22 cute and elegant cocktail dresses
The season of wearing less and going out more is finally here, which means you’ll be wearing sundresses so good that someone will buy you a drink. Whether you’re having a million weddings in June or your Hot Girl Summer means hitting every rooftop bar in town, we’ve found 22 cocktail dresses for every fit and fancy. Flag down the bartender for another round of spicy margins (or an elderberry mocktail) and click through to our roundup of easy summer dresses from $20. And just for fun, we matched each style with the cocktail they embody.
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Here is a dress you can wear to work and happy hour.
Hand Drink: This dress is definitely an espresso martini. I will not elaborate.
Spaghetti Strap Sleeveless Satin Cocktail Dress
No one will guess you bought this chic brief for $20 on Amazon.
Drink in hand: Frosé
Flamingo One Shoulder Maxi Dress
Did you really go on vacation if your friends didn’t photograph you at the pool bar? This dress was made for a beach getaway.
Hand drink: Anything with a tropical twist.
Satin Effect Cutout Dress
Here is the Zara dress that launched a million TikTok views. For $46, there’s no reason you shouldn’t test it out yourself.
Drink in hand: Hemingway Daiquiri
A cotton robe is best suited for daytime hangers and, therefore, daytime drinks.
Drink in hand: Bloody Mary, mimosa, or whatever else is on the brunch menu.
Joan ruched floral-print cotton-blend jacquard midi dress
A floral dress is always a good idea. Dress it up on a Saturday night with heels and a clutch, then wear it with trainers for the Sunday errands.
Drink in hand: Sangria
If you thought the bare shoulder was about to disappear, think again. This classic polka dot silhouette is destined for the Amalfi Coast.
Drink in hand: Aperol Spritz
Not all dresses need to be cinched at the waist. Try a voluminous number in a cheerful shade.
Drink in hand: Tequila sunrise
Printed twill-trimmed velvet gown
Some cocktail dresses venture into gala territory, and this statement number strikes that perfect balance.
Drink in hand: You’re adventurous, so tonight is the bartender’s choice.
Bohemian slip dress with feathers
Do you have your own engagement party to attend? Here, the perfect dress.
Drink in hand: Vodka soda (not to stain anything)
Brown is an underrated dress color. Give the neutral some much-needed love in this attention-grabbing mini.
Hand Drinking: A Really Funky Orange Wine
MEROKEETY Elegant Floral Lace Cocktail Dress Women Sleeveless Knee Length Party Dress
With over 14,000 reviews, this lacy LBD will become a wardrobe workhorse you can pull out for every future party.
To drink in hand: Chardonnay
Zimmermann Dancer Silk Asymmetric Ruffle Midi Wrap Dress in Lilac at Nordstrom, Size 1
Ideal for an outdoor wedding or a romantic evening.
Drink in hand: Rosemary Gin Fizz
Like it or not, the sweet aesthetic of the 2000s is back with a vengeance. This trompe-l’oeil dress in silk denim is the epitome of that era.
Drink in hand: Jello shot.
Kekeo graphic print midi dress
Not for the lightweight, Farai London dresses will always turn heads.
Drink in hand: A $22 cocktail from a bar that doesn’t have a sign on its door.
For an understated look fit for royalty, try Genny. The Italian brand is known for its modern twists on classic silhouettes – there are so many unique details on this wiggle dress.
Drink by hand: A digestivo, like a grappa
Nolan Maxi Dress x REVOLVE
You will never go back to this option without a folder.
Drink in hand: French 75
Astr Women’s Sleeveless Lace Fit and Flare Midi Dress, Navy, X-Small US
This dress is a garden party personified.
Drink in hand: Moscow mule
Chloé corset dress | Black
This alluring, tuxedo-inspired LBD will put you in the running as the star of the next Bond movie (do not only the Bond girl).
Drink in hand: Martini, of course.
Grace satin dress with collar and belt
This mini dress with an integrated scarf is ideal for a chic summer evening that is still a little too hot for a long dress.
Drink in hand: Champagne (the real thing, do not prosecco)
A perfect summer dress like this will catch the love of your Gen Z niece and mother-in-law.
Drink in hand: White Negroni
One shoulder balloon dress
This mash-up print will get you all the compliments at your next event.
Drink in hand: Whiskey Sour
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