22 of the Best Fall Dresses, Approved by NYC Editors

Pants are great and all, but when we fantasize about the perfect fall outfit, the sort that makes walking to work or strolling out for an afternoon latte a slightly self-indulgent activity, it usually involves a dress. Maybe it's a floral dress, maybe it's a high-neck long-sleeve prairie dress that all the hip kids are waxing poetic about of late, or maybe it's a moody plaid maxi dress that looks especially appealing when worn with a pair of lace-up utility boots à la 1990s Perry Ellis. Whatever kind of dress scenario you may have concocted in your head, there is one underlying, universal truth here to remember, folks: Invest in a great fall dress, and you invest in your future. The problem with said fall dress is finding it—that's where we come in.

When we tapped a few of our fellow friends in fashion to share their personal faves of the moment, we were delighted by what came back at us. From patchwork patterns to night-out gowns to slinky silk iterations, the fall frocks below are sure to delight your inner fashion fantasies. Scroll down to shop the NYC fashion-editor fall dresses roundup, choose your favorites, and stylishly thrive the rest of the season.

Hannah Baxter, Editor at Coveteur

Gina Marinelli, Senior Editor at Who What Wear

Lauren Caruso, Managing Editor at The Zoe Report

Lauren Eggersten, Fashion Editor at Who What Wear

Véronique Hyland, Fashion Features Director at Elle

Nicole Eshaghpour, Market Editor at Who What Wear

Next up: It colors for fall clothing that we're buying in bulk.