8 Best Cocktail Dresses for Summer

Summer is all about working a little less and playing a little more. There is always some occasion needing a fabulous new dress, whether it be a wedding, picnic or company function. So get to playing in one of these
darling dresses.

Flapper Dress by eDressMe New York; $72.00; Sizes small, medium, large

I just adore fringe frocks. This simple A-line mini with spaghetti straps is drenched in golden fringe and wiggles when you walk. Go for an all out flapper look with pin curls or a sassy headband or opt for something more modern with strappy metallic heels and chandelier earrings. Either way you will get noticed. It is also available in fuschia, royal blue and black.

edressme flapper dress

edressme flapper dress

City Style Dress New York & Company; $59.95; Sizes 2-18

This cute caramel and white leafy patterned dress is all silk and machine washable. When worn with a different assortment of accessories this sleeveless scoop neck number can be casual for day or feisty at night. Pair it with wooden beads for a safari look or add some turquoise for a splash of color. It’ll really let your show off your gams as the hemline is several inches above the knee.

James Perse Navy Jersey at Net-a-Porter.com; $150; Sizes currently unavailable

You can’t beat basic navy blue for an all around basic summer dress. This romantic, ballerina inspired shift has an empire waist and smartly placed pleats all the way around. Horizontal panels across the top compliment the vertical lines of the bottom. Add gold accessories for a nautical look or pair it with some comfy espadrilles. Sleeveless with a scoop neck.

Coral Chiffon Short Dress by Carmen Marc Valvo at eDressMe.com; $595; Sizes 2-14

Dresses to Suit All Shapes and Budgets

Look cool as a cucumber in this clingy green and white dress. The silky, sleeveless, empire waist style drops down low in the back for a sexy but not too revealing silhouette. Dress it up with strappy heels or summery

Lily Strapless Party Print Dress at Nordstrom; $108; Sizes extra small through extra large

Retro chic was never so bold. This dress comes in red and white with a black sash or black and white with a red sash. But really, the red and white is where it’s at. Its tea length hem is flattering to all shapes. Fiery color paired with black platform heels will scream naughty housewife, and that is definitely a compliment!

Shoshanna Strapless Floral Dress at Nordstrom; $330; Sizes 0-12

Shoshanna designs her garments with the bigger busted girls in mind. This empire waist dress has a violet-blue background and soft psychedelic flowers swirling around it. What I love about this dress is the fabulous fabric. The textured silk really dresses up what could have been just another sundress. Shoshanna magically makes the bustline look quilted. Matched with a little white handbag, you have yourself a gorgeous ensemble.

Lip Service Red Pinup Swing Dress at Torrid; $78; Sizes 12-16

This dress is flaming hot and absolutely lives up to its pinup title. The fire engine fabric is subtly adorned with stars and little pinup girls. Star shaped buttons embellish the bust and a tulle underlayer hang below the tea length hem. A black ribbon sash brings the whole look together. For super retro style, throw on some black platform heels.

Black, Pink and Purple Halter Dress by Torrid; $48; Sizes currently unavailable

If you’re looking to downplay a bigger chest, this might be just the dress for you. The empire waist flatters your curves by creating a girlish shape. The top is black, the middle is pink, and the bottom is purple so the eye is drawn down and away from an ample bust. The block colors aren’t distracting and the above-the-knee hemline doesn’t seek to cover up those gorgeous curves. Show off your legs in a hot pair of heels.

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