What to Wear to Your Engagement Party: 32 Trendy Dresses and Jumpsuits
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 rockin' outfit. As a little engagement gift to you, we've searched the web for the chicest engagement party dresses (and jumpsuits, etcetera) 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, a little background on our selections. When it comes to what to wear to an engagement party, it's really depends on the specific event—and, of course, your personal style. We've included a mix of casual and formal options (for backyard BBQs and fancy dinners alike), with an emphasis on "party" and "cocktail dresses," which are always popular for this celebration. That said, you set the rules and the dress code, which means wear whatever you feel most comfortable in!
In this article:
White Engagement Party Dresses (and More)
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 extra-easy to ID you in the party crowd.)
White lace is definitively bridal; this midi silhouette is undeniably cute. Similar dresses go for hundreds of dollars, so consider this find a steal.
ASTR the Label lace midi dress in White, $89, Nordstrom.com
Speaking of bridal fabrics, let's talk about tulle and just how fun it is to wear. This plus-size engagement party dress isn't your average frilly frock though—the blazer bodice offers unexpected edge.
Buxom Couture tulle blazer dress, $90, CoEdition.com
This ivory number is artfully draped for an oh-so elegant look. If there was ever a time to break out luxe satin, it's now. (Plus, it feels so good on.)
H&M satin dress with tie detail in Cream, $70, HM.com
Consider yourself a diehard prep? Try this lacy, ruffly mini by an iconic preppy brand. The engagement party outfit screams "summer brunch."
Lilly Pulitzer Olive ruffle & lace tiered dress in Resort White, $248, SaksFifthAvenue.com
If you (literally) want to shine, treat yourself to a sequin engagement party dress. This luxe beaded frock has a chic tied waist and long sleeves to balance out the mini skirt. Not sure you're willing to splurge? This dress has plenty of holiday party potential, so at least you know you'll rewear it.
ASOS EDITION linear beaded mini dress in White, $190, ASOS.com
This modern jumpsuit has all the elements of a bridal look—wedding white, pretty lace—without the risk of flashing someone (we love you, pants).
Adelyn Rae Sophie lace jumpsuit in White-Nude, $120, Nordstrom.com
Here's the perfect engagement party outfit for a laid-back affair: a short, breezy wrap dress in crisp white.
cupcakes and cashmere The Catana wrap sundress in White, $108, Nordstrom.com
This ivory dress has a cool, geometric neckline, a twirly skater skirt and pockets—pockets! What's not to love?
Speechless high-neck cutout scuba crepe short skater dress in Ivory, $90, DavidsBridal.com
This simple dress is all sorts of stunning, but we're especially obsessed with the asymmetrical hemline. It's a subtle statement that makes you look effortlessly style savvy.
Halston cutout draped chiffon mini dress, $275, NET-A-PORTER.com
Check out that ruching—can you say ooh-la-la? Embrace your inner smokeshow in this plus-size engagement party dress.
Kiyonna Paloma ruched dress, $116, CoEdition.com
Go all out in this retro jumpsuit with a fun halterneck, lots of sparkly sequins and comfy wide-legged pants. We recommend this look if you plan to dance the night away with all your party people.
Vince Camuto sequin & crepe halter jumpsuit in Ivory, $228, Nordstrom.com
Wrap dresses are tried and true, but this one has a trendy twist: discreetly puffed shoulders with the power to make you feel like a total boss.
ELOQUII wrap front long sleeve sheath dress in White, $80, Nordstrom.com
We're here for this sleek and contemporary off-the-shoulder engagement party dress. Get a hold of that monochrome belt and fishtail skirt.
Badgley Mischka off-the-shoulder scuba dress in Ivory, $375, SaksFifthAvenue.com
It's no surprise this unique, boho dress caught our eye—it's from the eco-friendly brand all the cool girls are wearing. We love the linen look for warmer weather.
Reformation Maxine linen minidress in White, $218, Nordstrom.com
This playful, scalloped dress has fun, chunky sequins. FYI: It pairs great with dangly heart-shaped earrings and a bold, colorful shoe.
