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24 Engagement Party Dresses for the Guest Who Wants to Impress

Celebrating a newly engaged couple? These engagement party dresses were made for the occasion.

Dobrina Zhekova
Dobrina Zhekova
anthropologie black colorblocked strapless dress with bow chest and flowy white polka dot skirt with ruffle trim for engagement party dresses for guest
Anthropologie

anthropologie black colorblocked strapless dress with bow chest and flowy white polka dot skirt with ruffle trim for engagement party dresses for guest
Anthropologie

Deciding what to wear to an engagement party should be exciting and fun—after all, it's the first time you're officially celebrating your loved ones on their upcoming wedding! The perfect engagement party dress for a guest should take a few things into consideration: the party venue, time of day, and the theme, if there is one. While a black tie dress code will call for an evening gown, you can opt for an elegant cocktail dress in most cases. Other classic options include an LBD (a little black dress), a sleek sheath dress, or a casual sundress for daytime and outdoor parties. One final piece of advice: If the couple includes a bride, skip the white dress, since most brides typically wear white for pre-wedding events, including engagement parties. Need some more guidance? Here are our picks for the chicest dresses you can wear to an upcoming engagement party (and beyond).

abercrombie & fitch green ruched midi dress with thick tie straps ruffle tiered skirt and allover floral print for engagement party dresses for guest

Floral Midi Dress

Ruched dresses are one of this year's biggest trends. Featuring a pretty floral print, this flirty number is the perfect engagement party option. It comes in a stylish midi length and has a sexy bodycon fit with playful ruffles.

Abercrombie & Fitch tie-strap smocked midi dress in Green Pattern, $120, Abercrombie & Fitch

11 honoré teal wrap dress with deep v-neckline long sleeves tie waist and flowy skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Comfortable Wrap Dress

Wrap dresses are known for being universally flattering. For proof, look no further than this long-sleeve emerald green style from 11 Honoré, one of our favorite spots for size-inclusive and plus-size options. It has a faux-wrap bodice and an A-line skirt that was made for twirling. 

11 Honoré Luna wrap dress, $198, 11 Honoré

lulus gold midi dress with allover sequins v-neckline and spaghetti straps for engagement party dresses for guest

Gold Sequin Dress 

This classy golden dress is giving us major glam vibes. The bustier bodice and and fitted skirt make for a sophisticated, party-ready look.

Lulus Sparkly Radiance sequin sleeveless midi dress in Champagne, $68, Lulus

bhldn black dress with allover beading and sequins mesh short sleeves and high scoop neckline for engagement party dresses for guest

Little Black (Sparkly) Dress

A little sparkle—or a lot—never hurt anybody. Case in point: this knee-length, short-sleeve cocktail party dress. It's covered in crystals, sequins, and intricate beading that create a dazzling effect. 

Adrianna Papell Petaluma sequin dress, $250, BHLDN

asos pink dress with short sleeves square tie neckline allover floral print and flowy skirt with slit for engagement party dresses for guest

Boho Chic Midi

Romantic and playful, this midi dress is the epitome of boho chic. It comes in a pretty floral print, ruched bodice, square neckline, and delicate puff sleeves. 

In The Style Plus x Billie Faiers sweetheart bust midi dress, $63, ASOS

anthropologie sage maxi dress with thick straps square neckline pleated ball gown skirt and allover floral embroidery for engagement party dresses for guest

Pastel Maxi Dress 

A black-tie dress code calls for a formal gown like this beauty made from embroidered floral organza. The sleeveless bodice features an elegant square neckline and a low back.

BHLDN Phoebe organza maxi dress, $368, Anthropologie

adrianna papell navy midi dress with allover floral lace mesh lace mesh flutter short sleeves and high scoop neck for engagement party dresses for guest

Beaded Fit-and-Flare Dress

Flutter sleeves and beautiful hand-beaded detailing make this fit-and-flare dress an elegant engagement party outfit that could also work as a wedding guest dress. It has a demure illusion neckline and reaches the knee for a classic look. 

Adrianna Papell hand-beaded midi dress with flutter sleeves in Twilight, from $279, Adrianna Papell

azazie maroon velvet dress with short sleeves v-neckline tie waist and flowy skirt with slit for engagement party dresses for guest

Velvet Dress with Slit

Luxe velvet fabric and a timeless wrap silhouette are always a winning fashion combination. This maxi dress has short sleeves and comes in five different jewel tones, making it a gorgeous engagement party outfit idea for fall and winter celebrations. 

Blush Mark Dreaming of You velvet maxi dress in Cabernet, $54, Azazie

express navy satin one shoulder slip dress with spaghetti strap and flowy skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Asymmetrical Slip Dress

This sophisticated cocktail dress features a trendy one-shoulder neckline and fitted silhouette. The midi skirt allows you to show off your favorite pair of heels.

Express satin cross back one shoulder slip dress in Navy Blue, $98, Express

astr the label santorini one shoulder midi dress with allover multicolored floral print puffy sleeve and flowy skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

One-Shoulder Dress

Whether it's a summer engagement party or an early fall bridal shower you're attending, this flowy dress was made to impress. The chic one-shoulder silhouette includes a puff sleeve, an asymmetrical ruffle hemline, and a vintage-inspired floral print. 

ASTR The Label Santorini one shoulder midi dress, from $138, ASTR The Label

nordstrom black cocktail dress with sweetheart neckline thick straps and form fitting skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Timeless Sheath Dress

Classic, sexy, sleek, and flattering—this sheath dress is staple style you need in your wardrobe. Thanks to its elegant silhouette that can be dressed up or down, you'll find yourself reaching for it again and again any time you need to look put together at a moment's notice. 

