What does the perfect cocktail dress look like? It’s a question we’re pondering as invites to seasonal celebrations and soirées land in our inbox. Unlike the year-round after-five frock, cocktail dresses should prioritize comfort, ease, and elegance. Instead of glitzy sequins, voluminous tulle, and luxe velvets, think sumptuous satin, airy cottons, and knits with stretch.
To make the search easier, we’ve selected some of the festive cocktail dresses below. So if you’re ready to RSVP yes, read on to discover the most delightful collection of frocks around from the likes of The Row, Maison Rabih Kayrouz, and Alberta Ferreti. But let’s not stop there, Dawn and Denise have hand selected pieces from our Archives, the kind that you can collect. Treasures from Lanvin, Valentino and Dries van Noten round out the edit. Oh let's not forget a few chic jumpsuits and pant suits, we wouldn’t force you into a dress.