Trend Report: The Key Dress Style To Jumpstart Your Fall Wardrobe

Do you love your legs but feel less than confident about your right to bare arms? Well then, exciting news. With long-sleeved minis poised to be one of fall’s defining silhouettes, your style moment has (finally) arrived.

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  • Get ahead of the trend and check out how fashion-forward celebs like Rihanna and Nicole Ritchie are working this versatile look.

  • Dakota Fanning
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    Dakota Fanning

    The actress struck a blue note at The Last Robin Hood's Toronto Film Festival premiere in a Valentino wool-silk blend Square-Neck Dress ($2500) with a shoulder-grazing neckline and nude patent Valentino Pumps ($895). Fanning's look proves that a mini dress can be elegant and ladylike.

  • Rihanna
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    Rihanna

    After the BMI R&B/Hip-Hop Awards in New York last month, the pop star hit an after-party at Club 48 in a sold-out body-con dress from her collaboration with River Island.  To offset the frock’s bold graphics, she kept her accouterments to a minimum: strappy Roberto Cavalli sandals and a crimson lip.

  • Nicole Richie
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    Nicole Richie

    It’s not easy to upstage Kelly Ripa (she’s just so peppy!).  But Richie pulled it off with style when she visited the set of Live! With Kelly and Michael in an Antonio Berardi floral-print dress and Manolo Blahnik Tayler Patent Pointed d’Orsay Pumps ($695). A slicked-back updo adds extra polish to the ensemble.

  • Joan Smalls
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    Joan Smalls

    The model showed off her gorgeous gams in a Viktor & Rolf F/W 13 white leather dress at the 2013 MTV Video Music Awards. Strappy knee-high Casadei Blade One Boots ($1900) toughen up the frock, which due to the dropped waist and ruffled hemline would otherwise read more sweetie pie than sexpot.

  • Kerry Washington
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    Kerry Washington

    The Scandal star got lippy in this playful Stella McCartney shift from the designer’s Resort 14 collection at the Teen Choice Awards last month. With its pale pink shade and satin sheen, the dress works overtime as a day-to-night number.

  • Alexa Chung
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    Alexa Chung

    Can’t find a dress that suits your fancy? Follow Alexa Chung’s lead and make your own! The style maven improvised at Chanel's Haute Couture F/W 13 show in Paris this summer when she wore a black lace long-sleeved top underneath a navy Chanel shift. Her trusty Vivienne Westwood three-strap flats also made a cameo.

  • Jourdan Dunn
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    Jourdan Dunn

    Who says abbreviated hemlines aren’t black-tie appropriate? Jourdan Dunn sent the glam factor into the stratosphere earlier this month at the British GQ's Men of the Year Awards after-party, via this glittery, show-stopping number from Julien Macdonald’s F/W 13 collection.

  • Pucci Graphic Print Long Sleeve Dress
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    Pucci

    Mamma Mia! Thigh-High Stretch Suede Boots ($2837) pick up where the hemline of this Pucci Graphic Print Long Sleeve Dress ($2,175) leaves off at the Italian design house’s F/W 13 show.

  • Valentino Pleated Trapeze Dress
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    Valentino

    Proving that “short” and “tight” aren’t mutually exclusive, designers Maria Grazia Chiuri and Pier Paolo Piccioli sent this Pleated Trapeze Dress ($3,990) down the F/W 13 runway, which billowed breezily as the model walked.

  • Diesel Black Gold

    Designer Andreas Melbostad riffs on fall’s white-hot leather trend with this mini luxe-ed up a notch with a shimmering armor of metal studs.

     



     

  • ALC

    Simona Printed Tunic Dress ($525) in Green

     

  • Alice + Olivia

    Courtnee Dress ($438) in Black
     

  • Au Jour Le Jour

    Mini Dress ($691) in Blue

  • Kenzo

    Cotton Cloud Print Dress ($405) in Blue

  • Mango

    Floral Print Flowy Dress ($80) in Coal

     

  • Paul and Joe Sister

    Dress ($270) in Marine Blue

  • Maison Scotch

    Baseball-Inspired Colour Block Dress ($119) in Combo A

  • Thomas Sires

    Pleated Brush Stroke Dress ($352) in Red

  • Whistles

    Camo Jacquard Dress ($289) in Green Multi

  • Aritzia

    Talula Notting Hill Dress ($60) in Blue

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