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Cocktail Party Dresses for Summer Events

Stay stylish and stunning in curve-hugging cocktail dresses from Windsor for all of your summer events. Stun in short cocktail dresses like form-fitting party dresses, skater dresses, curve-hugging midi dresses, pretty high-low dresses, or floor-length dresses with high slits. Whether you simply want a chic look for a formal dinner or are a bride-to-be or newlywed, white cocktail dresses with dainty lace details, sheer mesh inserts, dramatic ruffled accents, or flirty fit ‘n’ flare skirts are perfect for the summer season. For that classic and sophisticated look, go for a crowd pleaser like a little black dress, also known as an LBD, or fitted to bodycon dresses in a midi length. Discover black cocktail dresses with ruched bodies, short flirty puff sleeves, and sleeveless necklines with strappy details. Explore more updated summer colors like beautiful red, hunter green, navy blue, silver, and iridescent hues on the latest cocktail evening dresses. Explore satin, crepe, mesh, lace, velvet, and glitter knit fabrics to find your favorite dinner dress or cocktail party look. Shop for sexy cocktail dresses with stunning fabrics like sequin scroll patterns and romantic floral prints. Stylish accents such as sequins, ruching, cutouts, and embellished rhinestones and heat stones will bring a chic vibe to your look. Shop Windsor to get the perfect dressy cocktail dresses for your upcoming summer occasions! For more stylish cocktail attire, shop Windsor's cocktail outfits for women.

What's the difference between a cocktail dress and an evening dress?

The main differences between cocktail and evening dresses are the length and the fabrication. Cocktail dresses traditionally feature a shorter length that falls around the knee depending on your height to above the ankle for tea-length cocktail dresses. An evening dress traditionally features a long skirt or floor-length hem. Since cocktail dresses are typically suited for dressy to semi-formal occasions they are usually composed of fabrics like crepe, lace, Ponte knit, and polyester blends that make them durable for continuous wear and provide versatile styling options. Evening dresses are designed to be worn at formal events or black-tie occasions and are typically composed of rich, luxurious fabrics like satin, velvet, chiffon, taffeta, and tulle. Cocktail dresses can be worn as a go-to staple for any dressy occasion while evening dresses are a style you'll want to plan for based on the formality of the event and the mood of the venue you are attending.

Are cocktail dresses short or long?

The standard length of a cocktail dress has a hem that reaches slightly below the knee or stops ever so slightly above the ankle. An ankle-length cocktail dress is also known as a tea-length. Now there are some exceptions to the rule. A cocktail affair that requires a black-tie dress code is a perfect example of bending the fashion rules and a long cocktail dress featuring a rich fabric like velvet, lace or satin is totally acceptable. Wedding guests will be in style pre-dinner hour with updated styles in one shoulder, cold shoulder, or strapless designs. These are great options for graduation dresses or senior photo outfits. Short cocktail dresses can also make for a sexy anniversary or date night look. Long cocktail dresses like long sleeve midi dresses or asymmetrical styles are chic styles for making an impression.