Wedding dress codes can be a headache to adhere to—unless it's beach casual—but at least the cocktail wedding falls into that golden realm of style and price where you're not guzzling money and also not teetering around in a silky maxi dress. Because wedding season is just around the corner, we gathered a range of semi-formal dresses for every budget and style that'll actually have staying power long beyond the nuptials.
All the pretty 3D lace details.
Manzoni 3D Floral Lace Dress, $268; usa.frenchconnection.com.
A fire-engine red lace mini that will ensure no one will mistake you for a member of the bridal party.
Marissa Webb Kallisti Embroidered Organza Mini Dress, $249; theoutnet.com.
A chic LBD with peek-a-boo sleeves that looks far more expensive than it actually is.
Tube Dress, $70; zara.com.
A sophisticated one-shoulder dress with fringe details all over that look like tiny feathers *swoons*.
Rosanna One-Shoulder Dress, $370; whistles.com.
Enough airflow to get you through a sweaty reception in a barely air-conditioned tent.
W118 by Walker Baker Off-the-Shoulder Stretch Jersey Dress, $94; theoutnet.com.
A flowy shift dress with an asymmetrical hem for the creative who's not here to steal the bride's shine, but *also* isn't up for wearing a boring monochrome dress.
Tibi Asymmetric Printed Silk Georgette Dress, $245; theoutnet.com.
A classic scarlet tent dress that'll still be good to wear come holiday season.
Theory Draped Crepe de Chine Dress, $158; theoutnet.com.
A gorgeous lace high-neck dress for romantics who still aren't over the Victorian era. The keyhole back sealed with a blue ribbon is the stuff of dreams, too.
Self-Portrait Peep-Back Lace Mini Dress, $410; matchesfashion.com.
At first you think it's just your average fit and flare dress, until you notice the mesh, scuba-inspired fabric 🙌.
Textured Scuba Fit and Flare Dress, $295; whistles.com.
Peep the whimsical lampshade sleeves.
Estrella Fluted Sleeve Dress, $280; whistles.com.
Swimwear designer Norma Kamali is a genius with strappy details, which is how you get this convertible dress that transforms from a halter dress to a crossover shift to a racer-back style (prime for re-wearing, undetected, to every single wedding you have on your calendar this year).
Norma Kamali Convertible Pleated Dress, $70; theoutnet.com.
A comfortable silk dress with a sexy cutout at the back for added airflow.
Rebecca Taylor Sleeveless Ruffle Dress, $195; shopspring.com.
A sweet pastel dress for fashion girls with an asymmetrical draped hem and a keyhole neckline.
MM6 Maison Margiela Knee Length Dress, $234; shopspring.com.