You’ve switched from an iced cold-brew to a PSL. You’ve at least thought about moving your tights from the back of your drawer to somewhere more accessible. And, your friends have already begun emailing about a family pumpkin patch visit. Fall is really, truly coming, but there’s still enough lingering sunshine and warm D.C. temps to hold off on fully committing to chilly weather dressing. This transitional season may be tricky to figure out, especially for work-wear, but let me present to you the ultimate one-piece dressing solution for your 9-5: the fall dress.
We fervently adopt one-piece dressing during the dog days of summer for the comfort, convenience, and style, so why not do the same for our fall routine? One-piece fall dressing keeps the morning routine as simple as possible as we wash off the last bits of vacation sand and get back into the fall grind. With the dress being a key component of this season’s wardrobe, it’s a no brainer! Check out three of my top picks from Kiskadee that you can wear now and, by changing your accessories, into the coming months as the temperatures turn.
The Cindy dress is perfect for fall transitional dressing. The fitted top of this knit is balanced by a slightly fuller bottom (giving us a chance to work off the effects of our summer ros indulgence). Unexpected details like the inverted pleat and concealed pockets make this dress both flattering and functional, while the leather tipping at the end of the sleeves and around collar is the perfect cool weather trendy touch. Now, barelegged with wedges or pumps and later with tights and boots, booties, or riding boots, this dress will become a wardrobe workhorse.
This BCBG dress is a stunner. Somehow, it seems to borrow from the trending military silhouette but at the same time evoke a cool-girl 70s vibe. It does all of this in an of-the-moment supple brown suede that’s perfect for the season. The flattering silhouette is created by distinct vertical lines, a banded waistline and collar, and an ever-so-slight A-line skirt. The front flap and side slit pockets add interest, but given the cut, fabric, and fit of this dress, little other adornment is needed. With strappy sandals now and with closed toe pumps and a long camel wool wrap coat later, this is a statement maker. Modern power dressing at its best.
This easy mock-neck swing dress, a more refined take on the traditional trapeze cut, is perfect to wear now if your office temperature feels more like fall than the outside temps do. Cozy and soft, the neutral color palette and easy-fitting silhouette allow the black leather accents on each sleeve to take center stage. Wear now with lace up wedges and later with tights and block-heeled black suede ankle boots and channel a mod, retro vibe.