1. The New Romantic

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ERDEM Chiffon Ibbie Gown

Unleash your softer side with feminine prints and Victorian silhouettes. Gently draping ruffles—as perfected by whimsical designers like Erdem and Philosophy—add charming drama.

2. The Formal Two Piece

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MONIQUE LHUILLIER Matte Satin Bandeau Top / MONIQUE LHUILLIER Satin Ball Skirt / MANOLO BLAHNIK Snakeskin Leva Ankle-Wrap Sandals / MUNNU Diamond, Gold & Silver Single Line Necklace

Few silhouettes are more universally flattering than a fitted top paired with a full skirt, and opting for separates adds modern appeal—especially when revealing a sliver of skin at the waist.

3. Rich Lace

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SOPHIA KAH Lace Gown / MONIQUE PÉAN Marquise-Shaped Double-Drop Earrings

With lace, it’s about striking a balance of coverage and the ultra-feminine fabric, which is why a demure silhouette is necessary for shedding boudoir connotations. Sturdy, high-quality lace in a rich hue like burgundy is always elegant for evening.

4. Sheer and Shine

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LOYD/FORD Embellished-Overlay Lace Dress / HOORSENBUHS Phantom Clique Ring

Intricate embroideries, light-catching beading, and layers of sheer fabric create an alluring evening opulence perfectly embodied in this LOYD/FORD cocktail dress.

5. Striking Red 

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JUAN CARLOS OBANDO Reverse Satin Midi-Dress / GIANVITO ROSSI Carey Triple-Strap Sandals / RAUWOLF Noblesse Minaudière

Whether oxblood or cherry, few colors are as empowering and emboldening as red. A simple silhouette like this satin midi dress from Juan Carlos Obando allows both the bold hue and the bolder woman to shine.

6. Halter Neckline

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J. MENDEL Gathered Chiffon Gown

A halter showcases shoulders and collarbones in an elegant way, and the more conservative neckline is a great excuse for sensual details like the well-placed cutouts on the bodice of this harness-inspired J. Mendel gown.

7. Unexpected Eyelet

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VALENTINO Mixed-Eyelet Gown

There’s something darkly romantic about reimagining classically feminine elements like eyelets and a tiered hem in rich black, as seen here with this cotton-blend Valentino gown.

8. Modern Geometry

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ESTEBAN CORTAZAR Mixed-Media Gown

A minimal silhouette becomes beguiling thanks to a mash up of textures and geometric paneling. A touch of metallic, here in the form of silver lamé, adds a futuristic touch from Esteban Cortazar.

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