A dress is one of the hardest working items in your closet. It takes all the work out of getting dressed, because it’s an instant outfit. It’s easy to layer on sweaters or a jacket when you’re chilly but keep it cool when it gets hot again. And styling them couldn’t be easier! They work with sandals, boots, sneakers – you name it. We put together our favorite transitional dresses from Nordstrom so you never have to ask, “What am I going to wear?”
An easy way to marry the coming fall with the last dog days of summer is to keep the lightness of a breezy dress, but update it with a darker color palette. Auburns, maroons, browns – these are colors we’re working into our closets. Sandro’s rich brown floral midi dress is a perfect example. Boden’s wrap dress has a geometric, graphic print. Faherty Isabella’s long sleeved dress has a more peasant style. Mango’s floral dress has a mockneck when the weather chills.
Maybe you want to luxuriate in the last days of summer. You’re not ready for dark colors yet. Go for something brightly colored, like this floral and botanical stunner from Farm Rio. It will work right now with sandals, and later with a leather jacket and boots. This ruffly maxi-dress with puffy sleeves from Farm Rio is a feminine, dramatic statement dress.
Learning how to dress down a dress will make your life so much better. Take this colorful, long sleeved dress from Rio for example. If you wear it with a slip-on mule or ballet flat, you can wear it to work or on a particularly put-together errands run. This Zadig & Voltaire shirtdress in a tiger print has a bit more edge, and would look lovely with your favorite Nike sneakers.
Shop our favorite transitional dresses from Nordstrom below:
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