22 Party Outfits for All Occasions

What to Wear to a Party

Woman in little black dress on party background

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Your first thought after getting invited to a party is probably wondering what you're going to wear. Whether you live to make an entrance with your outfits, or your style is more understated, we all want to look fashionably put together when we gather with friends. No matter where your invitations take you, get awesome outfit inspiration in our round-up of cute party outfits you can wear to every type of event, as styled by fashion bloggers.

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Statement Sleeves

Woman in short party dress

Brooklyn Blonde

Got a hot invite? Make an entrance in a party dress with statement sleeves. Whether they're puffy as pictured, ruffled, or feature detailed cuffs, it's trendy now to wear your style on your sleeves.

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Little Black Dress

Woman in Little Black Dress

Just a Tina Bit

You can never go wrong wearing a little black dress to parties. We love this flutter sleeve style, and the way this fashion blogger has accessorized her frock, with a gold-tone clutch, a silver statement necklace, and white shoes.

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Lace Dress

Lace Dress

Hello Fashion

A well-fitting lace dress is a fabulous style to stock in your closet. In a midi or knee-length, and a classic dark color (think black, burgundy, navy, or emerald), you'll reach for this style again and again, when invites arrive.

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Neutral Outfit

Woman in neutral party outfit

Penny Pincher Fashion

An outfit in neutral tones conveys a sophisticated vibe that is perfect for art gallery openings, cocktail parties, and other events where you want to impress. Keep your mani-pedi neutral too, to make an utterly elegant impression.

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Work Party Outfit

Woman in leopard top and red skirt

Later Ever After

Here is a sophisticated outfit you can wear to office holiday parties, to look chic and stylish. A fashionable leopard print blouse matches beautifully with a jewel tone skirt with gathered detailing, and classic black high heel pumps.

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Sophisticated Black Outfit

Woman in long black dress

Clark and Stone

Cut a sleek figure for dinner parties or New Year's celebrations in always chic black pants, paired with a slim-fitting black top. Tuck it in (or belt it) to show off your waist, and add visual interest with metallic accessories.

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Bodysuit and Maxi Skirt

Woman in bodysuit and maxi skirt

Lace and Locks

Want to draw attention at fancy events, from gallery openings to wedding receptions, but don't own a ballgown? Copy this style blogger, and fashion a pretty party outfit with a bodysuit worn under a flowing maxi skirt.

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Bombshell Red Dress

Woman in red dress

Jadore Fashion

Turn heads at your fanciest parties in a Hollywood-style slinky red dress. Keep the red carpet theme going with luscious red lipstick, glittering earrings, and high heel shoes in a matching shade.

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Little White Dress

Woman in Little White Dress and Jean Jacket

Not Your Standard

Backyard cookouts and patio parties call for breezy, summery outfits. We love the easy, pretty style of a little white dress and matching sneakers, and this outfit looks great with a denim jacket, when the temperature dips by evening.

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Woman in red dress and leather jacket

Candice Nikeia

Be the fiercest one at the party in a short leather dress with a curve-skimming cut. Double down on this attention-getting look by topping it with a leather jacket, as seen here.

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Stripes and Florals

Woman in striped top and floral skirt

Meagans Moda

Invited to a spring or summer party? Try this stylish alternative to the usual floral dress. A striped tee is a stylish match for a floral print maxi skirt, and adding a floppy hat adds glamour to this effortlessly chic outfit.

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Brocade Dress

Woman in red and black dress

The Style Scribe

Fashion a festive outfit for winter holiday parties in a brocade dress featuring the colors of the season. Carry the color scheme right through your accessories, for a fun and pretty effect.

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Black, White, and Pink Outfit

Woman in striped top and pink skirt

Extra Petite

Need an outfit for a winter wedding rehearsal dinner, or another fancy party in colder weather? Try tucking a slim, black and white striped sweater into a petal pink ballgown-style skirt. Accessorize with a statement necklace, and metallic heels.

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Leather Skirt

Woman in Black Sweater and Leather Skirt

We Wore What

When you're going for a sexy-meets-sophisticated vibe, you can't do much better than this city-chic outfit in a shiny black leather skirt, a soft black cashmere sweater, and black stiletto patent leather boots.

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Pool Party Outfit

Pool Party Outfit

Trend Survivor

If you're lucky enough to be invited to a pool party, you'll want to put some effort into your cover-up. A pretty caftan in a bohemian-style print looks glamorous poolside, and gives you an excuse to carry a cute purse.

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Striped Dress

Woman in Striped Dress

Velvet and Vino

Stripes are practically a neutral in our back. A party dress in a classic striped pattern is wearable for so many occasions, and makes a great closet investment.

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Gold Pleated Midi Skirt

Woman in leather jacket and gold pleated skirt

Hello Hannah

A gold pleated midi skirt is a trendy fashion piece that is easy to style for parties all year round. You can style it as shown here for winter get-togethers, with a leather jacket and black ankle boots.

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Summer Party Outfit

Woman in summer dress

Miki A La Mode

Are you heading to a beach party or pool party this year? An off the shoulder gown in a pretty print, or with playful ruffles (or both, as pictured here), is a fabulous choice for wearing with chunky sandals.

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Holiday Party Look With Leather Leggings

Woman in velvet blazer and leather pants

Hello Rigby

Heading to a holiday party and don't want to wear a dress? Style a festive, rich-looking outfit with a saturated velvet top, and sleek leather leggings.

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Faux Fur and Lace

Woman in fur scarf and red lace dress

Little Blonde Book

Want to wear a summery lace dress to parties in colder months? Layer on cozy accessories, such as the plush faux fur wrap here.

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Galaxy Dress

Woman in outer space themed dress


Style an out of this world look for house parties and cocktail events, in a galaxy-themed mini dress and shiny black ankle boots, topped with a moto jacket.

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Sparkly Cardigan

Woman in metallic silver cardigan and little black dress

The Rubinrose

For festive holiday parties, instead of topping your mini dress with the expected black blazer, try a sparkly gold cardigan. A belted style, such as the one shown here, still shows off your shape.