moment. Those interested in the bold blue hue can find it in a variety of dress silhouettes this season, from cotton poplin shirt dresses to body-clinging tanks.
Monochrome Goes Modern
Colorless doesn’t mean boring, and these dresses from Proenza Schouler, Burberry, and more prove it. Bold and graphic, these color-blocked dresses are both minimal in their monochrome palette yet striking with contrasting elements. Any of these would provide a sophisticated update to your summer-to-fall dress repertoire.
Late Summer? Try Sleeves
There’s no reason you can’t bring summer’s sleeved dresses into fall, after all, it’s technically still summer until September 22. Prairie prints from Dôen or embroidered ruffles by Chloé feel just as summery as they do autumnal, just swap your sandals for boots.
Tanks to Transition With
A fitted tank and full skirt dress silhouette just so happen to be the ideal foundation for fall layering. Wear alone on warmer days with sandals or sneakers, or add fall knits and blazers overtop with boots or loafers to imitate the look of wearing skirted separates.
Go Long With Daytime Gowns
Floor sweeping hems were a common theme among dresses in the Fall 2022 runways, and the silhouette wasn’t exclusive to evening gowns. In fact, when made from casual fabrics like jerseys, full-length dresses are more wearable than you might expect. From Proenza Schouler’s halterneck style to Altu’s cutout maxi, this season, you don’t need a special occasion to step out in one.
Polo Dresses for Polish
This month is synonymous with “back to school,” so why not add something more buttoned up to your September wardrobe? A collared polo dress is one way to do just that, be it Tory Burch’s burgundy midi or Self Portrait’s option with contrast stitch.
An Intro to Sweater Dressing
It’s not quite sweater dress season yet, so you’ll want to save those knitted styles for the colder months. However, there are a handful of styles that offer a similar effect without being too heavy. Take LVIR’s knit dress, for example, the brand offers a two-piece cardigan sleeve and dress set that you can wear now as a tank and later as a full sweater dress ensemble. Meanwhile, Altuzarra’s midi is half sweater half skirt, combining a cashmere crewneck with faux leather pleats.