Have a few cocktail parties or events on your calendar this summer? Everyone loves to take a break from their busy lives and get together with friends and celebrate. But as soon as you put something on your schedule, the first question that pops up is usually “What the heck am I gonna wear?” A cute party dress is a must-have for so many events, whether it is a more formal company party, a casual summer party, or a party on campus. You can create the perfect look for any event with a dress with almost no effort just by matching it with the right shoes and accessories. Here is a roundup of some of my favorite party dresses I’ve seen online recently:
#1 Company Party or Networking Event:
For a company party or a networking event, a simple and elegant dress like the one pictured is the perfect dress to wear. Although these types of company events are supposed to be ‘fun’, we all know there is an element of work to them. You can’t let your guard down or go wild with the boss around!Your behavior at the company party should be fun and social, but you also want to make a good impression with your professionalism. The same can be said for your style. You can’t go wrong with a simple and classic sheath dress with a flattering cut and lovely details. Such a charming dress will give the right fun yet classy vibe which will perfectly suit the atmosphere. Even though it is a company ‘party’, plunging necklines and super short hemlines are a definite no-no! Remember that the impression you give off at the party can transition over into Monday morning as well- and you don’t want to be the subject of office gossip or cause your bosses to question your judgement. If alcohol is being served, it’s best to limit yourself to one or two drinks so that you’re confident and in control. Keeping your style- and behavior- classy and sophisticated will win the hearts of everyone present.
Side note: Kate Middleton wore a similar style when meeting President Obama and it sold out within hours:
Kate Middleton is always the epitome of classy and elegant style, so it’s no surprise stores were eager to create their own similar looks for less such as this one here.
#2 Semi-Formal Party:
Semi-formal parties and dances are those tricky events that are right in between casual and dressy. I’m talking about college semi-formal, homecoming dances, semi-formal weddings, etc. You’re looking for something that is a step up from a dress you would wear to your typical weekend party, but you don’t want to be the girl who shows up in a full length prom dress either! Go for a shorter dress that has some embellishments, beading, or lace to dress it up a bit. Try pairing it with heels, a clutch, and some delicate jewelry to complete the look. This pretty pale blue dress has mirrored embellishments on the straps and at the waist. The short flowy cut is perfect to dance the night away in! Get this look on sale for just $35 online right now! Their site has a whole page of cute party dresses, so you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for
#3 Casual Summer Party:
Every weekend in the summer it seems like I have some party or event planned. From casual backyard barbecues to nights out with friends, I’m always in need of something to wear! You can never have too many cute and casual summer dresses to throw on and easily look like a million bucks in no time! A classic A-line sundress is a wardrobe staple that flatters every woman. Or opt for a laid-back maxi with a flowy cut and floral print. Both options can take you from the summer boardwalk to a friend’s party in no time. If you’re needing some more inspiration on summer party dresses, you can find it here.
#4 Bachelorette Party:
You’re bachelorette party is a great time to get your group of girlfriends together for one last wild night out before your big day! One of the trends I’ve been seeing over the past few years is ladies wearing white or off white dresses to their bachelorette parties. This is a great way to wear the wedding dress color in a more fun and casual way in order to get in the wedding mood! A white lace dress is perfect to pair with nude heels for a night out at the bars and clubs in Las Vegas. You could also wear it to a more casual dinner out with friends during a spa weekend or bachelorette trip. This dress can be found amongst a whole page of bachelorette party dresses all in shades of white, ivory, and off white. That makes it super easy to find just what you’re looking for!
#5 New Years Eve Party:
When midnight rolls around on December 31, you’ll want to have a group of friends, your date by your side, and a drink in your hand! What else could you possibly need for NYE? Oh, that’s right! A gorgeous party dress perfect for the occasion. New Years Eve parties are all about glitz and glamour. This is a time when you can really bust out of your shell and don all the bling, sequins, beads, and embellishments your heart desires without looking crazy. A beaded cocktail party dress is the perfect option for such an occasion. We love this little champagne colored dress covered with beads and sequins. The light gold/champagne color will stand out in the crowd of basic black and dark dresses. Pair it with delicate jewelry and a clutch and you’ll stand out in the crowd! Shop this look here.
Whether it is a professional event like an office party, a more casual one like a summer party, or a bit wilder one like a bachelorette party, there isn’t a party you can’t wear a dress to. Dresses are like that friend who always has your back who you can turn to at any time. No matter the occasion, dresses will always be your answer to the question “what should I wear?” I hope this guide helps you choose the right dress to wear for your specific event! Let me know in the comments what upcoming parties you are buying dresses for?