32 Spectacular Dresses for Your Engagement Party Outfit

You'll steal the show in one of these fashion-forward looks.
Engagement party outfits for the bride
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
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Monica Mercuri
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
Monica Mercuri
Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
  • Monica writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, specializing in fashion commerce content
  • Before joining The Knot Worldwide, Monica was an assistant style and market editor at House Beautiful
  • Monica holds a bachelor's degree in journalism and mass communication from George Washington University's School of Media and Public Affairs
Updated Feb 09, 2022
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Let's raise a toast to your engagement—and to looking amazing at the party. It's your day (well, the first of many) and you deserve a special engagement party outfit that makes you feel like a bride. As a little prewedding gift to you, we're sharing the latest and greatest engagement party dresses on the market. They're all here and ready to shop, but act fast, 'cause we have a hunch these styles will sell out… the best ones always do.

But first, what makes a great engagement dress, anyway? When it comes to what to wear to your engagement party, it really depends on the specific event (think: the venue and season)—and, of course, your personal style. We've included both casual and formal options (for backyard BBQs and fancy dinners alike), as well as a mix of traditional white dresses and some colorful picks for a little variety. That said, you set the rules and the dress code, so wear whatever you're most comfortable wearing!

In this article:

White Engagement Party Dresses

Looking to test drive wedding white? This engagement party attire will make you feel like a bride well before your walk down the aisle. (It'll also make it even easier to find you in the party crowd.) We've pulled plentiful options to get you started—from short, simple engagement dresses to long, sophisticated styles. Now, let's impress those guests!

Reformation Nikita Dress in Ivory

Reformation white engagement dress with fitted bodice and trumpet skirt

We're starting off with a white engagement dress that has a fitted bodice, a ruffled neckline and an elegant trumpet skirt. What's not to love? Style it with nude heels or heeled sandals, colorful jewelry and a rattan bag to tie everything together.

ELLIATT Harley Dress in Ivory

ELLIATT cute engagement midi dress with feathers

This cute engagement party dress brings all the drama. The fun, feathery neckline is so on trend for 2022. Plus, we're fans of the adjustable spaghetti straps and sleek silhouette. You'll love greeting guests and taking pictures in this unique engagement party outfit.

Show Me Your Mumu Jasmine Halter Midi Dress in Ivory Luxe Satin

Show Me Your Mumu ivory halter midi dress for a glamorous engagement outfit

Show Me Your Mumu transformed their best-selling halter maxi into a midi dress—and we're obsessed. You'll feel effortlessly classy in the elegantly draped fabric and beautiful open-back design. Add some nice jewelry and strappy heels or mules for a glamorous engagement party outfit.

Lulus All My Adoration Lace Halter Shift Dress in White

Lulus lace halter engagement party dress

Here's another gorgeous halter engagement dress, this time with the sweetest short silhouette. The floral lace embellishments and sleeveless bodice make it a memorable outdoor spring engagement outfit. To complement the mini length, add bold statement earrings and tall strappy heels or boots.

Express Velvet Ruched-Side Asymmetrical Midi Dress in Moonlight

EXPRESS velvet white engagement party dress

You'll adore the soft feel of this velvet midi engagement party dress. Not only will you look so dressy in the elegant long sleeves and ruched sides, but you'll also stay super warm in the cozy fabric throughout your event. And did you see that subtle slit down the side?

Banana Republic Off-the-Shoulder Sweater Dress in Transition Cream White

Banana Republic off-the-shoulder sweater dress for winter engagement party outfit

A sweater dress is a foolproof option if your engagement party falls during a chillier month. With an off-the-shoulder boat neck and minimalist silhouette, this simple engagement outfit still makes a statement. Accessorize with gold jewelry, neutral pumps and a sparkly purse for extra oomph.

Zimmermann Rosa Button-Detailed Linen Midi Dress in Ivory

Zimmermann linen midi engagement party dress in ivory

While there are plenty of elegant engagement dresses on the market, this linen midi dress is one of our favorite outfits for the bride-to-be. The billowy puff sleeves and scalloped trim are really romantic details. Better yet, the lightweight fabric will keep you cool in warmer weather. Add strappy heels, gold jewelry and a simple clutch for a put-together engagement party look.

ELOQUII Off-the-Shoulder Jersey Dress in Soft White

ELOQUII off-the-shoulder white engagement party outfit

We're all for the sleek fit of this white engagement dress. The sophisticated off-the-shoulder neckline and long sleeves balance out the sexiness of the front cutout. Statement earrings, a cute clutch and nude or sparkly stilettos will complete your engagement party outfit.