ZARA sequin dress with tulle in Ecru, $70, ZARA.com
What's even trendier than off-the-shoulder sleeves? Cold-shoulder sleeves—and this white engagement party dress has them. (It also has a super-cute trim.)
Dress the Population Adrian dress in Off-White, $216, BHLDN.com
This short-sleeve white engagement party dress has the most adorable dotted mesh overlay.
Kiyonna Stars tea length mesh dress in White, $148, Nordstrom.com
We'll say "yes" to this sophisticated halter dress that truly stands out from the other options on the market.
Topshop ivory cross halter neck midi dress, $68, Topshop.com
This plus-size lace frock can be dressed up or down depending on how formal your party is—score.
Sealed with a Kiss Harlow lace dress in White, $90, CoEdition.com
Bring on the ruffles! You'll love how this white engagement party dress floats around you when you walk.
DB Studio flounced cold shoulder short faux-wrap dress, $80, DavidsBridal.com
Alternative Engagement Party Dresses (and More)
You definitely 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, celebration-ready colors, including blush, blue and festive metallics.
Think pink with blush lace, which is honestly almost as bridal as white lace. (Pink wedding dresses are as popular as ever!) The delicate pattern, scalloped trim and strappy back guarantee you compliments.
ASOS DESIGN cami lace midi pencil dress in Rose, $60, ASOS.com
Did you know you can rent designer dresses? Score this casual dress—which retails for almost $700 dollars—for just over $100. We love the floral accents; it's also really comfy.
Rachel Zoe Nicolette dress, from $105 to rent, RenttheRunway.com
Feel like a princess even before the big day in this romantic engagement party dress for brides. The off-the-shoulder sleeves are accented with fairytale-worthy rose appliques. (FYI, The Good Place fans: It's giving us major Tahani Al-Jamil vibes.)
Chi Chi London Brianne off the shoulder high/low cocktail dress in Pink, $110, Nordstrom.com
Who says you can't wear black to an engagement party? This elevated jumpsuit has sheer lace accents that make it stand out.
ZARA mixed jumpsuit with lace in Black, $50, ZARA.com
Still want to nod to the wedding, but don't love white engagement party dresses? Check off your "something blue" now with this pretty wrap maxi.
WAYF Angelina gown in Dusty Blue, $63, Zappos.com
Channel Carrie Bradshaw in this tulle engagement party dress, which pairs well with a leather jacket—perhaps a custom "bride" one?
ModCloth x Collectif Retro Fete twofer dress, $179, ModCloth.com
There's nothing like a metallic outfit to make you feel like a million bucks. This fall and winter frock has an on-trend mock neck, statement blouson sleeves and a ruched mini skirt. Have you ever seen an engagement party dress quite like this?
ASOS DESIGN satin mini dress with ruched skirt and blouson top in Silver, $72, ASOS.com
This beautiful tulle dress is what dreams are made of. The blush hue and floral embroidery are absolutely stunning. Hello, garden engagement party.
Needle & Thread Ashley embroidered tulle mini dress, $250, NET-A-PORTER.com
Here's another floral option as pretty as a bouquet. The romantic engagement party dress, with pops of bridal white, can be rented for a fraction of its retail cost.
Shoshanna Sinclaire dress, from $55 to rent, RenttheRunway.com
In bridal blush, this dramatic plus-size look makes the perfect engagement party dress for a bride. The airy high-low skirt is what really wins us over. It'll make you feel like a goddess.
Morgan and Co lace keyhole plus size halter dress with overskirt in Blush, $100, DavidsBridal.com
The pearly neckline gives this black dress a timeless bridal edge. And you can't beat that price.
H&M wide-cut dress in Black/Beads, $35, HM.com
This wintery engagement party dress was designed by a famous blogger, so you know it's Instagram-worthy. The allover sequins, tulle trim and bow straps make that clear already through.
Gal Meets Glam Collection Diana sequin cocktail dress with satin shoulder ties, $198, Nordstrom.com
Not a bride? Check out this guide for grooms on what to wear to an engagement party.