Autumn Midi Dresses That Are So Good, You’ll Want To Wear Them Every Day

And there are four main styles that everyone is wearing.

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by Natalie Hammond |

There comes a week in November - usually just after the clocks have gone back - when you start to interrogate everything in your wardrobe with the million-dollar question: is this weather-appropriate? Except, with temperatures still hovering above 10 degrees, it might be premature to go full woolly mammoth. Instead, now is the moment to get as much wear as possible out of your dresses, specifically your autumn dresses. These are the styles with sleeves and slightly longer hemlines that can easily be optimised for autumn with the addition of a polo neck (take your cue from Victoria Beckham), a transitional coat or a pair of knee-high boots. Keep reading for the four key styles - some of which will already be in your wardrobe - and notes on how to wear them until winter.

The Silky Dress

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If you’re heading out-out but it’s cold-cold, the silky dress, with its long sleeves and swooshing hemline, is your best bet with a blazer. Wear with flat pointed pumps now and slouchy knee-highs later.


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Asceno, Sustainable Maxi Dress, £495
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Not only is this the most incredible colour, it's also crafted from sustainable bamboo satin. Wear on its own with heels after dark or belt at the waist and add boots for day.

COS, Midi Silk Shirt Dress, £135
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Put an elegant spin on workwear with this silk dress. It's oversized collar and cuffs give it designer vibes, with a high street price tag.

Zara, Satin Oversized Dress, £29.99
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This will look great layered over a polo neck with boots.

The Sweater Dress

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The knitted dress is a seasonal power player now that it’s November. For peak cosy points, double your dose of wool by wearing a chunky cardigan around your shoulders.


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Mango, Striped Jersey Dress, £59.99
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Slightly oversized, comfy and warm? You'll want to wear this every day.

Whistles, Collar Knit Midi Dress, £139
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Try this with trainers or stomper boots for a relaxed weekend look.

Jigsaw, Ribbed Knit Dress, £199
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Perfect on its own with knee-high boots or equally great over fine knits with flat shoes, this is the easy way to take on the knitted dress trend.

The Winter Floral Dress

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Victoria Beckham’s autumn layering trick of a long-sleeved floral dress over a fine-gauge polo neck will serve you well this month. Add a shacket or shearling jacket when the temperature drops below 10.


SHOP: The Best Winter Floral Dresses

Coach, Ruffled Dress, £595
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If you're tackling a smart dress code, this dress will be your best friend. Keep accessories simple and pared-back.

Arket, Green Floral Dress, £89
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This is the sort of wear-everywhere dress that makes mornings – and deciding what to wear – much easier.

Stine Goya, Pleated Dress, £350 at Fenwick
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You can dress this pleated midi up for a winter wedding or wear with flat boots under a chunky knit for days out.

The High-Neck Dress

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A high-necked dress, either puritanical or prairie in style, will elongate your body and keep drafts at bay. Pair with a single-breasted overcoat or trench that hits just below the knee to up the chic-factor.


SHOP: The Best High Neck Dresses

Kitri, Animal Print Midi Dress, £165
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Leopard print never goes out of style, so you'll be wearing this dress season after season. Try with glossy black boots and a faux fur coat for maximum glam.

Aligne, Ruffle Neck Dress, £89
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A throw-on-and-go dress that will earn plenty of compliments.

Batsheva, Silk-Taffeta Midi Dress, £435 at Matchesfashion
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There's a reason Batsheva has become such a huge success in a relatively short time – the brand specialises in the sort of silhouettes which have dominated the fashion landscape recently. This is a prime example and is the perfect antidote to sequins for the Christmas party.

Meadows, Floral Dress, £190
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If you're on the hunt for smaller, independent brands with a sustainable ethos, try Meadows for stand-out pieces like this high neck dress.

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