30 Colorful Cocktail Dresses for Summer
Summer wedding season is just getting started, and it’s time to stock up on the long, the short, the peplum, the one-shoulder, and the strapless, in every color under the sun. And brides, you can thank us later for making your bridesmaid dress search a wee bit easier.
Between all of the folks here at Brit & Co., we’re going to over 30 weddings, rehearsal dinners, launch parties, etc between now and September. For dudes, the question of what to wear is as simple as a blue, navy, gray, beige or seersucker suit. For the ladies, however, it’s tough to know where to begin. Consider this color-organized dress guide a mood board for summer style – we hope it helps you find a few perfect dresses for all your big summer events! (P.S. For each color family, dresses are listed from left to right.)
Pink & Red
Romance runs rampant at weddings, and you can’t help but blush as the happy couple exchanges vows. Outfit yourself in a dress to match your rosy hue.
1. Lucille Dress in Cotton-Silk Faille ($168)
2. Mini Dress with Maxi Overlay ($92)
3. Sachin + Babi Sweetest Revenge Maxi (Rental $100)
4. Louisa Dress in Silk Chiffon ($250)
5. Alice by Temperley Tiered Tulip Dress (Rental $60)
Orange & Yellow
Or perhaps you want to take color inspiration from mimosas, sunshine, and poppies?
6. Tibi Featherweight Sandwashed Dress ($675)
7. Haute Hippie Halter Dress Clementine ($375)
8. Sequin Drop Waist Maxi ($125)
9. Moschino Lemon Print Ruffle Dress (Rental $75)
10. Gabby Dress in Cotton Taffeta ($180)
Nothing beats the small of freshly cut grass in the summertime. And admit it, you’re a little bit green with envy. ;)
12. BCBG Palais One Shoulder Dress ($248)
13. Rainforest Maxi Dress Nicole Miller ($75)
14. Indah Fahna Dress ($58)
15. Sophia Dress in Tricotine ($140)
Blue & Purple
Violets are blue, and your dress is too! Any of these dresses would look great paired with simple gold accessories.
16. Arabelle Dress in Silk Chiffon ($250)
17. Racer Back Chiffon Dress ($67)
18. Shoshanna Strapless Printed Maxi Dress ($615)
19. Tbags Los Angeles Print Maxi Dress ($216)
20. Herve Leger A Line Ombre Dress ($1,590)
Beige & Brown
Feeling an earthier vibe? Embrace beige, brown, and other neutral tones as the summer sun sets on a new pair of newlyweds.
21. Diane von Furstenberg Liluye Short Dress ($445)
22. Haute Hippie Ruffle Maxi Dress ($625)
23. Halston Heritage Belted Drape Dress ($375)
24. Midi Dress with Open Back ($47)
25. Sultry Safari Dress (Rental $75)
Gray & Black
Black tie weddings in the summer can definitely be tough, but this quintet of grayscale goodness should get you off to a good start.
26. Herve Leger Stormy Skies Bandage Dress (Rental $150)
27. Halston Heritage Draped Sleeveless Dress ($375)
28. Nicole Miller Noir Lace Cocktail Dress (Rental $65)
29. Taryn Long Dress in Silk Chiffon ($365)
30. DKNY Lace Peplum Dress ($325)
Don’t forget to bring flats for all those late night wedding reception dance parties! What are your go-to online shops for cocktail dresses? Got any favorite dresses from our list? Let us know in the comments below or say hi on Twitter.