With the increasingly warm weather of spring and summer comes a sizable spike in our social calendars—party (dress) season is officially upon us.
Not only are we making our way into the festive period, full of end of year soirees and Christmas parties, but we’re also navigating the wedding season rush that typically spans from October to March.
After months spent hibernating from the cold and sticking to a stylish rotation of jeans, trench coats and boots, ditching our layers for a party dress or three is enthusiastically welcomed.
It’s not always easy however, finding the perfect party or cocktail dress—particularly if you do, in fact, have three or more events to shop for.
So, we’ve done the hard work for you to find some of the best party and cocktail dresses of the season, that will not only make you the best-dressed partygoer, but have the potential for re-wear and longevity in your wardrobe.
What Is Cocktail Dress?
When it comes to a cocktail dress code, the rules are relatively broad. Short, midi and maxi dress, matching sets and jumpsuits are all acceptable. Think chic and polished, dressier than your everyday attire but not quite black-tie glamour.
The Best Party & Cocktail Dresses This Season
Christopher Esber Distorted Quartz Split Tank Dress, $745 at THE ICONIC
Gretta Bow Back Mini Dress, $455 at Aje
By Johnny. Johnny Feather Mini, $266 at THE ICONIC
Cosmic Zodiac Doily Mini, $2,750 at Zimmermann
Micro Weave Off Shoulder Dress, $699 at Manning Cartell
L’IDEE Renaissance Split Gown, $359 at THE ICONIC
Taylor Sequin Low Back Maxi Dress, $899 at LEO LIN
Atmos&Here Fritzi One Shoulder Midi Dress, $99.99 at THE ICONIC
Embroidered Crepe Couture Dress, $8,500 at Valentino
Shona Joy Luxe Twist Front Halter Midi Dress, $295 at THE ICONIC
Mach & Mach Crystal Bow Cut-Out Dress, $1,238 at FARFETCH
04 Diamond Dress, $768 at Paris Georgia
Eco Green Nature Print Cassandre Mini Dress, $189.95 at Guess