The Best Cocktail Dresses for 2017
Every woman needs a cocktail dress in her closet. That perfect semi-formal party dress she can throw on whenever an event or special occasion pops up! These versatile, short cocktail styles can be dressed up or down.
These pieces are about transforming from evening dress to relaxed party look with a quick styling adjustment. You can make them your own with personalized accessory choices. You can alter their mood with a variety makeup and hair looks.
For 2017, there is a wide selection of pretty cocktail dresses to choose from. Mixing in the newest dress trends, these pieces also have unique design at their core. They stand out as fashion-forward and fresh.
You’ll be ready for any party or event by having one of these dresses to slip on. It’s a wardrobe essential that you’ll always cherish. We’re looking at our top 5 favorite cocktail designs that include the latest trends for 2017.
The Best Cocktail Dresses for 2017
This sleeveless plunging white lace cocktail dress has a flattering fit and flare style. Falling just above the knee, its layered skirt is attention-grabbing. It has a sheer patterned lace overlay.
This fashion staple can be dressed up or down depending on the occasion. You can give it a casual overhaul by wearing a biker jacket over it. This casual spin transforms it into a low key summer outfit.
Dress it up with pretty blush pink accessories. Add a pink pair of fringe sandals and a clutch, then wear it to a wedding or summer party. Add a bracelet for some extra sparkle.
This sophisticated and sexy high-neck purple cocktail dress ticks so many boxes. The rich purple hue is the color of royalty and flatters so many different skin tones. The sparkling neckline means you don’t need to make a fuss about adding more jewels.
However, a pair of matching earrings will look great with this if you’re so inclined. All it needs is a pretty pair of heels to become the center of attention at any event. Don’t forget a matching manicure.
Give this dress a red carpet feel by adding loose curly hair, classic black heels and a black velvet clutch. Smoky dark eye makeup will give the outfit a further touch of glamour. It’s then styled perfected for a dinner party or night event.
Show off your figure in this body conscious lipstick toned jersey dress. This is the ultimate pick for any cocktail party. This sizzling dress features sexy and unique cut-outs that are covered in sheer material.
The design creates a striking pattern and subtly revealing a hint of skin. This halter-neck style is even more dramatic from behind. The back has even more daring panels and sheer fabric.
With a fitted skirt, this sexy cocktail dress makes you feel confident and stylish. We suggest pairing this style with a sparkly heels and a matching silver clutch. Add relaxed beachy waves that are swept to the side.
For makeup, try a matte pink lipstick shade in a natural color. Put the focus on the details of this cocktail dress and let the gorgeous color steal the show.
Prepare to sparkle – this black embellished cocktail dress will shimmer on the dance floor. Covered in detailed bead-work, this backless dress has a delicate sheer bodice that is fresh and modern. The skirt of this dress flares gently.
It creates a nice hourglass silhouette that’s naturally flattering for a whole host of body types. The skirt is covered in a subtle floral pattern. It adds the perfect finishing touch to this cocktail dress.
Glamorous and daring, this little black dress will look right at home at any party! Add sparkling metallic accessories and give it a classic twist with a vintage-inspired red lipstick. A matching bracelet or ring set will add more sparkle to this look.
Alternatively, keep it simple with natural makeup and a ballerina bun.
Attending an engagement party or baby shower? Look no further, this versatile cocktail dress has you covered. Another fit and flare beauty, this plunging dress is a stunning grey shade that will pair with so many different styling options.
With a belted waist and nude v-insert, this dress will complement your body shape. It will feel easy to wear no matter what your occasion. If you’re attending a garden party, a cute pair of sandals or flats is all you need to complete this look.
You can instantly dress it up with a pair of heels and some of your favorite jewels. The neutral color means you can add a splash of another shade such as a bright clutch. You’ll never get bored of wearing this effortless cocktail dress!
This timeless dress will always impress. You never know when you’ll be invited to a last minute event or unexpected party. Having this dress to wear will instantly make you feel like you’re meeting the dress code.
Combining nude and lace, this delicate cap sleeve short dress highlights the lace patterns that cover this dress. Simple and elegant, there’s no going wrong with this dress. The design also has another hot feature – a plunging back.
You can wear this with gold jewels and heels for a formal event, or add a jacket and flats for something more low key. The possibilities are endless and you’ll find so many events that this dress will fit the dress code for. It’s particularly great for summer events thanks to the white lace.
More Pretty Cocktail Dresses
These are just a few of our favorite short cocktail dresses – there are so many options out there. One big trend that’s huge at the moment is for two piece dresses. These feature crop tops that match a coordinating skirt.
We also recently took a look at how neutral dresses are a growing popular trend. If you’re looking for more inspiration, don’t miss our trend report on cut-out dresses, another huge current fashion movement. Read up to hear more of our great styling tips that’ll make this trend so much easier for you to style.
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