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the countdown to fall has been on for a while now, and while outerwear, boots, and trend pieces are all important in their own rights, how could we not make a big deal about dresses for the season ahead? After all, you need something cute to pair with the aforementioned shoes and jackets on those days when your jeans (or new favorite sweatpants) simply won’t do and there’s no better stand-in than an autumn-ready dress.
Oh wait, there is one better option—an affordable one, of course, and as you probably guessed from the headline a few inches up on your screen, that’s just what I’ve rounded up for you today. From minis to midis in a range of prints, solids, and silhouettes, below you’ll find 18 fashionable frocks for the coming months, none of which will set you back more than $40 and all of which are editor-approved. To shop them all for yourself as well as see some of them in action along the way, just keep scrolling.
You can buy this already knowing how good it will look with your favorite black ankle boots—as seen above. This paisley print just screams fall. A black midi dress is such a versatile wardrobe staple. Love a fall-ready floral print. You can start wearing this now and keep wearing it well into the next season. A work-appropriate dress worthy of your most important zoom meetings. We all need this statement-making mini. If there's ever a time to bust out the animal print, it's fall. I love how good this looks with statement-making knee boots as modeled above. You'll never have trouble matching this shade of green with outerwear or accessories. I'm taking notes on how much a belt transforms this simple mini dress. Small-scale prints are easy to wear because they basically act as solids in your wardrobe. For when you really want to impress. This feels like one of those styles everyone should own. Tie-straps make everything better. This drapey mini dress just needs mules. Now I'm ready for my picnic. Who said you can't wear light colors in the colder seasons? This print works year-round.
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