ASTR The Label Pacoima Ruffle Pointelle Mini Dress in White

ASTR The Label ruffle mini engagement party dress

If you'd rather slip on a short engagement dress, what about this ultra-chic mini? It has a stylish square neckline, romantic puff sleeves and a classy buttoned bodice. And who could forget that lovely handkerchief skirt? For styling inspo, try delicate jewelry, simple sandals and a small clutch.

Amsale Sleeveless Tiered Tulle Midi Dress in Ivory

Amsale sleeveless tulle engagement party dress in ivory

Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with this statement-making tulle midi dress. The pleated, tiered design is undeniably fun, and the satin tank-top straps are perfect for a spring or summer engagement party. You're more than welcome to accessorize with bright pops of color!

Reformation Twilight Dress in Portofino

Reformation cute engagement dress with polka dots

You'll wow family and friends in this cute engagement dress that's covered in chic polka dots. The dreamy design includes tie straps, a fitted bodice and an elegant leg slit. Try colorful sandals, bold jewelry and a rattan bag to contrast the timeless black and white pattern.

Boohoo Plus Occasion Lace Contrast Midi Dress in Cream

Boohoo plus-size lace engagement dress

This off-white lace engagement dress is a great choice for a formal engagement event. It has beautiful sheer sleeves, a sweet waist tie and a flowy midi skirt. Heighten the look with special accessories, like a shimmery hairpiece.

Reformation Maegan Midi Sundress in Roquefort

Reformation midi sundress for summer engagement party dress idea

White and blue is one of our all-time favorite bridal color combos. With beautiful flowery stripes and lightweight linen fabric, you'll look forward to wearing this casual engagement party outfit in the summertime. Add neutral heels or mule slides, simple jewelry and a stylish sun hat if your party is outdoors.

Payal Jain Archer Mini Dress in Off White

Payal Jain Archer mini engagement dress in off white

You'll adore the botanical accents on this gorgeous mini engagement party dress. The high neckline adds elegance, while the 3D floral embellishments really give it that timeless bridal feel. Accessorize with glittery earrings and statement stilettos for a party-ready look.

ELOQUII Flare-Sleeve Scuba Dress in White

ELOQUII flare-sleeve white engagement party dress

This breathtaking engagement cocktail dress will surely turn heads. We're mesmerized by the form-fitted bodice, classy flare sleeves and sophisticated midi length. The simple style will pair well with gold or silver hoops and neutral-colored pumps.

Faithfull the Brand Janielle Midi Dress in Plain White

Faithfull the Brand white midi engagement party dress for spring engagement party outfit

Minimalist brides-to-be, this white midi engagement dress is for you. It has a high neck, puff sleeves, a tiered skirt and two beautiful back bows. Plus, it's made with breathable linen fabric, so you'll feel comfortable throughout the event. Dress it up with strappy heels and dainty jewelry, or down with nude ballet flats.

Torrid Special Occasion Ivory Lace Off-the-Shoulder Bodycon Dress in Cloud Dancer

Torrid off-the-shoulder white lace engagement dress

You'll get the perfect taste of classic bridal attire in this white lace engagement dress. With luxurious off-the-shoulder sleeves and a midi-length silhouette, you'll feel sexy and stylish in this engagement party outfit. It would look incredible with white or neutral pumps, silver accessories and an embellished headband.

City Chic Sweet Paradise Dress in Ivory

City Chic ivory engagement dress with short puff sleeves

Okay, short puff sleeves are our new favorite thing! We adore how they look on this ivory engagement dress, especially as part of a dreamy off-the-shoulder neckline. The minimalist white design means you can go neutral with your accessories or experiment with color. You'll look incredible either way.

Fame and Partners Tassiah Jumpsuit in Ivory

Fame and Partners off-the-shoulder ivory engagement party jumpsuit

Engagement dresses aren't the only option for brides! You'll feel light and airy in this engagement party jumpsuit. We're swooning over the ruffled strapless neckline, functional pockets and breezy wide legs perfect for a night full of dancing. Wear it with shimmering statement jewelry, white or nude heeled sandals and an elegant clutch.

ELOQUII Split Back Blazer in Soft White

ELOQUII white blazer engagement outfit with wide-leg trousers

Looking for another comfortable engagement dress alternative? This white blazer engagement outfit is a refreshing and super-chic choice (peep the surprise split back!). Pair it with matching wide-leg trousers, colorful pumps and a stylish purse.

Colorful Engagement Party Dresses

You certainly aren't limited to white engagement party dresses—or white wedding dresses, for that matter! We've found engagement party outfits in lots of other popular colors and celebration-ready patterns. Keep scrolling to shop.

