38 Summer Engagement Party Dresses

From playful prints to cheerful hues and, of course, bridal white

Updated 07/11/18

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

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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Who What Wear Plus Size Floral Print One Shoulder Ruffle Midi Dress

Courtesy of Who What Wear

SHOP NOW: Target, $34.99

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Forever 21 Plus Size Paisley Print Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Forever 21

SHOP NOW: Forever 21, $38

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NEEDLEWORK Floral Strappy Dress

Courtesy of NEEDLEWORK

SHOP NOW: Target, $39.99

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Zara Ruffled Tube Dress

Courtesy of Zara

SHOP NOW: Zara, $45.90

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Courtesy of H&M

H&M Jacquard-weave Dress

SHOP NOW: H&M, $59.99

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Express Floral Empire Waist Crinkle Midi Dress

Courtesy of Express

SHOP NOW: Express, was $88, now $52.80

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Storets Tiany Smocked Mini Dress

Courtesy of Storets

SHOP NOW: Storets, $64

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Mango Print Bow Dress

Courtesy of Mango

SHOP NOW: Mango, $79.99

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Missguided Tiered One Shoulder Midi Dress

Courtesy of Missguided

SHOP NOW: ASOS, $87

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Torrid Special Occasion White Floral Chiffon Dress

Courtesy of Torrid

SHOP NOW: Torrid, $88.90

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Lane Bryant Sleeveless Lace Fit & Flare Dress

Courtesy of Lane Bryant

SHOP NOW: Lane Bryant, $89.95

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Wayf Chelsea Tiered Ruffle Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Wayf

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $99

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Massimo Dutti Striped Dress With Pleated Hem

Courtesy of Massimo Dutti

SHOP NOW: Massimo Dutti, $120

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Topshop Twist Front Floral Mini Dress

Courtesy of Topshop

SHOP NOW: Topshop, $125

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Banana Republic Floral Fit-and-Flare Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Banana Republic

SHOP NOW: Banana Republic, $128

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& Other Stories Ribbon Lace Empire Dress

Courtesy of & Other Stories

SHOP NOW: & Other Stories, $129

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Nightwalker The Georgina Dress

Courtesy of Nightwalker

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $130

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Eloquii Burnout Chiffon Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Eloquii

SHOP NOW: Eloquii, $149.90

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Ann Taylor Capri Garden V-Neck Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Ann Taylor

SHOP NOW: Ann Taylor, $159

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Eliza j Floral Ruffle Trim Chiffon Halter Maxi Dress

Courtesy of Eliza J

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $178

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Sézane Louison Ruffle One-Shoulder Shift Dress

Courtesy of Sézane

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $185

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Anthropologie Linen Gingham Off-The-Shoulder Dress

Courtesy of Anthropologie

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $188

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Gal Meets Glam Collection Ethel Off the Shoulder Sheath Dress

Courtesy of Gal Meets Glam

SHOP NOW: Nordstrom, $188

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Reformation Prairie Dress

Courtesy of Reformation

SHOP NOW: Reformation, $218

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Yumi Kim Darby Wrap Dress

Courtesy of Yumi Kim

SHOP NOW: Anthropologie, $248

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Club Monaco Wollstan Lace Dress

Courtesy of Club Monaco

SHOP NOW: Club Monaco, was $268, now $149

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Staud Langdon Dress Red

Courtesy of Staud

SHOP NOW: Staud, $285

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BCBGMAXAZRIA Cold-Shoulder Eyelet Midi Dress

Courtesy of BCBGMAXAZRIA

SHOP NOW: BCBGMAXAZRIA, $298

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Diane Von Furstenberg New Savilla Dress

Courtesy of Diane Von Furstenberg

SHOP NOW: Diane Von Furstenberg, $298

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Whistles Salome Lenno Print Dress

Courtesy of Whistles

SHOP NOW: Whistles, $379

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Self-Portrait Graphic Floral Printed Midi Dress

Courtesy of Self-Portrait

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $460

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Jacquemus Coracoa Minidress

Courtesy of Jacquemus

SHOP NOW: My Theresa, was $920, now $460

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Ulla Johnson Uma Dress

Courtesy of Ulla Johnson

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $495

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Mara Hoffman Salome Dress

Courtesy of Mara Hoffman

SHOP NOW: Mara Hoffman, $525

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Fleur du Mal Handkerchief Dress

Courtesy of Fleur du Mal

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $545

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Nicholas Blue Rose Flare Midi Dress

Courtesy of Nicholas

SHOP NOW: Shopbop, $595

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Rebecca Taylor Adriana Embroidered Dress

Courtesy of Rebecca Taylor

SHOP NOW: Rebecca Taylor, $595

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Amur Laura Dress

Courtesy of Amur

SHOP NOW: Revolve, $598

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