September 26, 2022

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Summer Cocktail Dresses – Shop Cocktail Dresses for Summer 2022

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The summer cocktail dress is this sort ambiguous term—is it a taffeta mini, a sleek silk slip dress, a backless printed poplin? In short, it can be all of those things. Cocktail dressing is a mood. What do you want to wear to sip a Paloma by a pool? A dirty martini on a rooftop? A mocktail in a cabana?

Tatiana Hambro, editorial director of Moda Operandi tells BAZAAR.com for her, the warm weather party dress is all about experimentation,”For me, a summer cocktail party is nothing if not a great excuse to push the boundaries on your personal style. Something about heat encourages experimentalism, and there’s usually no formal dress code (nor bride!) to appease.” How that translates is different for each cocktail-dress-wearing individual. “For some, that may mean a more vivacious palette, or prints when they normally wear solids… but I’m currently gravitating towards unexpected—even a slightly daring—silhouettes and texture play. Enter: Aya Muse‘s low-rise, very ’90s cutout black dress, House of Aama‘s slinky, naked-but-not “La Sirene” power mesh maxi, and Magda Butrym‘s three-dimensional floral mini. All these looks you can dress down with flats and undone hair, or amp up with heels and big earrings,” she continues. Shop 22 dresses that will make summer cocktail-ing even more of a party. And yes, cocktail-ing can be a verb.

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The Ultra-Feminine Dress

Open Back Dress

This refreshing shade of this dress, airy fabric, and sexy-in-the-back vibe add up a very fun take on cocktail dressing.

Elevated Shirt Dressing

La Robe Lagoa off-shoulder maxi dress

This particular shade of green shows no sign of slowing and we adore the halter detail.

The Floral

Skinny Strap Poof Dress in Mini Bouquet

A perfectly lovely take on cocktail dressing.

The Ultimate Confection

Tilde Cloqué Open-Back Mini Dress

When in doubt, think pink.

The Show-Off

Exclusive to Mytheresa – Cutout ruched minidress

Cut-outs are just getting more and more interesting.

Editor’s Pick

Lou Lou Maxi

This versatile maxi can go to weddings or easy beach cocktails depending on footwear choice.

Good Buy

Monza Cutout Jersey Midi Dress

The subtle yellow color and long-sleeves make this one a winner.

Moda Operandi Pick

La Sirene Bodycon Maxi Dress

“You can dress down with flats and undone hair, or amp up with heels and big earrings,” Tatiana Hambro tells BAZAAR.com.

Good Buy

Nolie Cotton Midi Dress

We rarely met flocking we didn’t love.

The Organic Dress

Solene Pleated Organic Cotton Dress

The Steal

MINI DRESS WITH BOW

This is giving glam ’90s in the best way.

The Slip Dress

Willa Lace-Trimmed Cutout Silk Maxi Dress

This lingerie-inspired piece is so pretty, we’d consider wearing it to bed, too.

The Graphic Take

Origami Linen Midi Dress

This dress can go from the office with a blazer to cocktails with heels.

The Mini

Rebecca Vallance

For when you’re feeling extra bold.

The Boho Option

Paint The Town Printed Midi Dress

This breezy printed dress is made for gladiator sandals and a laid-back disposition.

The Standout

Silk Chiffon Organza Dress

We love the interesting color-blocking and shape happening in this piece. It’s giving Paloma Picasso.

It hardly gets prettier than this purple printed mini.

The Jean Queen

Denim Ruffle Dress

We love the idea of a denim cocktail dress. This one is anything but casual.

The Avant-Garde

Open-back shell midi dress

This deceptively simple dress has a lot of interesting elements—from an open back to an asymmetrical hemline.

The LWD

White Cut-Out Dress

This barely-there long white dress is giving all the modern vibes of summer.

The Maxi Dress

Chain-Detailed Satin Maxi Dress

Chain mail and a floral print add up to a very cool approach to cocktail dressing.

The Off-The-Shoulder Option

Muna off-the-shoulder gathered woven midi dress

Linen dresses aren’t all made equally.

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