Dresses for Every Occasion, From 5 Brands We Love

New season, new events to RSVP to — and more importantly, get dressed for. 

Whether you’re attending a fall wedding as a guest or planning your homecoming debut, the hunt for the perfect dress always feels intimidating (especially if you’ve procrastinated and are looking for last-minute looks). We’re the first to admit that it can be — which is why we’ve done the sifting and narrowed the list to five brands we love shopping from for every special occasion this fall.

Ahead are the independent and emerging designers that have all things semi-formal to black tie, in every aesthetic (like Barbiecore!) or color palette (white to black and all the shades in between) imaginable.

Dress The Population

For nights out — like bachelorette parties or homecoming — Dress The Population is our go-to for sequin dresses. Their full collection offers more, of course, but glitzy glamour is a style the brand does exceptionally well. 

Trending right now are this long-sleeve mini of mermaid-core dreams and this navy number with flattering beadwork.

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For cocktail dresses that offer all the shine with a touch of unexpected details, look no further than ONE33 SOCIAL. Every silhouette is classic — serving sophistication in a figure-flattering design — with a twist. 

Headed to a destination wedding? Escape back-to-fall reality with this light green mini. RSVP-ing to a more formal event? We love the iridescent shine of this elegant emerald evening gown as much as we appreciate the romantic ruffles on this white dress.



Sequins and ruffles aren’t the only options for occasion dresses, we’ll have you know. If you crave color and a contemporary edge, Hutch is an NYC-based womenswear that makes dressing up look, and feel, effortless.

This tiered tulle gown is the ultimate picture of perfection, but if you prefer something more playful, go for an unexpected option for fall — like this baby blue midi or a pink mini.

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En Saison

It’s no surprise that En Saison has quickly become one our most sought-after brands for special occasion dresses that are on the pulse of the season’s latest trends. Cut-outs, cottagecore and even leather-like looks are all part of the collection (and mixed and matched beautifully, too).

For an event that’s a bit more casual (like a baby shower or an early fall, outdoor wedding), try this long sleeve mini with a pair of gold earrings. If you want a timeless piece you can wear endlessly, this navy number will be forever timeless; just change up the accessories and shoes from venue to venue.

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Marchesa Notte

Marchesa Notte is the designer you turn to for something elevated and quite frankly, a design you’re not likely to see on anyone else. For splurge-worthy occasions, this is the brand to delve into — especially if love floral, feminine details.

We’re head over heels for this garden-themed midi with the sweetest butterfly embroidery, but if soft pinks aren’t quite your cup of tea, go bold with this black and red floral dress.

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