Summer is here! And we’re certain a number of soirées are already on your agenda. If you recently became engaged, congratulations! The sunny season is an exciting time to host an engagement party whether you opt for an alfresco affair at sunset, a dinner at your favorite restaurant or an intimate cocktail party at your home. Of course, you’ll need an exquisite engagement party dress for the occasion and what better time to shop than the warm-weather season? It’s basically dedicated to dresses.
In summer, your engagement party dress should feel elegant but easy (you know what they say about the living this time of year), something overly formal just wouldn’t feel right in the heat. Depending on your silhouette of choice, flowing midi dresses, cute but comfortable minis, and body-skimming slip dresses are a great place to start. If you’re drawn to fashion-forward details, one-shoulder necklines, puffy sleeves, ruffle accents, and asymmetrical hems are of-the-moment and will guarantee a stand out moment. If you’re feeling something simpler or more classic for your engagement party dress, delicate lace, a wrap silhouette or a feminine tiered skirt is simply gorgeous.
In terms of color, you’ll likely feel drawn to something in bridal white right off the bat (you’re about to be a bride, why not go full theme?!) but also consider pretty pastels, bright colors or eye-catching prints—you’ll have plenty of occasions throughout your bridal journey to rock something white if you’re finding yourself in a more vivid mood for your engagement party. As a happy medium, you can go for a white dress with a floral print or pattern that offers a subtle pop.
Whether you’re looking to embrace summer’s leading trends or go full-throttle into bridal mode with a white or cream frock, you’re sure to find an engagement dress that suits your aesthetic in our edit of summer styles ahead—many options ringing in at under $100!
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