We’re half-convinced that dress codes only exist to make you second-guess your choice of outfit a few dozen times in the lead-up to an event. Alas, dress codes seem to be the best option when guiding guests towards what to wear (could you imagine the chaos if there wasn’t one?). But we can ease our wedding attire anxiety by keeping a healthy stock of cocktail dresses for a wedding hanging in our closet.
Having a repertoire of cocktail-appropriate dresses and jumpsuits at the ready will prepare you for any wedding invites you should recieve—choose a simple silk slip if you want a piece that you can dress down for day (just add a turtleneck and you’re good to go), or pick something in velvet, metallic, or lace is you want it to do double-duty for your other winter nighttime affairs.
Below, shop 21 cocktail dresses and jumpsuits to wear to the next wedding on your calendar.
Textured Fluted Sleeve Floral Midi Dress, $53; at ASOS
Metallic Coated Dress, $135; at COS
Who What Wear Plus-Size Cross-Over Midi Dress, $36.99; at Target
BCBGMAXAZRIA Annemarie Ruffle Flounce Dress, $268; at Neiman Marcus
Chelsea Dress, $478; at Whit
Velvet Silk-Blend Dress, $299.99; at Mango
The Ashford Dress, $1,695; at Novis
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Plunging V-Neck Velvet Sheath Dress, $55.93 (was $79.90); at Express
The Adriana V-Neck Cape Dress, $1,700; at Haney
Self-Portrait Open-Back Guipere Lace Midi Dress, $410; at Net-A-Porter
Silk Dancefloor One-Shoulder Dress, $124.50 (was $145); at Madewell
Scallop Lace Hem Dress, $49.90; at Lovesick
Jaclyn Jumpsuit, $98; at Rue107
Peter Pilotto Chiffon Mini Sheath Dress, $2,325; at Moda Operandi