26 Spectacular Dresses for Your Engagement Party Outfit

You'll steal the show in one of these fashion-forward looks.
collage of three engagement party outfits for the bride
Monica Mercuri - The Knot Assistant Fashion Commerce Editor
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 Jun 16, 2023
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Let's raise a toast to your engagement—and to looking amazing at the party. It's your day and you deserve a special engagement party outfit that makes you feel like the best version of yourself. 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 options for every wedding dress code (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! (And make sure to check out our top 2023 wedding dress trends for even more outfit inspiration.)

In this article:

Our Favorite 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 Belgium Linen Dress in White

trendy white engagement party dress with puffed sleeves

We're starting off with a white engagement dress that has puffed sleeves, a smocked back and a tired midi skirt with a split. What's not to love? Style it with nude heels or heeled sandals, colorful jewelry and a rattan bag to tie everything together.

Size range: 0-12

Bridal by ELOQUII Tiered Ruffle Dress in True White

This plus-size white engagement party dress is one of our go-to styles for the bride-to-be. From the ruffled sleeves and tie detail at the bodice to the tiered skirt, you'll get lost in all of the romantic details. Throw in floral mules, gold jewelry and a simple clutch.

Size range: 14-28

ELLIATT Petrea Dress in White

This white engagement party dress brings all the drama. The feather trim is so on trend for 2023, 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.

Size range: XS-XL

Nasty Gal Feather Trim Satin Swing Dress in White

Straight from Nasty Gal's new bridal shop, here's another plumed silhouette that's undeniably fun. The flamboyant engagement party swing dress, crafted from satin, boasts a flowy silhouette and long sleeves topped with fluffy feather trim. Another idea? This style could also work as a fashion-forward wedding after-party outfit.

Size range: 0-12

BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress in Ivory

midi white engagement dress with cowl neckline

We've found the ideal midi white engagement dress to consider—and it's available in both plus and standard sizes. The graceful cowl neckline and refined silhouette make it a memorable outdoor or indoor engagement outfit. To complement the midi, add bold statement earrings and strappy heels.

Size range: 0-26W

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

engagement party midi dress with halter neckline

Show Me Your Mumu transformed their best-selling halter maxi into a midi dress—and we're obsessed. You'll feel so oh-so-classy in the draped fabric and open-back design. Incorporate nice jewelry and strappy heels or mules for an on-trend engagement party outfit.

Size range: XXS to XXL

Petal & Pup Tuscany Dress in White

chic short engagement dress for the bride with puffed sleeves and square neckline

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 mini skirt. For styling inspo for an outdoor summer engagement party, try delicate jewelry, simple sandals and a woven clutch.

Size range: XXS-XXL

Showpo I Got A Feeling One-Shoulder Side Split Knee-Length Dress in White

one-shoulder engagement dress for the bride with bow detail and side slit

This breathtaking engagement dress for the bride will surely turn heads. Our favorite parts are the one-shoulder neckline topped with an oversized bow detail and the subtle slit on the midi skirt. This minimalist style will pair well with gold or silver hoops and bow-topped pumps.

Size range: 0-16

Formal Engagement Party Dresses

If you're planning on throwing an engagement party with formal dress code, then you need a dressy outfit to match the occasion. We've rounded up white and colorful formal engagement party dresses that feel refined and stylish, from flutter-sleeve maxis to velvet frocks.

BHLDN Isabella Dress in Pink Combo

pleated tiered floral maxi dress for your engagement party

Channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw with this statement-making maxi dress for your engagement party. The pleated, tiered design is so stylish, while the deep floral print exudes elegance. Best of all, the pink hue is perfect for engagement parties all-year round.

Size range: 0-18

Sau Lee Amelia Cutout Gown

You'll wow family and friends in this cute engagement dress that's covered in botanicals. The dreamy rental gown includes a cut-out design, frilled straps, and a long maxi skirt. For spring and summer functions, pair it with colorful heeled sandals and a woven purse.

Size range: 0-12

Lulus Absolutely Amazed Velvet Flutter Sleeve Maxi Dress in Navy Blue

velvet engagement party dress with flutter sleeves

You'll adore the soft feel of this velvet maxi engagement party dress. Not only will you look so dressy thanks to the flutter sleeves and V-neckline, but you'll also stay super warm in the cozy fabric and floor-sweeping skirt.

Size range: XS-3X

Bridal by ELOQUII Embellished Blazer in True White

You totally don't have to wear a dress to your engagement party if that's not your vibe. A sleek alternative is this luxe blazer with a flared peplum with embellished rhinestone trim. Buy the coordinating pants for a sleek engagement party outfit.

Size range: 14-28

Marcella NYC Manhattan One-Shoulder Gown in Black

black engagement party gown with unique one-shoulder neckline

Make a bold statement in this engagement party gown with a unique one-shoulder neckline and mermaid skirt. The formal silhouette also has a polished long sleeve that leads into a sexy-yet-tasteful open back. Most importantly, you can rewear this versatile black gown to other formal events.

