The Dresses

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  • Pomander Place

    Pomander Place Gold Embroidered Maxi Dress

    $168

    All it takes is a little gold embroidery to elevate an easy-to-wear black column dress. The "Lillith" dress gives great vintage vibes with so many elevated details, from the puff sleeve to the lace hem. You could wear this day or night. Sizes XS to XXXL. Buy from Tuckernuck.

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  • Shoshanna

    Shoshanna One-Shoulder Floral Jacquard Midi Dress

    $725

    Timeless, yet totally on point with its one shoulder neckline and side bow. The gorgeous jacquard fabric makes it extra special, and that midi length works well for day or night—and especially for petites. Sizes 2 to 14. Buy from Neiman Marcus. 

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  • Adrianna Papell

    Adrianna Papell One Shoulder Metallic Knit Sleeveless Gown

    $199

    Pack it up—this pinkie is ready for your beach wedding. Get that one shoulder gown style you crave in a slightly less formal metallic knit. We're fans of the draping. Sizes 2 to 16. Buy from Dillard's. 
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  • Rickie Freeman for Teri Jon

    Teri Jon Metallic Jacquard Belted Shirt Dress

    $530

    If smart, tailored, and classic are among your preferred descriptors, this metallic jacquard shirt dress is the one for you. The material makes it cocktail-appropriate. The knee length tones it down for a more understated affair. We're partial to this chic black and slate print, but the style also comes in solid navy or champagne. Sizes 2 to 18. Buy from Bergdorf Goodman.

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  • Bronx and Banco

    Bronx and Banco Metallic Plunge Gown

    $550

    Strong shoulders, deep v-neck; long sleeves, high slits. The result is a head-turner that balances sexy glam. Made of polyester, it's got 5% spandex for stretch and a self tie back closure. XS to XL. Buy from Saks Fifth Avenue. 

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  • Theia

    Theia One Shoulder Short Sleeve Gown

    $795

    A perfectly modern way to get the asymmetrical one shoulder look...with sleeves! The lines on this dress—the "Rayna" are gorgeous, from the drape to the wrap. You're sure to feel as cool as you look. Comes in ruby, moss and gray as well. Sizes 0 to 16. Buy from Saks Fifth Avenue. 

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  • Shoshanna

    Shoshanna Lace Cap-Sleeve Gown

    $660

    Understated need not be boring. This column dress is rich with delicate detail—the inctricate lace overlay, the pretty cap sleeve. A choice that will never go out of style. Sizes 0 to 14.

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  • Milly

    Milly Pleated Tie Belt Gown

    $650

    Several brands do versions of this one-shoulder, diagonal pleat style, and with good reason: it's super flattering! We like the "Estell" because there's no side cutout like you sometimes get, and instead, you've got the attached bow to play with at the waist. Love the side slit too—this is a dress that could easily go from day to night. Also comes in rose. Sizes 0-12. Buy from Bloomingdale's. 

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  • Mac Duggal

    Mac Duggal Sleeveless High Neck Beaded Midi Sheath

    $298

     

    When you want to play it cool, and sparkle too. this midi sheath is so modern and sleek—we love the vertical sequins, the back slit, and silver! We can't get enough of metallics for 2024. This versatile dress could work day or night; virtually year round. Get it! Sizes 0 to 24. Buy from Mac Duggal. 

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  • Chiara Boni La Petite Robe

    Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Off Shoulder Cape Sleeve Midi Dress

    $750

    The drama of an off-the-shoulder neckline and illusion cape sleeves; the flexibility of a knee-skimming hemline when a ballgown is a bit too much (or you just want to show a little leg). Ruched bodice made of Chiara Boni's signature stretch fabric. Sizes 2 to 16. Buy from Neiman Marcus. 
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  • Diane Von Furstenberg

    Diane Von Furstenberg Geometric Velvet Maxi

    $798

    The sort of relaxed glam that says you have nothing to prove. The small pattern adds dimension and flair without seeming too loud. We love the v-neckline cutout, the sexy slit, and contrasting details at the waists, cuffs, and hem. The "libby" dress in velvet is a win. Sizes 00 to 16. Buy from DVF.

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  • Chiara Boni La Petite Robe

    Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Peplum Cocktail Dress

    $750

    Elegant and flattering. We love the architectural flair of the peplum. The stretch fabric is forgiving. (See it on a mother of the bride!) A great option for petites. Sizes 2 to 16. Available in other colors. Buy from Saks Fifth Avenue. 

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