Presenting: The 32 Best Affordable Dresses of Fall 2021


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If you're anything like me, dresses have become the backbone of your wardrobe over the last three months. Seriously, if you saw the current state of my closet, you'd understand just how much market share they've taken up. Between packing for trips and finding the easiest outfits to put together, my dress obsession is in full gear, but just because it tends to kick up in the summer months doesn't mean I'll be losing any interest come fall.

On the contrary, my brain has been filled with all the cool fall dresses that are hitting the market right now, so I think it's safe to say dresses will be a pillar of my next-season wardrobe, too. I've been doing a lot of online shopping in anticipation, so I thought I'd pull together my favorite affordable fall dresses that make a major impact but don't hit your wallet like one. After perusing the selections from H&M, Mango, Zara, and more, I realized that there are a few common themes—i.e. dress trends—that are already popping up in the market.

Ahead, shop my favorite 32 fall frocks that don't ring up for more than $300, organized by style.

Knit Dresses


Cutout Dresses

Printed Dresses

Going-Out Dresses

Voluminous Midi Dresses

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Anna is an editor on the fashion team at Who What Wear and has been at the company for over five years, having begun her career in the Los Angeles office before relocating to New York, where she's currently based. Having always been passionate about pursuing a career in fashion, she built up her experience interning at the likes of Michael Kors, A.L.C., and College Fashionista before joining the team as a post-graduate assistant editor. Anna has penned a number of interviews with Who What Wear's cover stars over the years, including A-listers Megan Fox, Issa Rae, and Emma Chamberlain. She's earned a reputation for scouting new and emerging brands from across the globe and championing them to our audience of millions. While fashion is her main wheelhouse, Anna led the launch of WWW Travels last year, a new lifestyle vertical that highlights all things travel through a fashion-person lens. She is passionate about shopping vintage, whether it be at a favorite local outpost or an on-the-road discovery, and has amassed a wardrobe full of unique finds. When she's not writing, you can find her shooting street imagery on her film camera, attempting to learn a fourth or fifth language, or planning her next trip across the globe.