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18 Engagement Party Dresses for the Bride

If you’re on the hunt for a gorgeous engagement party dress this season, you’ve come to the right place. Whether it’s some casual last minute drinks with some mates down the pub, or a lavish cocktail party with family and friends, you’ll find some great gunas in today’s fashion edit. Enjoy!


Ravishing in Red

Party type: What says ‘ultra romantic’ more than a gorgeous little red dress?! This outfit is definitely on the more formal side – we’re thinking engagement party cocktails at a fancy-ish bar but it could work very well for a couple of glasses of Champagne at the parent’s house just as easily.

How to Style it: There’s very little you need to do to style one of these gorge gunas; a red lip, a flick of eyeliner and some strappy heels to match your new sparkler and you’re ready to go!

Dresses (left to right): 1. Boohoo embroidered organza dress from ASOS | 2. Azalea dress by Self Portrait, Brown Thomas | 3. Lisa Body Frock dress from ASOS


Pretty Party Girl

Party type: Like the little red dresses above, these cute white getups are pretty formal. Perfect for lunch with friends and family at a nice restaurant, some cocktails at a nice bar or classy engagement drinks in a pristine house (maybe avoid these if the little ones are around!)

How to Style it: Pair with some metallic or neutral strappy heels or dress down with some pretty flat pumps. Throw on a big faux fur coat to add a more wintry feel.

Dresses (left to right): 1. Boohoo scuba midi dress from ASOS | 2. Midi dress with cross front from ASOS | 3. White and black floral appliqué dress from Debenhams


Cool & Casual

Party type: The jumper dress is pretty much the perfect outfit for most engagement parties that’ll happen over the winter season. Whether it’s a last minute gathering, some drinks down the pub or a low key apartment party, a jumper dress will look right in place. You’ll look super casual, impossibly cool, and allow your shiny smile and shinier finger say it all.

How to Style it: Platforms, biker boots, knee highs, pumps… You can style a winter jumper dress any way to suit your mood. Pop on a pair of tights and a chunky necklace, add a clutch bag and you’re done.

Dresses (left to right): 1. Fluffy white jumper dress from Missguided | 2. Love Moschino jumper dress from ASOS | 3. Grey sweater dress from ASOS


Elegant Mini

Party type: These pretty minis suit pretty much any style of engagement party from pints with mates to high tea with the family.

How to Style it: An elegant mini dress shouldn’t need too much in the accessory department, dress them up or down with heels or pumps and pop a suit jacket on top, add a cute bangle, some pretty earrings and you’ve an outfit to take you anywhere.

Dresses (left to right): 1. Lace dress from ZARA | 2. Arrow lace pleated dress from French Connection | 3. Rose lace-skirt dress from Reiss


Laid Back Chic

Party type: Like a chic mini, the jumpsuit works for just about any type of shindig. Consider the neckline and go for something loose and cool if it’s a family event or something more laid back, for office-to-engagement-party outfits opt for something akin to a shirt and pantsuit and for a more glam affair pop on something with a hint of sequins or shimmer.

How to Style it: Again there’s very little to do with a jumpsuit – it’s minimalism at its best! Pull your hair back, do a strong but shimmery smoky eye. Pair with some sky high heels and you’re the coolest bride-to-be in the room.

Jumpsuits (left to right): Arctic spell embellished jumpsuit from French Connection | 2. Lace deep V back jumpsuit from Topshop | 3. Velvet burnout jumpsuit from Topshop 


Bride to Be

Party type: White is very rarely a go-to colour for a party outfit, but when it’s your engagement party how on earth could you resist?! These gorgeous gunas scream bride-to-be and are a great choice for a formal celebration. Cocktails, canapés and an evening dodging your red-wine drinking friends – sure it’s great practise for the day itself.

How to Style it: Nude shoes, a massive rock and a glass of something sweet and sparkling.

Dresses (left to right): 1. Midi bodycon dress from ASOS | 2. Contrast panel midi dress from Topshop | 3. Panelled embroidered lace dress by Self Portrait from Brown Thomas

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Former editor, current contributor, (she just can't let go!) Karen enjoys writing fashion but is known to dabble in decor from time to time. Her favourite section on the site is the Real Wedding section, followed closely by the Health & Fitness forums.

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