Size range: XS-XXXL

Michael Costello x REVOLVE Nolan Maxi Dress in Light Blue

something blue engagement party dress with simple design

We're starry-eyed over this gorgeous something blue engagement party dress. With an understated round neckline, open back and side splits, there's so much to appreciate. For an effortless summer party look, throw in gold jewelry, nude sandals and a feather clutch.

Size range: XXS-XL

V. Chapman Maile Gown

This floral engagement party dress is as pretty as a bouquet. It boasts a subtly colorful botanical pattern, a long v-neck and trendy self-tie sleeves. Add drop earrings and heeled sandals to complement this spring or summer outfit.

Size range: 00-10

Cocktail Engagement Party Dresses

If you're looking for a cocktail engagement party dress, we've handpicked the trendiest styles so you don't have to. Plus, cocktail attire is all about having fun with your accessories—so feel free to throw in statement jewelry, cute hairpieces, sparkly shoes and embellished clutches to heighten your outfit.

Sachin & Babi Vienna Dress in Ivory

white cocktail engagement dress with statement bow

We're all for a big statement bow (which happens to be one of our 2023 bridal accessory trends). You'll get the perfect taste of classic bridal attire in this white cocktail engagement dress. We also have to call out the chic split-V strapless neckline and sumptuous brocade satin fabric.

Size range: 0-26W

Adrianna Papell Plus-Size Art Deco Cocktail Dress with Halter Neck in Ivory

plus-size cocktail dress for the engagement party with sparkly silhouette

Here's a glamorous short silhouette that feels special enough for your engagement party. The sheath dress, available in plus and standard sizes, is completed with a halter neckline and a sleeveless blouson bodice. Bonus: Use the code "THEKNOT25" to receive $25 off your order.

Size range: 14-26

Boohoo Petite Halter Ruffle Satin Maxi Dress in Black

For fall and winter engagement parties, this petite satin maxi dress is a foolproof option for cold-weather functions. Dress it up with a chic blazer and glittery accessories, like statement crystal drop earrings and a glittery clutch, to make it cocktail-appropriate.

Size range: Petite 2-10

ASOS DESIGN Curve Pleated Batwing Midi Dress in Magenta

barbiecore pink engagement party dress with long sleeves

You certainly aren't limited to white engagement party dresses—or white wedding dresses, for that matter! This plus-size engagement dress is the epitome of Barbiecore, thanks to the vibrant Magenta hue and romantic silhouette.

Size range: 12-26

ASTR The Label Lace A-Line Midi Dress in White

Covered in timeless lace, we simply adore this cocktail engagement dress with slim shoulder straps and a V-neckline. Better yet, the rich wine design means you can go neutral with your accessories or experiment with color. You'll look incredible either way.

Size range: XS-XXL

Lulus Elegant Occasion Sequin One-Shoulder Midi Dress in Silver

sparkly one-shoulder silver engagement party dress with midi skirt

For a holiday-themed engagement party outfit, try this sparkly silver number. The one-shoulder neckline feels modern and trendy, while sequin embellishments really give it that celebratory feel. Accessorize with dangle earrings and statement stilettos for an engagement party-ready outfit.

Size range: XS-XL

Casual Engagement Party Dresses

For those planning on throwing a casual engagement party, don't fret. There are beautiful, laid-back frocks that still pack a punch in the fashion department. Whether you're having a backyard bash or themed brunch, we've gathered options for every casual vibe.

Banana Republic Colleta Off-Shoulder Sweater Dress

A sweater dress is a foolproof option if your engagement party falls during a chillier month. With a cozy over-the-shoulder neckline and minimalist silhouette, this simple engagement outfit still makes a big statement. Accessorize with gold jewelry, over-the-knee boots, and a bedazzled purse for extra oomph.

Size range: Standard XXS-XXL, Petite XXS-L, and Tall S-XL

City Chic Magnolia Floral Maxi Dress in Sage

Trust us: Everyone will ask you where you got this floral maxi dress. The wrap-style silhouette, maxi skirt, and romantic blooms make it a total showstopper for spring engagement parties. For accessories, consider cute hoop earrings and strappy heels.

Size range: XXS-XXL

Spell Clementine Mermaid Maxi Dress in Cream

boho engagement party dress with off-the-shoulder neckline and ruffles

You'll feel like the star of the show in this boho engagement party dress. Between the off-the-shoulder neckline, ruffle accents and metallic thread details, we've got major heart eyes. Pair this neutral maxi with colorful jewelry for a one-of-a-kind ensemble.

Size range: XS-XL

Lane Bryant Ribbed Polo Wrap Midi Dress in Black

plus-size black midi dress for the engagement party

Chances are, you'll be walking around a lot at your engagement party, and this plus-size black midi dress—made with buttery soft ribbed fabric—is a great option for maximum comfort. We're also fans of the elegant V-neck, tie wrap and midi skirt for dressy casual attire.

Size range: 10-40

FARM Rio Black Macaw Forest Midi Dress in Blue

colorful blue floral engagement party dress with long sleeves

Embrace color with this engagement dress that was made for receiving compliments. Aside from the vibrant botanical design, it boasts a detailed bodice topped with beaded tassels, tasteful cutouts and long sleeves. To complement the bold colors, you can't go wrong with neutral accessories.

Size range: XS-XL

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