Let's face it: Summer wedding attire is a cinch to decode. You toss on your best sundress and add a straw basket bag and slides, and badaboom. You're good to go. Fall ceremonies on the other hand? May the fashion gods (and fickle weather) be in your favor. The key here is to seek comfort in cozy layers and rich fabrics (crushed velvet! Decadent lace!) that will be optimal once the temps take a plunge. Here, 18 RSVP-approved dresses to wear to the wedding fête of the season.
For Love & Lemons Daphne Lace Midi Dress ($342): This enchanting fairy-tale frock will be love, not lust (okay, maybe a bit of both), at first sight — if not for the autumnal goldenrod hue, then the antique-like lace and risqué slit.
DÔEN Clover Dress ($198): DÔEN's gone ahead and perfected the art of the day dress. Between the winter floral print, subtle ruffle detail, and fuss-free silo, we think we've found a keeper.
Mango Jersey Bodycon Dress ($50): Count on looking something fierce in this power red bodycon dress that's ready to bring that va-va-voom on the dance floor.
Soieblu Studded Gown ($58): We're all about jewel-toned gowns, especially when it comes to flouncy details and swoon-inducing extras. This ethereal amethyst-hued showstopper is of the stop-and-stare variety.
Moon River Button Down Shirt Dress With a Slit ($94): Boho babes, meet your match. This ceaselessly chic striped shirt dress not only racks up the '70s appeal — cinch the waist for a more refined look — but there's a good chance you'll wear it all season.
J.Crew Polka-Dot Embroidered Tulle Dress ($198): Why settle when you can have it ALL (that's polka dots and tulle). For a wedding under the stars, we couldn't have dreamed up a prettier sight.
Reformation Chrissy Dress ($218): You've struck gold, baby! Just you wait: This underground velvet mini wrap dress — featuring a plunging neckline and puffed shoulders — is about to be in heavy rotation with your prized studs and chunky block heels.
BHLDN Jolie Dress ($360): Gatsby-inspired details in the form of glitzy zigzags and sheer layers make this pleated shift a perfect 10 in our eyes.
Topshop Floral Jacquard Pini Dress ($95): Get in on that layering action STAT with this floral jacquard pinafore dress that calls for a thin turtleneck and Chelsea boots. Now would be the time to reach for your grammie's heirloom box clutch.
Kate Spade Leopard-Print Clipped Dot Midi Dress ($498): You could rock a LBD all season long, but where's the fun in that? Besides, nobody forgets a lady in leopard.
Madewell Nightflower Maxi Dress in Wild Botanic ($188): File this Jane Birkin-inspired maxi under what to wear for a wild wild west-themed wedding set in the countryside. For a dose of Southwestern flair, just add a felt fedora and cowgirl boots.
Scotch & Soda High Neck Lace Dress ($298): Get on Kate Middleton's level with this DDG high-neck lace frock featuring menswear-inspired striped cuffs. Rock a tailored camel coat and Swarovski chandelier earrings for a wedding weekend brunch.
Wilfred Carré Dress ($185): There's nothing worse than freezing your bum off at an outdoor November ceremony, amirite? The way we see it: You can't go wrong with a merino wool sweater dress that's as femme as it is cozy on a brisk fall day.
Pixie Market Luna Button V Linen Dress ($119): Trying, but not trying too hard. Blend in with the New England fall foliage by tossing a plaid blanket scarf and riding boots into the mix.
STAUD Luca Dress ($240): Work sartorial magic with this witchy deep-V bell sleeve dress that's spellbinding at its best. Opulent opal jewels and a certain cult-favorite STAUD bucket bag are absolutely in order.
Zara Printed Midi Dress ($50): Slip this floral midi dress over a sheer top, and pile on the quicksilver accessories for instant slayage.
Needle & Thread High Neck Maxi Dress Allover Embellishment ($593): Be careful not to steal the bride's thunder. This wow-worthy embellished dress comes through with the modern-day romance.
Nightcap Eyelet Flare Dress ($370): You had us at scallops, TBH. Team this charming eyelet dress with a flower crown and an oversized herringbone blazer for a dreamy woodland wedding.
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