10 Modern Engagement Party Dresses

10 Modern Engagement Party Dresses
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Need to find the perfect engagement party dress? We love the notion of wearing a modern, stylish frock to this joyous occasion. Our list of ensembles includes a variety of styles, from the “little black dress” to a floral frock (and one chic jumpsuit as a dress alternative). Check out these 10 modern options from retailers that include Anthropologie, Bloomingdale’s and Net-a-Porter.


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Your Fave LBD


Maybe you already have a favorite little black dress, maybe you need a new one. Either way, when it comes to engagement party dresses, a flattering and simple LBD is often the best choice.

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Lace Cutouts

Price:$94.40 - $118.00

Engagement party dresses are supposed to be fun and trendy. This is a great time to embrace some popular details that you don’t want to wear on your wedding day. This skater dress with intricate a floral pattern and illusion cutouts is modern and sweet.

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Garden Glamour


Spring means fresh flowers in bloom. Reflect the season with a celebratory floral-patterned dress in a sexy silhouette complete with spaghetti straps.

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Trending Pantsuits


Occasion pantsuits are all the rage right now (even as wedding dress alternatives). Wear a wide leg pantsuit in a summery print with a pair of sandals for the ultimate summer chic look.

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A Hint of Bridal


Many brides want an engagement party dress that feels bridal. Select a white lace sundress with a v-neck and a-line silhouette. Wear with a pair of flats and light, minimalist jewelry.

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Effortless Sophistication


Engagement parties are often the first time you will meet each other’s extended family. When you want to make a stellar first impression, go with a simple, classic midi dress that embodies an effortless sophistication.

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Casual Nostalgia


Summer engagement parties are often simply backyard barbecues and other casual gatherings with friends and family. You want your dress to be special, but not too formal for the event. An adorable wrap dress in a retro style and peppy yellow is just the ticket!

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Relaxed Boho


Engagement party at a local park or beach? Wear a relaxed summer dress like this long, embroidered shirt dress from Anthropologie. It won’t be a near wardrobe malfunction if a breeze catches it and you can wear it throughout the season.

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Crop Top Cutie


Show off those killer abs you’ve been working on with a crop top ensemble. Perfect for a formal engagement party, this trendy dress will give you practice stealing all the attention!

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A Bold Pop of Color


Is your closet full of bright colors? Then find a new juicy-hued dress in a citrus shade for your debut party as a bride.