Dress The Population Nicole sweetheart neck cocktail dress, $148, Nordstrom

HATCH collection blue dress with allover floral print long sleeves v-neckline tied waist and pleated flowy skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Boho Floral Maxi Dress

Expectant moms-to-be, we haven't forgotten about you. This comfortable maxi dress proves that maternity style can be just as chic. The blouson sleeves, adjustable waist, and high-low hem guarantee you a spot on the best-dressed engagement party guest list.

HATCH Collection Shana dress, $278, HATCH Collection

anthropologie black colorblocked strapless dress with bow chest and flowy white polka dot skirt with ruffle trim for engagement party dresses for guest

Strapless Polka Dot Dress

Bows and polka dots make for eye-catching details regardless of the party's dress code. Along with a retro-style polka dot print, this color-block midi dress has a bow-tie bodice and an A-line skirt with a flounced hem. 

Hutch colorblocked bow-tie maxi dress in Black and White, $218, Anthropologie

LILYSILK red silk slip dress with v-neckline spaghetti straps with pearls and flowy skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Minimalist Slip Dress

Slip dresses are a wardrobe staple for a reason—they are easy to style, timeless, and versatile. This beautiful silk midi dress has a slim fit, a V-neckline, and adjustable spaghetti straps accentuated by pearl beads. The dress is made from the highest quality OEKO-TEX certified silk and is available in five classic shades.

LILYSILK elegant V-neck silk dress with pearl, $125, LILYSILK

FARM Rio maxi dress with allover multicolored animal print high neckline long puffy sleeves and flowy ruffle tiered skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Colorful Tiered Maxi

People tend to stick to dark colors in the fall and winter, but you don't have to. This gorgeous, vibrantly printed maxi dress is cold-weather appropriate, thanks to the high neck and long sleeves. Style it with a belt to highlight your waist. 

FARM Rio hidden animals maxi dress, $300, FARM Rio

revolve pink midi dress with spaghetti straps v-neckline and allover lace with sheer lace skirt overlay for engagement party dresses for guest

Lace Midi Dress

When in doubt, a classic lace number is always a stylish engagement party dress for a guest. Whether you're attending a formal engagement party or a bridal shower luncheon, this lace dress is flattering, classy, and so chic. We love the adjustable spaghetti straps that allow you to customize the fit. 

ASTR The Label lace A-line midi dress in Pink Mauve, $89, REVOLVE

david;s bridal jumpsuit with allover multicolored floral print with thick straps deep v-neckline and open back for engagement party dresses for guest

Patterned Jumpsuit

A colorful jumpsuit is a great alternative to traditional engagement party dresses for guests, especially for a casual event. This fun style has an allover floral print and cut-out back—pair it with dressy sandals to elevate the overall look. 

Aidan Mattox floral sleeveless open-back jumpsuit, $220, David's Bridal

11 Honoré white dress with allover multicolored flamingo print with flutter short sleeves v-neckline tie waist and pleated flowy skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Colorful Flamingo-Print Dress

Looking for an easy-to-pack yet stylish option for a destination engagement party? The fun flamingo print on this sundress will fit right in at a sun-drenched Caribbean beach. You can also wear it as an off-the-shoulder dress for a romantic look.

Tanya Taylor Teigan dress, $595, 11 Honoré

lord & taylor yellow chiffon gown with allover floral print ruffled straps ruched chest side cutouts criss cross waistline deep v-neckline and pleated ball gown skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Yellow Chiffon Dress

Perfect for a garden soirée or black tie event during the summer, we could sing the praises of this stunning maxi gown all day long. It's cut from flowy chiffon and features ruffled cap sleeves, a tiered A-line skirt, and statement lace-up back. 

Ieena for Mac Duggal floral chiffon gown, $598, Lord & Taylor

lulus black bodycon dress with high neckline lace mesh long sleeves and form fitting skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Mini Dress with Lace Sleeves

LBDs are some of the best engagement party dresses for guests—you can't go wrong with a little black mini like this. The lace sleeves, bodycon fit, and short hemline make it ideal for other special occasions later on, like a bachelorette party, rehearsal dinner, or even date night. 

Lulus Lace Up Your Sleeve lace long sleeve bodycon dress in Black, $68, Lulus 

anthropologie brown satin maxi dress with deep v-neckline ruched chest short sleeves and plain flowy skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Empire Waist Gown

Don this satin maxi dress at an engagement party or other wedding-related celebration that calls for formal or semi-formal attire. It has draped sleeves and comes in a burnt orange hue that's perfect for a fall event. Accessorize with drop earrings and an updo to show off the sexy V-neckline.

BHLDN Leila satin charmeuse maxi dress, $248, Anthropologie

asos light pink blazer with deep v-neckline and allover pearl embellishments for engagement party dresses for guest

Pastel Blazer Dress

Fashionistas, this pastel pink dress is for you. Its ultra-modern blazer-inspired silhouette includes shawl lapels, pearl embellishments, and buttons down the front.

Saint Genies pearl embellished blazer, $66, ASOS

lulus sparkly gold and teal mini dress with thick straps deep v-neckline and mini skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Party-Ready Mini Dress

This shimmering mini dress comes in a gorgeous shade of teal and is a great pick for an engagement party that's all about drinks and dancing. The party-ready style has a plunging V-neckline and twisted racerback straps.

Lulus Ailey skater dress in Gold and Teal Blue, $58, Lulus

nordstrom orange midi dress with high neckline plain chest and pleated flowy skirt for engagement party dresses for guest

Pop of Color Dress

Available in six statement colors, this chiffon midi dress features a pleated flowy skirt that reaches below the knee. It's an elegant engagement party dress for a guest that's easily re-wearable. 

Sam Edelman sleeveless pleated midi dress, $98, Nordstrom

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