Finding the perfect little white dress for your engagement party can be surprisingly hard. Of course, there's no rule that a bride needs to wear white to pre-wedding events, but it can be a nice option. If you go the white route and your engagement party is an evening event, you probably don't want to wear something that looks too much like a full-on wedding gown, and a white sundress may not be the right look either. Enter the little white cocktail dress.
If your wedding already has a specific theme or tone, it could be fun to match your engagement party dress to that. Think about a flapper dress in the lead-up to your Great Gatsby-themed wedding or something more structured if you're getting married in a super-modern space. That said, you may want to ensure your engagement-party dress doesn't look too much like your wedding gown—so if your dress on the big day has long lace sleeves, perhaps avoid wearing that same look for pre-wedding events.
The main thing to remember about an engagement party is that people are excited to see you and celebrate you. So what matters most is that you feel confident in what you're wearing and that you're able to move around comfortably to chat with guests (and of course show off that engagement ring). To that purpose, we've rounded up some options in every style. Cutouts? Strapless? Deep V? One shoulder? Off the shoulder? We've got it all. Check out 13 white cocktail dresses below.
Astr Madeline dress, $120
Likely Helena dress, $178
Keepsake Daydream lace minidress, $260
Alice + Olivia "Melina" one-shouldered dress, $265
$265, Alice + Olivia
Stylestalker "Osseo" cutout dress, $179
Dress the Population "Emery" midi dress, $258
Lulus "Aerial View" maxi dress, $64
Modcloth "Elegant Evolution" ivory A-line dress, $175
Kimchi Blue ponte dress, $59
$59, Urban Outfitters
Halston Heritage silk-faille dress, $395
$395, Saks Fifth Avenue
Badgley Mischka beaded-sleeved cocktail dress, $575
$575, Badgley Mischka
Lulus "Top Ranking" midi dress, $49
BCBGeneration lace-trimmed fit-and-flare dress, $118
$118, Lord & Taylor