You’re engaged—congratulations! The first order of fashion business for every bride-to-be is without a doubt, the engagement party dress.
Marking your official foray into fiancé status, an engagement party is a pivotal time to honor you and your betrothed with your most cherished family and friends alongside—and you ought to have an exceptional dress to stand out on such a momentous occasion.
Jumping right into wedding gown selection may seem like the right move, but an engagement party dress can serve as the initial step toward finding your bridal style. Will you be a traditional bride? Maybe modern? Bohemian? Perhaps fashion forward? Countless options abound! But this choice of frock should be fun, festive and of course, impactful no matter which bridal road you venture down. Trust us, you’re going to have plenty of time to focus on that dress following your inaugural step towards matrimony and many a vision board, Pinterest page and magazine editorial exists to inspire you along the way.
If your engagement falls during Autumn, it’s an exceptional time of year to shop. The first of the fall collections are just beginning to drop in early September, and by November, holiday dresses begin flooding the market. This means you’re given ample choice of minis, midis and maxis to decipher between depending on your silhouette preference, and fresh trends to motivate a major wow moment.
This season, a range of striking trends are sure to befit any bride-to-be. Asymmetrical lines are chief from necklines and sleeves to hemlines to unexpected detailing. Moody fall florals make their mark from micro prints to vintage-inspired blossoms—the key here is opting for a modern shape to avoid an outdated look. Red is the resounding shade of the season in a jaunty palette from cherry to crimson to scarlet. We love this bold color choice as it’s flattering on every skin tone and timeless no matter what season you choose to wear it. If you tend toward safer dress selections, these leading styles are ideal for going beyond your comfort zone.
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Whether you’re looking to embrace fall’s trends or go full-throttle into bridal mode with a frothier spectrum of whites and creams, you’re sure to find an engagement dress that suits your aesthetic in our edit ahead.
With many a celebratory festivity on the docket now that you’re engaged (you still have the bridal shower, bachelorette party and rehearsal dinner to consider), we’re for going bold with one of these 37 dresses.