Whether you’re hitting the red carpet or a downtown gala, it’s all about choosing a dress that enhances your persona. From the classically feminine to the boldly modern, these styles guarantee a standing ovation.
1. The New Romantic
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 Valentinogown.
8. Modern Geometry
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.