Nothing gets the ‘what am I going to wear’ fear going like a major occasion. Whether it’s a summer wedding or a black-tie do, big nights are a big deal to get right. For a stress-free RSVP, our pick of floor-sweeping sequin dresses and bold statement-making colours are here to get you the right attention.
Outfit #1 – Black-Tie Style Doesn’t Have To Mean Black
We’ve been loving LBDs for more than a century now, so it’s probably the right time to change things up a little. For a break from tradition and classic black, this emerald maxi dress gets the green light from us.
While comfort isn’t often high on the agenda when it comes to statement-making occasionwear (nobody wants to sound like their mum), this super-stretchy material does a good job of keeping you comfortable all-day long, making it a perfect wedding guest dress or bridesmaid dress. There’s nothing worse than sitting through yet another speech in something you’re not feeling.
Its sexy Bardot neckline can also discreetly conceal a strapless bra, if you don’t want to go without.
Outfit #2 – One Dress For All Your Occasions
Cheat your way through a busy summer schedule with this mink multi-way maxi dress. Depending on how you feel on the day, you can switch up its design in a variety of ways. One day it’s the perfect one-shoulder plus-one to a formal event. The next – it’s a cool backless style for a summer wedding. It’s the dress that keeps on giving. It also suits a range of shapes and sizes, for a one-style-fits-all approach to bridesmaid dressing.
Outfit #3 – The Dress For Frill-Seekers
Everyone should own at least one wrap dress as they don’t come more versatile or comfortable than this. If you’re just starting your collection (what have you been up to?), this satin maxi dress is a good place to begin your journey with evening dresses. With a roomy elasticated waist and adjustable tie, it can take you from wedding breakfast to the first dance with a quick tie of the knot (pun intended). Team its asymmetric frill hem with volumised hair and a statement lip for added drama.
Outfit #4 – Sequins For Year-Round Glamour
Sequins aren’t just for Christmas, they’re for life – in particular 30th birthday parties. This embellished maxi dress is as sparkling as the prosecco you’ll be sipping this party season and beyond. Team it with a cute clutch and an up-do for fancy formal events, or wear it with your best pals for a bridesmaid dress that makes a statement that isn’t at your expense.
Outfit #5 – Purple Dresses: Fortune Favours The Bold
Proving plain doesn’t have to mean boring, this purple one-shoulder maxi dress packs a serious punch, whether it’s for a wedding or a black-tie event. Its ruched design also hugs you in the right places for a flattering silhouette. To up the ante even further, team this one-colour wonder with extra accessories such as an embellished bag or on-trend hair clip.
If you’re not comfortable not wearing a bra, a strapless one will work with this, too. For other boob-friendly solutions, check out our evening dresses edit.