Evening Dress ObsessionFrom opulent to elegant, we’ve gathered our favorite dresses for every personality.
The RomancerThe romantic woman holds her head higher than her heels, keeping her date mesmerized with every twirl of her dress. Sultry and flattering, a charming dress’ key ingredient is its figure-fitting silhouette. St. John’s ‘Liquid’ satin gown features a smartly shaped style to accentuate curves and class that we can’t shake.
For another sophisticated cold shoulder look, Givenchy’s side-swept ruched gown fantastically sculpts any feminine figure. For added elegance, an asymmetrical ruffle softly cascades down the dresses’ silhouette of the leg-flashing front slit. Similar in concept, ABS by Allen Schwartz’s dark teal gown features a trendy off-the-shoulder look with sweeping waves. Oo la love!
Liquid Satin Gown at St. John, $1,137
One-Shoulder Crepe Jersey Gown at Givenchy, $2,995
ABS by Allen Schwartz Ruffle Trim Gown at Bloomingdale’s, $425
The StarletDo you swoon over Old Hollywood, love classic romances, and keep a red lipstick on hand at all times? Glimmering gowns are made for the woman who loves the allure of the limelight. Halston Heritage takes a subtle approach to stardom, while Armani Collezioni’s strapless column gown adds just a dash of opulent beading to its chic bodice. For the ultimate award-winning look, we adore Vera Wang’s black and gold metallic dress. Expect dreamy gazes, potential applause, and unparalleled confidence as you gracefully strut into the spotlight—you deserve it.
Halston Heritage Metallic Gown at Nordstrom, $495
Armani Collezioni Strapless Column Gown at Bloomingdale’s, $2,295
Vera Wang Metallic Fit & Flare Gown at Nordstrom, $358
Garden Party GalBe the life of the garden party… or gala. Fancy silhouettes and blooming motifs aren’t just for the spring season. Designers are tapping into their green thumbs to cultivate stunning ball gowns made to impress. When looking for a floral fall evening gown, deep merlot hues will you carry you through the season. Elevate your sweetness to sophistication by opting for dreamy dark colors.
Carmen Marc Valvo One-Shoulder Gown at Bloomingdale’s, $398
Dress the Population ‘Vivienne’ Gown at Nordstrom, $308
Jovani Embellished Tulle Ball Gown at Nordstrom, $718
‘West Village’ Gown at Philipp Plein, $2,165
The SuperwomanEmbolden confidence in everyone around you and rule the world with your poise. BCBG’s Jamey Cape Gown is fit for a leading lady who isn’t afraid to stand out. The midnight purple dress is a perfect gem-colored hue for winter. Its on-trend cape and skin-baring open back will make you feel like a glam goddess.
For the bold women who treat fashion like an indestructible suit of armor, Diane von Furstenberg will endow you with the power to turn any head in the room. DVF’s Ariel Armour Wrap Gown is beaded from top to bottom with more luster than the stars in the sky.
Jamey Cape Gown at BCBG, $369
Ariel Armour Wrap Dress at DVF, $2,200
The ‘Gala’-vanterHigh society life can keep women on their toes. Accompany your favorite heels with a dress fit for the Met Gala. Carolina Herrera, the queen of haute ball gowns, knows how to flatter the female form like no other. This pleated dress is accentuated with an oversized, waist-defining bow and delightful flounce. Alexander McQueen’s audacious poppy red gown is also a vivacious yet chic option for any party. Keep the champagne flowing and your confidence high in these works of art.
Carolina Herrera Bow Detail Strapless Silk Faille Gown at Nordstrom, $3,990
Alexander McQueen Off the Shoulder Leaf Crepe Gown at Nordstrom, $3,175
Badgley Mischka Embellished Bodice Strapless Gown at Nordstrom, $3,995
AQUA Lace Bodice Gown at Bloomingdale’s, $265
The BombshellCue the dramatic entrance. Herve Leger is a master of charm. Flashy eyelet embellishments and fun fringe trim elevate the brand’s signature bandage dress to all new levels. Wear this show-stopping maroon gown with a dolled up high bun to reveal its sweeping, low-cut back.
Herve Leger isn’t the only designer with formfitting flare. Tadashi Shoji’s dainty take on the bandage dress is sexy yet conservative, while Bariano’s unique take on the sweetheart top is flirtatiously fashion forward.
Farrah Eyelet Fringe Gown at Herve Leger, $3,290
Tadashi Shoji Boat Neck Pintuck Gown at Bloomingdale’s, $428
Bariano Francesca Strappy Bustier Gown at Bloomingdale’s, $198
The Classic Conservative The classic conservative evening dress—every woman should have one. Regal high necklines and polished glamor never go out of style. Whether strutting through wedding season or twirling through a VIP fete, a graceful gown doesn’t have to be conventional to be classy. Dress up the traditional evening dress with scintillating crystals like this Ted Baker beauty. If bedazzling isn’t your fancy, choose the road less traveled with Reiss’ inimitable ombré fabric.
Jazzmyn Embellished Open Back Maxi Dress at Ted Baker, $849
Reiss ‘Hawk’ Ombré Pleated Gown at Bloomingdale’s, $555
Lovely in Long SleevesWe love a good banquet but can’t deny that sometimes the hottest parties are a bit, well, chilly. Strapless dresses and leg slits are all good fun until the temperature drops in the winter. Instead of lugging a jacket to the festivities, why not dress for warmth in the chicest way possible?
Unconventional long-sleeved dresses make for interesting statement pieces. Light enough for the Miami weather, Emilio Pucci’s silk chiffon dress is vibrant in a soft yellow fit for the Sunshine State. A flowing slit skirt complements the dress’ more fitted bodice. For warmer wear, cozy up in one of M Missoni’s iconic knit maxis.
Long Dress at Emilio Pucci, $2,016
Lurex Ripple Knit Dress at M Missoni; Price available upon request
The Haute High-LowCan’t decide between a cocktail dress or ball gown for your next big affair? Voluminous high/low skirts let you have the best of both worlds. Fitted bodices and dimensional skirts are a romantic, novel way to make a grand entrance.
Adrianna Papell High/Low Taffeta Gown at Bloomingdale’s, $252
JS Collection High Low Gown at Bloomingdale’s, $346