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The best designer party dresses for unadulterated glam

Check out the pieces we're lusting after for our next big night out...

Model wearing feathered Bardot party dress
Orin Carlin
Content Writer
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As any self-respecting fashion fanatic knows, not all dress codes were created equal. 

Easy-breezy smart casual is appropriate for some occasions, whereas others demand all-eyes-on-me, bound-to-stop-traffic-grade glamour.

For such occasions? Only a statement party dress will hit the spot, and ahead of the new season we've lined up a few of our current lust-haves…

How we chose:

  • Style and party-appropriate: When combing through the internet's top fashion sites for the best party dresses, we made sure that each of our picks felt glamorous and striking for SS24
  • Brand: If you're in the mood to splurge, you're in safe hands. We've curated our edit with a designer angle in mind, perfect for finding that special, one-off purchase that you can rewear for seasons to come.

Hello! Fashion shares the designer party dresses we're currently lusting after: 

  • Best Designer Party Dresses

    Bow-Embellished Ruffled Polka-Dot Silk-Crepe Mini Dress

    Alessandra Rich

    Wear with...

    Sheer tights, patent ankle-strap platforms and a super-smooth, side-parted blow dry.

    Cut from polka-dot silk-crepe, this piece by Alessandra Rich features a timeless, daytime print classic, and yet the addition of 80s-inspired puff sleeves and a frill-lined plunging neckline give it an unmistakably 'cool-girl after-hours' feel. Saccharine splendour, if ever we saw it. 

  • Model wearing green and yellow mini dress

    Cutout Wave-Sequinned Georgette Mini Dress


    Wear with...

    A pearl-encrusted micro bag and minimalist mules. 

    Steeped in playful, holiday spirit, this number by exuberant label Ashish feels richly evocative of the 1970s. I'm a sucker for a keyhole cut-out, it always brings a beautiful, sultry energy, and the embellishment is just mesmerising.

  • Carioca Strapless Feather-Trimmed Stretch-Jacquard Mini Dress

    Leslie Amon

    Wear with...

    Metallic Mary Janes and a scarlet lip.

    Party perfection? Consider it done. This piece by swimwear label Leslie Amon is so up my street, it's hard to bear. The Bardot neckline is steeped in character, and the frothy feathers are a textural triumph. The main body is cut from a stretch-infused jacquard for a flattering, streamlined fit.

  • Zimmermann red voluminous dress

    Natura Tiered Gathered Silk-Organza Halterneck Mini Dress


    Wear with...

    A plunging pendant and bedazzled ballet flats. 

    Punchy and categorically high impact, this piece by Zimmermann pays tribute to the hottest hue of the season. The billowy silhouette feels ethereal, almost deific, and I love the drama of the deep plunge alongside the delicacy of the halter strap.

  • U-Neck Satin Mini Dress


    Wear with...

    Mesh flats and a structured top-handle bag.

    This voluminous mini by Shushu/Tong is a joy to behold. Cut from black satin, it feels distinctly cool, and I am utterly obsessed with the ruffle neckline and crystal bow combo. Not a want but a need.

  • Model wearing sequin and feather cream party dress

    Tona Sequinned Satin Mini Dress


    Wear with...

    A super-sleek, flicky ponytail and metallic boots (I'm thinking Terry de Havillands). 

    Presenting a flamboyant take on a classic shift, this piece by fashion editor-adored partywear label 16Arlington positively radiates fun. Featuring translucent sequins and ostrich feathers, it champions pretty texture, without it feeling overloaded. 

  • Silver one-shoulder sequin dress

    Josselin One-Shoulder Bow-Detailed Sequined Crepe Mini Dress


    Wear with...

    Dangly, chainmail earrings and buckle kitten heels.

    Flashy and opulent, this one-shoulder number by Bernadette is serving major disco vibes. I adore the asymmetric shoulder draping, it has a beautifully fluid feel, and I reckon it's a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. 

Why you should trust me:

Orin Carlin is Hello! Fashion’s SEO Content Writer. Promising to leave no stone unturned in the name of fashion and beauty journalism, she is the proud creator of our ‘Try The Trend’ series. With a particular interest in formula innovation, microtrends, royal and bridal beauty, perfume, rituals, treatments, fashion history and vintage icons, she can either be found interviewing major industry names (previous subjects include Georgia May Jagger, Mary Greenwell and Sam McKnight) or scouring the internet for must-have pieces. It's not just a job; it's a personal quest to unearth noteworthy pieces that resonate with style and beauty enthusiasts.

HELLO!'s selection is editorial and independently chosen – we only feature items our editors love and approve of. HELLO! may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. To find out more visit our FAQ page.

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