The ONLY Dress You Need In Your Closet This Fall

When you think of the most versatile item in your closet, worn-in jeans, a classic white T-shirt, or a pair of functional black booties probably comes to mind. But, it's time to look past the basics and consider a new staple for fall: the pinafore dress.

A pinafore — especially in an on-trend navy corduroy — goes with just about anything and lends itself to an array of low-maintenance but still super put-together outfits. Once you figure out what to wear underneath (which can be pretty much anything), you're free to accessorize as you please and get on your way — meaning those frustrating mornings spent pacing around your bedroom with no clue what to wear will suddenly become a thing of the past.

You'll be pleasantly surprised by just how many pieces in your wardrobe can be given new life thanks to this simple number (frilly blouses, cozy sweaters, and more). Click through for five flawless ways to wear a pinafore — and further proof you won't have to bother with any other dresses this fall.
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The Pinafore-Over-Pants Look
Yes, you read that right — you can wear your pinafore dress as a tunic over a bright pair of kick flares. Simply throw on a white tee underneath, add some height with a perfect black sock boot, and complete the look with an on-trend skinny scarf. Not only is this an unexpected way to wear this versatile piece, but you're basically tackling three trends at once. Multitasking!
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The Work-Ready Geometric Tee
If your workplace allows it, a pinafore is a no-brainer staple. Pair it with a comfy-yet-polished tee (preferably in a bold print), and skip out on heels — instead, a classic forest-green loafer will do. Keep your accessories simple, too, with a dainty through earring and a gray cross-body that goes with pretty much everything. The resulting loos is cute, comfy, and still put-together.
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The Cozy Ensemble
Make a pinafore work for cooler days by wearing it with your favorite chunky turtleneck sweater. Then, keep your legs warm with a knee-high boot, and make the whole thing feel a bit more fun with a leopard top-handle bag and some funky frames (whether you actually need them or not).
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The High-Neck Hero
Let your pinafore feel more polished by layering it over a chic high-neck blouse in a classic white. Match your bootie to your dress in a navy suede that hits high on the ankle, and top it all off with some reflective shades and a seasonally-appropriate burnt-orange mini-bag. Now all you need is a pile of leaves for the perfect fall #ootd pic.
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The Off-Duty Rocker
Graphic rocker tees and pinafore dresses are a surprising match made in sartorial heaven. Switch up your usual kicks with a pair of throwback Adidas in a bright pinky-red, because why not? As for accessories, this look calls for a metallic backpack and cool-girl chain earrings for just the right amount of badass. See? A pinafore doesn't have to be so prim and proper.
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