When in doubt, wear a fabulous dress. (Or that's my most trusted fashion mantra, anyway.) On those days where everything else feels like too much effort (sometimes styling separates is a truly disastrous exercise in being punctual), I always turn to my edit of safety-net frocks. In my experience, a well-cut, timeless midi never lets you down and will work hard through the summer with sandals and well on into the winter with boots and layers. Certain dresses go the distance—and although I'd always encourage you to buy less and buy better—this is one area I continue to spend money on because of the frequency at which I wear all of my chosen dresses.
So I clearly don't need persuading to peruse this department, but right now there are enough new autumn dress trends to lure you away from jeans, trousers, skirts or jumpsuits if you're that way inclined. I'm here for every single one of the new season's lineup: Whether loose-fitting, smock-like and poufy (like a giant princess dress, only to be worn with flats and a glare) or slim-fitting and snug for a body-con moment (we're talking top-quality knits, not clingy jersey here), there's a dress for every mood and budget. Keep scrolling to see the five new autumn dress trends I'm investing in for 2019.