25 After-Party Dresses for Every Bridal Style

Keep the good times going!

Updated 01/17/19

Courtesy of Bershka

Your wedding is one of the most special days of your life. After months of planning, everything happens far too quickly from the rehearsal dinner to the ceremony and reception. In an instant, you’ve said "I do," been whisked around the dance floor, and clinked many a champagne flute with friends, only to realize the celebration is already over...but it’s not! That’s what the after-party is for, whether you’re planning to retreat to a hotel lounge, host friends at home, or take it to a dive bar (a fun and low-key way to give visiting guests a local feel for the area).

To keep the good times going, an after-party dress should feel equal parts special and stress-free, but it is an opportunity to show off your playful side—especially if you wore a classic or conservative wedding dress. If you’re of a mind to go glitzy, sequins are a spectacular choice, from multicolored palettes to gleaming gold and sparkling white. Shimmering mini-dresses are a natural choice for after hours, but for more of a fanciful touch, tiered or fringe skirts will feel oh so fun while midi dresses with fluted hems or A-line shapes will have movement but feel a touch more refined. Slip dresses are ideal for the minimalist bride or the perfect change of pace if you wore such a major gown for your ceremony and reception. From super simple ‘90s-style slips to silvery satin styles, this route is equal parts easy and elegant. For a bolder after-party moment, ‘80s-inspired dresses are a so-now look for fashion-forward brides whether you go for a metallic mini with puffy shoulders or a gleaming gold number with dramatic sleeves and shirred detailing.

The best part about shopping for an after-party dress this time of year is that stores are filled with party styles for the holiday season which means lots of sequins, glitter, and metallic fabrics to choose from. And if you need help rationalizing the spend, think about all the future fêtes you can wear a festive dress for, from the holiday party circuit to an anniversary dinner or birthday.

Ready to shop for an after-party dress? Ahead, scroll through 25 of our favorites from under-$100 options to splurge-worthy styles.

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Amen Sequin Mini Dress

Courtesy of Farfetch

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $38

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Bershka Sequined Mini Dress

Courtesy of Bershka

SHOP NOW: Bershka, $69.90

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Little Mistress Plus Sequin Velvet Contrast Wrap Front Midi Dress With Belt Detail

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $78

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Zara Sequin Dress

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $119

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Warehouse Satin Halter Midi Dress

Courtesy of Warehouse London

SHOP NOW: Warehouse London, $123

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Misguided Peace + Love Gold Metallic Fringe High Neck Midi Dress

Courtesy of Misguided

SHOP NOW: Misguided, $135

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Aidan Mattox Promenade Dress

Courtesy of BHLDN

SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $190

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Brides X Fame and Partners Straight Neckline Strappy Camisole

Courtesy of Fame and Partners

SHOP NOW: Fame and Partners, $159

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Adrianna Papell Multicolor Sequin Cocktail Dress With Ruffle Skirt

Courtesy of Adrianna Papell

SHOP NOW: Adrianna Papell, $219

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Metallic Shirred Bodycon Dress

Courtesy of BCBG

SHOP NOW: BCBG, $248

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Saylor Peggie Dress

Courtesy of Saylor NYC

SHOP NOW: Saylor NYC, $253

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ASOS EDITION Blouson One Shoulder Midi Dress In Holographic Sequin

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $276.50

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Dress the Population Roxy Sequined Flapper Dress

Courtesy of Bloomingdales

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdales, $320

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Nicole Miller Mermaid Sequin V-Neck Dress

Courtesy of Nicole Miller

SHOP NOW: Nicole Miller, $385

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BHLDN Goldie Dress

Courtesy of BHLDN

SHOP NOW: BHLDN, $400

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Olivia von Halle Issa Ivory Slip

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $445

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Fleur Du Mal Sheer Plunge Bias Slip

Courtesy of Fleur Du Mal

SHOP NOW: Fleur Du Mal, $478

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Rachel Zoe Della Fringe Metallic Dress

Courtesy of Rachel Zoe

SHOP NOW: Rachel Zoe, $495

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Amsale LW130

Courtesy of Amsale

SHOP NOW: Amsale, $495

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SAU LEE Bianca Sequined Midi Dress

Courtesy of Bloomingdales

SHOP NOW: Bloomingdales, $520

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Camilla and Marc Amaral Slip Dress

Courtesy of Camilla and Marc

SHOP NOW: Camilla and Marc, $599

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Alice + Olivia Contessa Dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $660

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Macgraw Ziggy Sequinned Dress

Courtesy of Farfetch

SHOP NOW: Farfetch, $779

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Aje Pellina Dress

Courtesy of Aje

SHOP NOW: Aje, $995

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Alexandra Grecco Lane Mini Dress

Courtesy of Alexandra Grecco

SHOP NOW: Alexandra Grecco, Price Upon Request

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