8 Easy Dress Outfits That Make Up My Autumn Wardrobe

If you're considering forcing your summer dresses to take the annual walk of shame into the depths of your wardrobe right about now, think again. Last season's offering of midis and maxis ain't going anywhere for autumn, and we're already witnessing how fashion people are getting more mileage out of their frocks, even in the face of the cold weather we're currently experiencing. 

Ultimately it's all about being clever with layers. Whether it's a strategic polo-neck, a throw-on-and-go blazer or a pair of trending boots, it's the easiest way to make your warm-weather frock ready for the colder months ahead. There are also plenty of new-season styles available if you want to freshen up your wardrobe. 

Scroll down to see our favourite autumn dress outfits, and to shop the pieces you need to re-create them. 

1. Simple Coat + Knitted Mini + Knee Boots


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Style Notes: Nothing looks quite as cool as a minidress worn with knee boots. Complete the autumnal aesthetic with a cotton coat. 

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2. Shearling Jacket + Printed Midi + Zip-Front Boots


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Style Notes: Shearling jackets are all the rage right now. Use yours to give all of your printed summer dresses a wintry spin. 

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3. Denim Jacket + Tube Dress + Square-Toe Boots


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Style Notes: Tube dresses present one of the easiest autumn outfits of the season—just add a denim jacket and square-toe boots for cool-girl appeal. 

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4. Bright Dress + Crossbody Bag + Trainers


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Style Notes: It might be the darker months, but you needn't stick to a muted colour palette. Instead, embrace a bright hue and give it a downtime spin with chunky trainers. 

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5. Minidress + Roll-Neck + Knee Boots


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Style Notes: Turn your minidresses into the perfect autumn outfit with the addition of a roll-neck top and knee boots. 

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6. Cardigan + Slip Dress + Printed Boots


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Style Notes: As we approach party season, we know there will be an influx of slip dresses to choose from. Make them work for everyday wear with a belted cardigan and some printed boots. 

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7. Trench Coat + Floral Dress + Tan Boots


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Style Notes: We all have a floral dress hanging in our wardrobes that we largely forget about in the autumn months, but there's no need to pack it away until April. (Not when there's a trench-coat–and-boots solution waiting for you to try.)

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8. Shirtdress + High-Neck Top + Lug-Sole Boots


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Style Notes: Shirtdresses in thicker fabrics (hello, corduroy), loan themselves to lots of layering options. Here, Monikh showcases how something as simple as a cream high-neck top can make this midi feel the wintry part. 

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Maxine Eggenberger
Deputy Editor

Maxine Eggenberger is Who What Wear UK’s deputy editor and has over twelve years of experience in fashion journalism. She been creating engaging and elevated style content for Who What Wear UK since 2018, covering runway reports, emerging trends, long-form features, self-styled shopping stories, and columns, including her edit of the best new-in buys. She ensures the highest editorial standards are met across the site, works closely with influencer talent on content initiatives, represents the brand at industry events, and regularly contributes to social media. Previously, Maxine appeared on TV in her own fashion segment and has interviewed countless celebrities—everyone from Victoria Beckham to Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o. 

Prior to Who What Wear UK, Maxine’s career began when, after completing her first-ever internship, she was offered a position on the Look magazine fashion desk. She accepted, leaving university a year early in the process. She went on to become the title's fashion news and commercial content editor, with a stint as InStyle.co.uk’s fashion writer along the way. She later served as Look’s acting Editor in Chief before embarking on a successful freelance career, working with Grazia, The Pool, and Marie Claire amongst others. Maxine works remotely from her countryside home near Edinburgh.