Fall Shopping: Dresses

Man, you guys.  I love fall.  It’s still in the high 70’s to low 80’s here, and though I try to be grateful for our weather I’m also yearning to dress in some more layers.
One thing I really love about fall is adding tights and boots to every dress I own.  Does it get old?  Err, nope!  Not to me, at least.  🙂  Every time I shop online I’m immediately drawn to dresses!  Below are a bunch that would be great for fall, and I broke them up into three different categories to make the spread a little less overwhelming.  These make me want to step on some crunchy leaves with my boots!  
Shirt Dresses:
I own two, though I don’t think I’ve ever blogged them.  I bought them years before I started blogging and wore them all the time, and when I shifted my style I somehow thought shirt dresses weren’t cool enough to wear.  Not true at all!  And I really, really miss them!  
Option 1 – I’ve wanted an olive shirt dress for years.  This one is from Old Navy, so you can bet I’m gonna go check it out.  I would pair it with booties, boots (of course) or red flats.  
Option 2 –  This is so cute.  Also comes in blue with tiny dots on it!  
Option 3 – This chambray shirt dress has tiny dots all over it too.  I don’t think I could pull it off, but I think it’d be adorable on other people.
Option 4 – A printed shirt dress is a really fun way to liven up a shirt dress.  While this is an all-over print, the black and white color scheme keeps it from being overwhelming.  Pair it with colorful pumps or of course, a sleek boot.

Casual Dresses:

Option 1 – Very adorable chambray dress!  Another dress that’s great with boots and a cardigan or colored flats and a cardigan or blazer.  
Option 2 – I’ve always wanted a sweater dress but haven’t been able to justify it living where I live.  It would hardly get worn!  But, sweater dresses and boots?  <3
Option 3 – Fall dresses can still be colorful and cute!  This one would pair so well with cardigans and boots, and it’ll transition really well to other seasons.  
Option 4 – Um, polka dot sweater dress?  Enough said.

Office/Work Dresses:

Option 1 – This dress comes in a bunch of different colors, my favorites being the grey shown above and maroon.  Not only would this work for an office setting, but I think with some shiny jewelry and the right shoes you could wear this to a fall wedding.  
Option 2 – This is a great fall dress that could be worn with heels (and tights if needed) for an office or with riding boots and a denim jacket or cardigan to be more casual.  
Option 3 – This is on sale with an additional 40% off!  It’ll pair great with a blazer and can be worn in multiple seasons depending on how you layer it.
Option 4 – Same styling ideas as above.  This dress and Option 3 can both be styled for events outside the office, like bridal showers or running errands.  

Personally, I think a shirt dress is moving up the priority ladder on my shopping list this fall!  
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    October 18, 2013 at 1:59 pm

    I have that ON chambray dress and love it! But I'm with you, I think a shirt dress is next on my list. 🙂

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    Jacquelyn Wheeler
    October 18, 2013 at 2:15 pm

    I love all of these options. I'm a big fan of dresses because they are always appropriate, you always look put together, and they work in all seasons! I have a hard time with shirt dresses because my bust is significantly bigger than my waist but I keep trying because I love them!

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    October 18, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I , too am itching to get on with the layering! Dresses really are fabulous and I have more now than I ever have. Love all these options and agree with boots, tights, sweaters or blazers they become mulit seasonal.
    I recently thrifted some Target brand ones from Goodwill that are brand new with tags for just $3.50. I posted My Lucky Finds shoe edition today and tomorrow will post the clothing one with the three dresses…

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    October 18, 2013 at 6:21 pm

    I enjoy your blog and have no problem with bloggers using affiliate links, but I wish you'd disclosed that these were shopstyle affiliate links. The surprise left a bad taste in my mouth.

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    Audrey @ Putting Me Together
    October 18, 2013 at 7:18 pm

    My apologies, Sally. I didn't *not* say it to hide anything, I just thought it was assumed based on a few past posts I'd written about affiliate links as well as posts that have pointed people to my Disclosure page and explained where readers could find it at anytime. My disclosure page can be found at the bottom of the page ( https://www.puttingmetogether.com/p/disclosure.html), but would it be helpful if I wrote it at the bottom of every single post? I use them in basically every single post, which is why I thought it was assumed or not new information to anyone. Again, my apologies if I haven't made it clear enough. Please let me know if writing it at the bottom of every post would be helpful.

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    Vicki Wilde
    October 18, 2013 at 8:02 pm

    I love shirt dresses for fall! It seems so much more warm and weather appropriate. 🙂

    <3 Vicki

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    October 18, 2013 at 11:19 pm

    I love dresses for Fall but i haven't been wearing them. Thanks for the inspiration. Got a great pair of new patterned tights. LOoking forward to trying them out. Great selections of dresses.



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    October 19, 2013 at 1:13 am

    I love the striped and polka dot options!~

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    Lauren Lambert
    October 19, 2013 at 1:24 am

    I love the chambray dress, it would be so cute with boots and tights for fall! It doesn't get hot enough here either!!
    Lauren from Modern Modesty

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    October 19, 2013 at 1:50 am

    I feel your pain! I just moved from north San Diego to Hawaii. I absolutely can't complain about the perfect summer weather here (and back home too!) but I'm just dying to wear some layers. And scarves…man I miss my scarves!
    Love the polka dot dress too!

    Viktoria at thelittlebitsblog.com

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    October 19, 2013 at 1:52 am

    I am only a few hours north of you on the coast and I get ALOT of wear out of my sweater dress. I actually think jeans and a blazer or jeans and a sweater are warmer then the sweater dress, especially if you skip the tights. Buy one and give it a try. Consider yourself enabled 🙂

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    October 19, 2013 at 2:50 am

    So many great options here! I love the polka dotted sweater dress and the olive shirt dress. I think I might have to add both of those to my wish list for fall!

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    October 19, 2013 at 3:18 am

    I'm such a sucker for dresses as well! I live in Minnesota and love to bundle up in fleece-lined leggings or tights, a sweater dress, and my boots. So cozy and perfect! Sometimes I'll throw on a blazer as well for an extra layer. I'm looking for a shirt dress or two to add to my closet, so I'll definitely need to check out the ones you have shown here – the black one looks perfect!

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    October 19, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I'm a huge fan of shirt and sweater dresses! They are casual but still dressed up. Unfortunately our temperatures went straight to the 50s this weekend…so no dresses for me!


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    Lauren Wickersheim
    October 21, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I tried on the Old Navy short-sleeve chambray dress yesterday! It was on clearance for like $6!! But the sleeves fit me funny. 😛 I was too enamored with my $8.50 jeans and $8.50 cardigan to give it much more thought, but I should have thought how cute it would be with a cardigan and boots! Hmmm … maybe the sleeves are worth it. 😛

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