Cocktail Dresses: The LOOK Edit

Cocktail dresses are a staple come summer. With everything from weddings and engagement parties, to summer soirees and lavish meals out, the pretty occasion dress is a wardrobe necessity.

You know the drill. Summer is fast approaching, and the invites are already piling in. In the situation where you find yourself planning for two, three, or even four formal engagements, you know as well as we do that some pretty savvy shopping needs to be done in order to nail each party, without breaking the bank.

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That’s where the cocktail dress comes into play. Classic shapes and lengths can carry off any number of statement accessories to help change up the look, giving you more options if you want to wear the same dress on more than one occasion. A smart tailored blazer and patent flats will lend a sophisticated air to your cocktail frock, whereas a sheer longline shirt worn over the top of a beaded number will add instant minimal chic.

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You can always rely on the like of Coast (to die for occasion frocks) and French Connection (edgy soiree styling) for instant cocktail appeal, but there are also a multitude of other online retailers that are upping the formal dressing fashion stakes. Sites like Little Black Dress are becoming renowned for their glamourous yet affordable pieces. We’re in LOVE with the Little Black Dress ‘Audrey’ – a classic little number with ostrich feather trim, created in honour of the ultimate LBD muse Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast At Tiffany’s. If this doesn’t have jaws hitting the floor, then nothing will!

So whatever your date, shop our exclusive cocktail dress gallery for all the very best frocks to rock the room.