This fall, be sure to stylize right with long, flowing dresses. Styles include asymmetrical off-shoulder tops, layered silk skirts with floor-reaching hems, cap sleeves and print patterns inspired by abstract paintings. The following is a guide to great long dresses for the fall.
For an elegant evening gown, consider the David Meister Asymmetrical Off-Shoulder Gown with the slightly askew, cowlneck line and asymmetrical silhouette. The gown comes in classic black in a blend of polyester and spandex fabric. This dress requires dry clean care.
A similar style is the Tadashi Shoji Plus Off-Shoulder Mesh Gown in asymmetrical v-neck, short sleeves that stop just above the elbow, and pleated bodice. This dress is made from a blend of nylon and spandex fabrics and comes in classic black. This item requires dry clean care.
For an elegant flow, consider the Aqua Long Chiffon One-Shoulder Dress with its ruffled neckline and pleated fabric of polyester silk. A nice pair of open toe high heels completes the look. This polyester dress requires dry clean care.
For a dramatic look, consider the Printed Halter Maxi Dress by Alice + Olivia. It includes a plunge neck v-line halter top and a long skirt that widens as it reaches the floor. The jersey fabric’s print pattern includes bold paint strokes in black, red and purple. This polyester and spandex blend fabric requires dry clean care.
If you’re looking for similar painting-inspired print fabrics, try the Ikat Sunset Maxi Dress from Three Dots. This dress is more casual in style with its tank top cut, scoop neckline, and black waist belt that ties around the hip. The print pattern is multicolored in blue, red, orange and yellow with black trimming.
The alternate to paint stroke drama is the leopard print. Consider Jean Paul Gaultier’s Leopard Print Tulle Maxi Dress with a hem that drops down just above the ankle. This fitted dress covers the shoulders, is sleeveless and has a circular neckline. The leopard print pattern is on soft, fine tulle and polyamide blend fabric in brown and black colors.
In continuation with the leopard print, Rebecca Taylor’s collection offers the Fuzzy Leopard Maxi Dress in heather gray jersey. The dress has a low-cut halter top neckline with straps that tie behind the neck and behind the dress. The bodice is a triangular cut. The pleated skirt falls down just above the feet from an empire style waist.
For a purer look, Diane von Furstenberg offers the Ethyl Long Wrap Maxi Dress. This drape-style dress has abstract print pattern in light blue, cream, gray and orange on crepe de chine silk. The dress has a surplice neckline that drapes from the two shoulders and wraps down to create a falling skirt that reaches the foot.
For a stylish and sophisticated look, Donna Karan offers the Cap-Sleeve Gown in black jersey fabric with a plunge v-neckline and cap sleeves. The extra detail on the shoulders adds glamour to the overall silhouette. This gorgeous evening gown comes in black viscose, rayon and spandex blend fabric. The skirt hem reaches the floor and produces a slight train effect.
For a pure white dress, consider Zac Posen’s Cap-Sleeve Mermaid Gown, which was featured at the Pre-Fall 2011 show. This foam white dress is made from georgette fabric. The top cut has a square neckline. It includes a corset seam along the torso and fits through the hip. The mermaid style skirt flows out from the godet insert. The look can be completed with furs.
For added protection in the chillier fall weather, consider the Spiral-Striped Long Dress from Proenza Schouler. It has a round neckline with long sleeves, zig-zag seams and a dropped waist. The skirt is in an A-line and falls down to the mid-calf range. This silk dress has multicolor print patterns on a blue backdrop in spiral-print stripes. This dress was featured in the Pre-Fall 2011 collection.
If you're looking to match the fall color, consider the Jersey Tie-Neck Dress from Chloe. This viscose jersey dress comes in pumpkin orange. The plunge v-neckline is covered by the long tie. This dress includes bishop long sleeves for added weather protection and the skirt flows down in an A-line with a slight clinch at the waist. The hem reaches just past the knees.