53 Fall Engagement Party Dresses We Love

The first order of fashion business for every bride-to-be? The engagement party dress

Updated 10/26/18

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

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 in 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 first step towards 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 fall collections have just dropped and by November, holiday dresses begin flooding the market. This means you’re given ample choice of minis, midis, and maxis to decipher between and fresh trends to motivate a major wow moment.

This season, a range of striking trends are sure to befit any bride-to-be. Voluminous sleeves are chief from ‘80s styles to Victorian inspired. 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make their mark from micro prints to vintage-inspired blossoms—the key here is opting for a modern shape to avoid an outdated look. Yellow is the resounding shade of the season in a jaunty palette from Chartreuse to marigold. We love this bold color choice as it’s flattering on myriad skin tones and a bold way to stand out as a bride to be. If you tend toward timeless dresses, these leading styles are fun for pushing you beyond your comfort zone.

Whether you’re looking to embrace fall trends or go full-throttle into bridal mode with a white or cream dress, 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 53 dresses.

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Simply Vera Vera Wang Abstract High-Low Sheath Dress

Courtesy of Simply Vera Vera Wang

SHOP NOW: Khol's, was $58, now $23.20

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Forever 21 Polka Dot Open-Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Forever 21

SHOP NOW: Forever 21, was $65, now $45.50

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Boohoo Twist Detail Skater Dress in Navy

Courtesy of Boohoo

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $35

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Spenser Jeremy Floral Print Mesh Midi Dress

Courtesy of Spenser Jeremy

SHOP NOW: Target, $39.99

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PrettyLittleThing Velvet Wrap Midi Dress in Pink

Courtesy of PrettyLittleThing

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $40

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LC Lauren Conrad Floral Smocked Midi Dress

Courtesy of LC Lauren Conrad

SHOP NOW: Khol's, $44.99

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ASOS DESIGN Knot Front Mini Shift Dress With Long Sleeves

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $48

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ASOS DESIGN Flutter Sleeve Mini Dress With Pleat Skirt

Courtesy of ASOS

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $51

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Zara Printed Jacquard Dress

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $69.90

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Lane Bryant One-Sleeve Asymmetrical Hem Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Lane Bryant

SHOP NOW: Lane Bryant, $69.95

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Oasis Floral Vine Blouse Dress

Courtesy of Oasis

SHOP NOW: Oasis, $72

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Torrid Purple Illusion Neck Swing Dress

Courtesy of Torrid

SHOP NOW: Torrid, $74.90

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Topshop Scribble Mix and Match Dress

Courtesy of Topshop

SHOP NOW: Topshop, $75

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Vesper Ruched Sleeve Asymmetric Hem Tuxedo Dress in Green

Courtesy of Vesper

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $76

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LOFT Plus Smocked Cuff Dress

Courtesy of LOFT

SHOP NOW: LOFT, $79.50

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Lovedrobe High Neck Swing Dress in Contrast Navy

Courtesy of Lovedrobe

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $95

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Maeve Gardenia Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Maeve

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $198

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Courtesy of H&M

H&M Lace Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $99

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& Other Stories Jacquard Empire Midi Dress

Courtesy of & Other Stories

SHOP NOW: & Other Stories, $99

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Mango Flowy Knotted Dress

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, $99.99

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Warehouse Colour Block Twist Dress

Courtesy of Warehouse

SHOP NOW: Warehouse, $105

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Eloquii Puff Sleeve Bodycon Dress

Courtesy of Eloquii

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $110.90

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Babaton Maxwell Dress

Courtesy of Babaton

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $138

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Banana Republic Lace Paneled Sheath Dress

Courtesy of Banana Republic

SHOP NOW: Banana Republic, $139

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Ann Taylor Ruffle Sleeve Flare Dress

Courtesy of Ann Taylor

SHOP NOW: Ann Taylor, $139

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Massimo Dutti Dress With Front Knot

Courtesy of Massimo Dutti

SHOP NOW: Massimo Dutti, $160

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Wilfred Tilda Dress

Courtesy of Wilfred

SHOP NOW: Aritzia, $178

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Rouje Rosalie Dress

Courtesy of Rouje

SHOP NOW: Rouje, $195

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Dress The Population Anna Crochet Lace Sheath Dress

Courtesy of Dress The Population

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $198

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Gal Meets Glam Collection Chloe Floral Border Print A-Line Dress

Courtesy of Gal Meets Glam

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $210

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Reformation Zelda Dress

Courtesy of Reformation

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $218

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MICHAEL Michael Kors Velvet Devoré Dress

Courtesy of MICHAEL Michael Kors

SHOP NOW: Michael Kors, $225

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Club Monaco Tamila Sweater Dress

Courtesy of Club Monaco

SHOP NOW: Club Monaco, $228

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Donna Morgan Daisy Lace Dress

Courtesy of Donna Morgan

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $228

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Yumi Kim Fairytale Lace Dress

Courtesy of Yumi Kim

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $258

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Saylor Reine Dress

Courtesy of Saylor

SHOP NOW: Saylor, $264

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Byron Lars Garden Party Embroidered Dress

Courtesy of Byron Lars

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $278

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J.Crew Collection Velvet Wrap Dress

Courtesy of J. Crew

SHOP NOW: J. Crew, $298

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Floral Velvet Burnout Wrap Dress

Courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIA

SHOP NOW: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $338

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Black Halo Hadley Mini Dress

Courtesy of Black Halo

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $345

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Kate Spade New York Meadow Smock Waist Dress

Courtesy of Kate Spade New York

SHOP NOW: Kate Spade, $348

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Whistles Digital Bloom Bella Dress

Courtesy of Whistles

SHOP NOW: Whistles, $359

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Allen Schwartz Roksana Midi Dress

Courtesy of Allen Schwartz

SHOP NOW: Allen Schwartz, $375

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Maje Print Asymmetric Dress With Draping

Courtesy of Maje

SHOP NOW: Maje, $395

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Self-Portrait Floral Crêpe Midi Dress

Courtesy of Self-Portrait

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, $405

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A.L.C. Marin Dress

Courtesy of A.L.C.

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $425

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Cinq a Sept Fontaine Dress

Courtesy of Cinq a Sept

SHOP NOW: Cinq a Sept, $465

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Sandro Long Floral Print Dress

Courtesy of Sandro

SHOP NOW: Sandro, $500

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ML Monique Lhuillier Palais Velvet Dress

Courtesy of ML Monique Lhuillier

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $595

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Diane Von Furstenberg Ani Puff Sleeve Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

SHOP NOW: Diane Von Furstenberg, $568

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Shoshanna Feona Lace Dress

Courtesy of Shoshanna

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $600

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Rebecca Taylor Tilda Floral Silk V-Neck Dress

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $695

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Tory Burch Hunter Dress

Courtesy of Tory Burch

SHOP NOW: Tory Burch, $998

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