Fall Must-Have: The Jersey Maxi Dress

Consider it your comfy-cool new uniform for fall. In fact, the season's long and lean jersey maxi dress packs everything we love into one simple piece. Inspired by old-school Norma Kamali and DKNY back in the '90s, fall's new jersey maxi dress is first and foremost comfortable, allowing stretch and snugness right where we need it. It also gives the illusion of being super tall and svelte (who doesn't love that?). And, perhaps most importantly, it can be switched up in a snap to go from easy weekend look to major after-dark attitude. Here, we've rounded up the styles we love, plus lots of ways to wear them. But really, with such a universally sleek piece like this, the styling options are pretty limitless.
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Above, from left: Madewell Heathered Maxi Dress, $98, available at Madewell; ASOS Knit Jersey Maxi Dress, $67.40, available at ASOS; Acne Truth Racer-back Tank Dress, $200, available at Acne Studios.
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Above, from left: Splendid Cotton Racer-back Maxi Dress, $125, available at Net-A-Porter; Sparkle & Fade Knit Cutout Back Maxi Dress, $48, available at Urban Outfitters; Bassike Striped Cotton Jersey Maxi Dress, $330, available at Net-A-Porter.
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Above, from left: T by Alexander Wang Long-Sleeve Dress, $106, available at Alexander Wang; Topshop Laddred Jersey Maxi Dress, $60, available at Topshop; Yigal Azrouël fall 2010 runway, via Yigal Azrouël.

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