With every season of the year, it's finally time to start searching for the best party dresses to see you through the many nights out, festivals, and garden gatherings. And here at Cosmo, we're already gearing up for a spot of evening-wear shopping – because it's never too early to get into the festive spirit, ppl.
Although, it's worth remembering that you don't have to go clubbing to wear a fabulous outfit; after years of WFH in tracksuits, we'd happily wear stylish dresses everywhere from the corner shop to the pub. Just try and stop us. There's a wide selection in this edit (elegant minis, embellished, silk, satin, and velvet designs) but also many versatile pieces too; there's nothing better for your purse strings, or the planet, than a dress you can re-purpose endlessly post-event.
Want to go for a more sophisticated look? Try this season's bow trend, or anything with delicate feather details. Planning for evening drinks? Consider a mesh-panelled dress or an LBD elevated with jewelry. If you've got a restaurant date, try a formal look toned down with flats, or simply throw a blazer over the top (slip dresses are great for this high-low styling). Dressing up to stay in? Opt for a luxe maxi dress paired with comfy slides and elevated with jewelry. Finally, for day parties with pals, feel free to go all out with a statement dress – just pair it with trainers or streetwear-inspired accessories, and you're all set.
Reiss Eva Sequin Cape One Shoulder Mini Dress
Reiss' party dress is giving Studio 54 vibes and we are SO here for it. The one shoulder detail, cape-style sleeve and silver micro sequins are ticking all our boxes. Oh, and it's currently on sale for under a $100. Run don't walk, ladies.
Karen Millen Disc Sequin Strappy Woven Midi Dress
Thanks to the new Little Mermaid film, #mermaidcore is the trend of the summer. We'll be channelling our inner Ariel in this amazing party dress from Karen Millen. Just look at those ombré sequins and that hella flattering midi silhouette!
Sister Jane Sofie Spot Tulle Mini Dress
Defined by its baby-doll silhouettes, tulle overlays and appliqué detailing, Sister Jane is a go-to for partywear every season. The ruffles and sequin straps on this lil number make it perfect for special events, but you can always style it with Converse to create a more casual lewk.
River Island Silver Check Sequin Bodycon Mini Dress
This sequin party dress from River Island is an absolute no-brainer – simply chuck on this mini with a pair of heels and you're ready for the dance floor. Not into the lilac hues? This style is also available in red/pink and black/white combos.
Arket Sequin Strap Dress
Party dresses don't always have to be loud. We love Arket's subtle approach to a sequin look with this halterneck mini dress. Showcase that gorge neckline with a sleek ponytail this summer.
Norma Kamali Walter Off-the-shoulder Ruched Neon Stretch-mesh Mini Dress
It's safe to say, neon is going nowhere this summer – fluoro hues are all over the high street and runways atm. Cut from beautifully ruched mesh and lined in a comfy stretch jersey, Norma Kamali's off-the-shoulder party dress is not only a fashion statement, it's also comfy AF.
Staud Etta Feather-trim Stretch-knit Mini Dress
It wouldn't be a party dress edit without a few feathered lewks, are we right? Staud's hawt-pink mini is crafted from a clever stretch-knit jersey that hugs you in all the right places – the bodycon fit is totally back in for 2023, just google Hailey Bieber if you don't believe us.
AllSaints Mila Lace Panelled Frill Trim Maxi Dress
If you're over skin-tight bodycon party looks, AllSaints' stunning lace dress might be more up your street. We love how the sheer panels offer coverage while still letting you showcase some skin.
Maeve Tiered Strapless Tulle Dress
Strapless dresses are having a serious resurgence for spring/summer, and we're not mad about it. Maeve's ruffled tulle style is bound to get you noticed at parties this summer: just look at the pretty pearl beading and that statement velvet belt. Yes and yes.