I’m half-convinced that dress codes only exist to make you second-guess your choice of outfit a few dozen times in the lead-up to an event, wondering if your cocktail dress is too formal, your business casual look too casual, or your “festive” ensemble not nearly sparkly enough. But alas, they tend to be our only option when guiding guests towards what to wear—and a wedding invitation that did away with it entirely could easily inspire just as much anxiety.
Having a repertoire of cocktail-appropriate dresses and jumpsuits at the ready should prepare you for most of the invites that land in your inbox this season—choose a simple silk slip if you want a piece that you can dress down for day (just add a turtleneck and you’re good to go), or pick something in velvet, metallic, or lace is you want it to do double-duty for your holiday parties.
Below, shop 21 cocktail dresses and jumpsuits to wear to the next wedding on your calendar.
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