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Best Dresses for Fall 2012

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No matter how many dresses you have in your closet, there's always room for one more. Pick from the season's best including a trendy peplum, flirty lace and sexy cutout dress.

1. Peplum Dress

peplum dress

Pretty and flirty, peplums are all over this season! If you're new to the trend, a monotone dress is an easier way to pull off the look than a skirt and top combo. This Boundary & Co. minidress is also very affordable, another big plus when you're experimenting with a trend.

Style Tip:In the colder months, instead of pulling on a sweater or blazer, try layering a thin turtleneck underneath instead. It won't interfere with the poof of the peplum.

The Boundary & Co. Peplum dress is available in sizes extra-small through large and comes in coral and cream with polka dots.

2. Geometric Dress

geometric dress

Forget vertical stripes, if you want to look super skinny, reach for diagonal stripes. They give the optical illusion of height and a small waist. This Milly sleeveless diagonal dress has stripes on the front and the back and is made of merino wool.

Style tip:

Play up the mod feel and wear with a pair of black high-heeled boots.

The Milly sleeveless diagonal dress is available in sizes petite through large.

3. Winter Floral

winter floral

If your a floral lover, you don't have to wait until next season to wear your favorite prints. Instead, opt for a darker floral print, like the one in this Alice + Olivia Hallie Blouson Dress. The dress has a dropped waist, sheer sleeves and exquisite beading detail.

Style Tip:Pair with flat brown boots for weekend brunch with the girls.

Alice + Olivia Hallie Blouson Dress is available in extra-small through large.

4. Lace Dress

lace dress

Lace is one of those trends that keeps going strong. If you don't already have a pretty lace dress in your closet, consider an A-line dress like this Joie Brea dress. It has unexpected details like 3/4-lenght sleeves and a scalloped scoop neck. With the halter underlining it's easy to wear a bra.

Style tip:

To give the dress an edgier feel, wear with colored tights.

The Joie Brea Lace Dress is available in sizes extra-small through large and in ivory.

5. Leather Sheath Dress

leather dress

Leather pants, leather jackets, and, yes, leather dresses are in for fall. This Banana Republic chocolate brown leather sheath dress is such a classic shape, you'll wear it forever. The stitching at the waist keeps this dress modern and the fit flattering.

Style tip:Even though it's leather, this basic brown sheath dress will go with nearly anything. Wear to work with a cardi and knee-high boots or on a hot date with a killer pair of stilettos.

The Banana Republic Brown Leather Sheath Dress is available in sizes two through 14.

6. Cutout Dress

cutout dress

Cutouts are one of the hottest trends for fall—and also one of the hardest to wear. This Mossimo sleeveless dress builds off of the trend and offers a pretty cutout neckline that is flattering even if your 20s are far behind. It has a drawstring waist to help define your curves.

Style Tip:Because of the detail at the neck, pass on a necklace and keep your earrings simple, like a pearl drop or gold hoops. Instead, opt for an eye-catching cuff bracelet.

The Mossimo sleeveless dress is available in sizes extra-small through extra, extra large and in purple, black, heather grey, fuchsia and teal.

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