Abercrombie & Fitch Tie-Strap Babydoll Midaxi Dress in Dark Green

Abercrombie & Fitch midaxi dress for backyard engagement party

How beautiful would this midaxi dress look at your backyard engagement party? We're loving the stylish tie straps, plunging neckline and tiered skirt. Wedge sandals, a dainty necklace and a small woven bag would complement the simple silhouette nicely.

Quince Mongolian Cashmere Turtleneck Sweater Dress in Heather Gray

Quince engagement party sweater dress in gray

You'll look chic and cozy in this long-sleeve engagement party dress. It's made with buttery-soft Grade-A cashmere for a luxurious wintertime outfit. We love the gray color, but the tan, black or navy would look just as cute. Add dangly earrings, a sleek belt and brown or black booties to finish the look.

Nasty Gal Plus-Size Fringe Detail Wrap Bridal Dress in Black

Nasty Gal plus-size engagement party dress with black fringe

This plus-size engagement party dress isn't your average frilly frock—the black fringe trim offers some unexpected edge. Complete your celebratory outfit with a sparkly headpiece, delicate jewelry and black or nude pumps.

Hemant and Nandita Maya Maxi Dress in Pink & Lime

Hemant and Nandita boho engagement party dress in pink and lime

You'll feel like the star of the show in this boho engagement party dress. Between the lace-trim neckline, whimsical flutter sleeves and allover floral print, we've got major heart eyes. Pair the pink and green maxi with subtle jewelry and neutral-colored heels to complement the vibrant design.

Reformation Stevi Long-Sleeve Dress in Plum

Reformation long-sleeve engagement party dress in plum

You'll look oh-so-sophisticated in this long-sleeve midi engagement dress. The deep plum color is beautifully unique, while the high neckline, side slit and faux buttons exude elegance. Accessorize with glittery jewelry, strappy stilettos and a cute clutch for a standout engagement party outfit.

Faithfull the Brand Nolie Midi Dress in Plain Cornflower Blue

Faithfull the Brand midi blue engagement party dress

We're starry-eyed over this gorgeous blue engagement party dress. With an understated square neckline, shirred bodice, flowy skirt and pockets (score!), there's so much to love. For an effortless summer party look, incorporate gold jewelry, nude sandals and a chic woven bag.

ASOS DESIGN Curve Square Ruched-Neck Midi Dress in Black

ASOS curve black midi engagement party dress outfit

Chances are, you'll be walking around a lot at your engagement party, and this black midi dress—made with lightweight, slightly stretchy fabric—is a great option for maximum comfort. We're also fans of the elegant square neckline, puff sleeves and slightly ruched bust.

LoveShackFancy x Liberty Natasha Dress in D'anjo

LoveShackFancy brunch engagement party outfit

Here's a lovely engagement outfit for the bride that's entirely brunch-worthy. The pretty pink garment has a multicolor floral print, whimsical ruffles and a romantic tiered skirt. A few accessories, like simple earrings and nude heels, will complete the outfit.

Mara Hoffman Sara Organic Cotton Shift Dress in Multi

Mara Hoffman colorful engagement dress for summer engagement party outfit

Embrace color with this breathtaking engagement dress that was made for receiving compliments. Aside from the vibrant design, it has an on-trend square neck, oversized short sleeves and a matching waist tie. To complement the bold colors, try statement earrings, black or nude heels and a neutral-colored clutch.

MANGO Floral Print Dress in Red

MANGO floral engagement party dress in red

Here's another floral option as pretty as a bouquet. The romantic engagement party dress has an allover red-and-white botanical pattern, a refined crew neck and trendy ruffled straps. Add white sandals, simple jewelry and a light denim jacket in case it gets breezy.

Torrid Pleated Midi Dress in Chiffon Multi Stripe

Torrid pleated midi engagement party dress with colorful stripes

Trust us: Everyone will ask you where you got this striped chiffon dress. The scoop neck, pleated skirt and functional pockets make it a total showstopper. Plus, the multicolor pattern is so celebratory. For accessories, consider cute hoop earrings and strappy heels.

Lulus Garden Bliss Cutout Maxi Dress in Dusty Lavender

Lulus maxi engagement party dress in dusty lavender

Effortlessly elegant, this simple maxi gown is a modern engagement party dress you'll look forward to wearing. We love the light purple color for spring or summer, but if your event lands in the fall or winter, try Emerald or Burgundy. Dress it up with silver or gold accessories, metallic heels and a sparkly clutch.

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