1. BEWITCHING FLORALS

Thanks to a darker palate and demure silhouettes, this moment’s floral frocks are more moody than precious and work for a variety of social engagements, day or night. Erdem, Prabal Gurung, Proenza Schouler, and Zac Posen all have standout options.

PRABAL GURUNG Floral Velvet Devoré Dress
PROENZA SCHOULDER Cutout-Waist Floral Sleeveless Dress / ZAC POSEN Embroidered Silk Organza Flared Dress / ERDEM Annaliese Silk Gown

2. JEWEL-TONE VELVET

Donning a luscious velvet frock is an easy way to slip into a season enjoyed by equal parts coziness and opulence. Rich jewel tones like amethyst, emerald, and lapis elevate the plush fabrication, and beautifully-designed draping adds a touch of old-world glamour.

MASSCOB Plissé Velvet Wrap Dress
JUAN CARLOS OBANDO Asymmetric Velvet Cowl-Neck Dress / AZEEZA Wagner Velvet Wrap Dress / PRABAL GURUNG Devoré Velvet Long-Sleeve Dress

3. SLIP DRESSING

The slip dress continues to veer more ‘90s minimal than frilly boudoir. Delicate straps and a simple neckline invite the addition of a sharp, tailored jacket and unique accessories, like chokers or earrings.

BARNEYS NEW YORK Silk-Blend Lamé Sleeveless Gown
JUAN CARLOS OBANDO Asymmetric Velvet Cowl-Neck Dress / THE ROW Guinevere Silk Slipdress / NILI LOTAN Sasha Velvet Maxi Slipdress

4. PRETTY TULLE

Tulle proves itself to be a playful, danceable option for parties—especially when paired with edgy accessories. We also love that it creates a sense of volume sans weight for all that planned moving and shaking between cocktails.

PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Tiered-Mesh Strapless Minidress
ALICE ARCHER Evelyn Embroidered Silk Dress / PHILOSOPHY DI LORENZO SERAFINI Swiss Dot Tulle Midi-Dress / MONIQUE LHUILLIER Tulle & Lace A-Line Dress

5. METALLIC LAMÉ

This season liquid-looking lame gets special treatment with pleating, draping, gathering, and longer hemlines for a trend-forward sophistication and a vibey disco wink.

ULLA JOHNSON Cheri Silk-Blend Lamé Minidress
A.L.C. Kravitz Lamé Halter Dress / CEDRIC CHARLIER Lamé Tie-Front Gown / SAINT LAURENT Lamé-Finished-Velour Wrap Dress

 

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6. FIERCE MINI DRESS

A perennial favorite, the mini dress is more dynamic than ever, and we definitely have Saint Laurent front man Anthony Vaccarello to thank for that. Micro hemlines and sharp silhouettes meet bold boots for a wow-factor evening ensemble.

SAINT LAURENT Mini Dress
GIVENCHY Star-Pattern Jacquard Fitted Dress / FAITH CONNEXION Cutout-Back Minidress / MARC JACOBS Polka Dot Jersey Minidress

7. ELEGANT SEQUINS

Nothing says party season like light-catching sequins. We love the way iridescence livens up a classic shape, like a shift or midi, and simply demands attention with the percussion of sashaying shiny disks on your arrival.

NINA RICCI Sequined Sleeveless Shift Dress
MANNING CARTELL Dream Noir Dress / L’AGENCE Rashmi Embellished Midi-Dress / DRIES VAN NOTEN Danty Embellished Halter Dress