Best dresses for autumn UK 2021: We've found all the high street hits

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Autumn is just around the corner, and with this summer mostly being a wash out, we are leaning towards more cosy numbers ahead of September anyway.

For those on the hunt for dresses to see them through the transitional weeks from summer to autumn, (and which you will continue to get your wear out of as the colder nights start to draw in) we have found plenty that fit the bill.

There are lots of designs out there that are not only chic, but are also breathable enough for those slightly balmy September days, yet warm enough for when the heavens open.

While some may prefer midi length, others may be looking for a winter maxi, or even a mini to style with tights and chunky boots.

Three-quarter length sleeves are a huge hit come the autumn because they are flattering and are a happy medium between bare shoulders and full coverage.

Then there are prints. Come autumn we see less bright colours and more earthy colour palettes. Polka dot, stripes and animal prints dominate, but floral numbers still abound, just in slightly more muted tones.

What we love about autumn dresses is how versatile they are. Whether you pair them with sandals for the slightly milder days, trainers, or heeled boots for when the weather really does change, they are an easy item you will call on time and time again.

Shop our 8 top autumn dresses

Chiffon Floral Midaxi Waisted Dress | £45 from Marks and Spencer

Chiffon Floral Midaxi Waisted Dress
Chiffon Floral Midaxi Waisted Dress

Marks and Spencer is our go-to for dresses all year round. This floral design is our latest favourite for the transition from summer to autumn. The ditsy print will brighten up your wardrobe (and is a welcome change from black), but isn't so bright it screams summer. The dress has stylish 3/4 puff sleeves, a dropped hem, waist belt and tie neck, and these extra feminine touches are exactly what makes it a stand out piece.

Floral Shirred Midi Tiered Dress | £45 from Marks and Spencer

Floral Shirred Midi Tiered Dress
Floral Shirred Midi Tiered Dress

The Floral Shirred Midi Tiered Dress is no doubt going to be a wardrobe staple this autumn. The monochrome ditsy print is a failsafe print, while the midi length, long sleeves with elasticated cuff, and shirred chest detail, adds that extra je ne sais quo to make this simple style even more chic.

Hobbs Jersey Shirt Midi Dress | £99 from John Lewis & Partners

Hobbs Jersey Shirt Midi Dress
Hobbs Jersey Shirt Midi Dress

Nothing says autumn dressing more than burgundy hues, which is why this lightweight jersey number is a firm favourite for the season. Not only is it super flattering with the fit and flare style, which sees the bottom half of the skirt float out in an A-line look, but it has a v-neckline, pocket detailing, button front fastening and waist belt to cinch in your figure for the enviable hourglass effect.

Dolores Shift Dress | £90 from Boden

Dolores Shift Dress (Boden)
Dolores Shift Dress (Boden)

Mini dresses can be worn bare legged in the summer, or paired with tights come autumn.

This creation oozes femininity as it has a ruffle collar and cuff, as well as a button front. It also features tapered blouson sleeves, which combined with the lightweight cotton printed fabric makes this the stylish garment to see you through all occasions and all seasons.

Puff Sleeve Jersey Shirt Dress | £90 from Boden

Puff Sleeve Jersey Shirt Dress (Boden)
Puff Sleeve Jersey Shirt Dress (Boden)

All summer long we have been living in puff sleeve midi dresses, and we won't be ditching the trend anytime soon, as Boden has created a stylish version that is also autumn appropriate.

This black and yellow patterned number adds just a pop of colour to your autumn dressing. It is a semi fitted style, with button front detail, short puff sleeves and a collared detail, so you can go from work to after work drinks.

Phoebe Short Sleeve Tea Dress | £79.95 from Joules

Phoebe Short Sleeve Tea Dress
Phoebe Short Sleeve Tea Dress

This midi-length dress is the ideal option for those looking for a simple and versatile dress. The design has a tiered hem, gathering iat the waist to flatter the figure, as well as gathered sleeves, which adds extra volume. Plus, it looks great with some black boots and a leather jacket.

Drawstring Midaxi T-shirt Dress | £25.60 (Was £32) from Oasis

Drawstring Midaxi T-shirt Dress
Drawstring Midaxi T-shirt Dress

Looking for a dress to wear lounging around the house, working from home, running errands, or even to a brunch? Then this Oasis creation has your name on.

It is a T-shirt style dress, which falls midway down the calf. It also features an elasticated waist belt to cinch in your frame, and with an extra 10% off sale items at Oasis, using the discount code "EXTRA10" you can't go wrong.

Floaty Midi Dress | £55.20 (Was £69) from Oasis

Floaty Midi Dress
Floaty Midi Dress

Denim never goes out of fashion, whether it is a pair of jeans, a jumpsuit, dungarees or a dress - this smock-esque creation included.

This simple, easy to wear, stylish design is just the ticket for those who want comfort and class, all in one. It can be dressed up or down, which is why it is the perfect number to add to your closet.