30 Party Dresses to Consider for a Jaw-Dropping Return to Nightlife

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At last, our dreams of safely attending soirées could soon become a reality, which is why thoughts of picking the best party dresses to wear to future gatherings are slowly infiltrating our minds. Likewise, designers are also planning for the return of going out ensembles. Did you see Saint Laurent’s latest collection? Come fall, Anthony Vaccarello’s jubilant micro-mini skirts, metallic bodysuits, and sequin jackets could be spotted at a gala or—dare I say it—an in-person, red-carpet event. Yes, we miss those, too. Brands like Michael Kors, Caroline Hu, and Ashish are also keeping our “dressed to the nines” dreams alive with festive looks fit for a reemergence celebration.

In the same vein, we’ve gathered some of the best party dresses around. If the invites to graduation parties, weddings, or cocktail events are starting to pour in, you’ll find something below for every type of invite. Whether you require a little black dress or a long-sleeve mini, It doesn't hurt to start looking and planning early.

High Shine

Ssone Christie gathered velvet midi dress

$482$192
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No. 21 jersey-lined sequin dress

$3,127$938
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Rixo ombré sequin dress

$475

NORDSTROM

Galvan Stargaze sequinned striped midi dress

$2,150

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Rebecca Vallance Gatsby sequined crepe turtleneck midi dress

$655

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Semsem draped pleated metallic silk-blend crepe midi dress

$1,595

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Mini Party Dresses

Alice + Olivia Tayla metallic brocade mini dress

$295

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Shushu/Tong embellished ruffle minidress

$565

NORDSTROM

Zara printed asymmetric dress

$70

ZARA

Miu Miu Gazar embroidered mini dress

$4,200

MODA OPERANDI

Oscar de la Renta citrus primavera ruffle shift dress

$3,490

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Gauge81 Bima open-back satin mini dress

$386

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Midi/Maxi Party Dresses

Ciao Lucia Carolinne ruched satin dress

$450

MODA OPERANDI

Meryll Rogge asymmetric velvet-trimmed jacquard dress

$1,380

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Ganni floral cotton maxi dress

$215

MYTHERESA

Khaite Nina ribbed midi dress

$980

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Givenchy embellished open-back long-sleeve gown

$3,460

NORDSTROM

Mango pleated satin dress

$130

MANGO

Long-Sleeve Party Dresses

Michael Michael Kors smocked metallic fil coupe mini dress

$325

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Borgo De Nor Zelda sequinned midi dress

$910

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Johanna Ortiz Vida Mia floral-print crepe dress

$1,995

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Carolina Herrera stretch crepe midi dress

$2,680

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Dion Lee cutout ribbed midi dress

$690

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Stine Goya Joy Jasmine Distortion organza babydoll dress

$460

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Little Black Party Dresses

The Marc Jacobs the pleated dress

$495$99
SHOPBOP

H&M sequined dress

$60$48
H&M

Nensi Dojaka cross-front tulle mini dress

$1,110

LUISAVIAROMA

Batsheva square-neck paisley flocked wool midi dress

$487

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Saint Laurent sequined mini dress

$2,390$1,434
MYTHERESA

Nanushka Shani cutout stretch-kinit mini dress

$425

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