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The Guest’s Guide to Engagement Party Dressing

Appropriate engagement party attire can range anywhere from laid-back to formal, but you’ll always want an outfit that is polished and put-together.

The Guest’s Guide to Engagement Party Dressing
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What exactly should you wear to a summer engagement party? The truth is, the event’s level of formality will depend on the hosts. Appropriate attire can range anywhere from casual to semi-formal, so look for cues in the invitation. But regardless, you’ll always want an outfit that is polished, put-together, and camera-ready. Ahead, we’re sharing two outfit formulas that work for each end of the spectrum. 

Traditional take

For a nighttime party, a cocktail dress is the perfect choice. Play off the amorous mood of the evening in a dreamy pastel hue with a romantic silhouette, like an off-the-shoulder neckline or a flounced hem. Make sure to highlight the femininity of your look by adding heels in a complementary color and a floral-patterned clutch. Seal the deal with a statement necklace for a touch of sparkle that feels just right. 

Trendy update

Diamonds may be a girl’s best friend, but denim is a close second. It’s possible to wear a pair of your favorite jeans to a casual daytime fête without looking too relaxed—but stick to white or colored denim, and stay far away from distressed styles. Try a cropped wide-leg silhouette to channel graceful movement, similar to that of a dress. Style with a silky tank and a structured blazer on top, then complete your chic ensemble with modern accessories. 

Whether you prefer a more traditional look or opt for something trendier, always make sure to use the time of day and venue as a guide to help you determine how dressed-up to go.