If You're Looking For a Showstopping Summer Party Dress, Here Are 27

It would be an understatement to say that party dresses have been languishing in the back of our wardrobes for a considerable amount of time. Sure, we might have pulled them out for the odd birthday Zoom party or Christmas day when we wanted to be extra fancy but most of the time, even when we've been outside, we've stuck to jeans, a tee and maybe a blazer. Party dresses on the other hand have continued to be ignored. Well, no longer, we say! It's time to embrace joyful dressing. Whether or not you have any actual parties coming up, there are plenty of pub-, restaurant-, and picnic-ready frocks that are exactly what you need to lift your mood and break out of any style rut you might be experiencing.

I've gone through quite literally hundreds of dresses that are available right now and found 27 of the best that we'd describe as showstopping. I should point out that I've avoided too much sparkle or sequins as I think for summer most of us are after bold colours and frocks that are comfortable to walk around in if the weather is a little warmer. There's nothing chic about sweating in a party dress. 

With this in mind, I've found a range of dresses from minis to maxis that will work for any occasion. If you are managing to get to a wedding, any of the below will work. But if you're just after something to wow friends for drinks, then we've also got that covered. Keep scrolling for more. 

This might be a simple-looking dress but thanks to the stunning colour and the delicate ruching, it's one to snap up. 

Ghost never fails to create garden party dresses.

One of the hottest colours of the year so far. 

Want to go a bit out-there? Ganni has your back. 

This is exactly what we want to wear for all upcoming parties.

16Arlington's take on party wear always feels fun. 

A more beachy style from Faithfull the Brand but great for warmer summer evenings. 

Another simple dress but will look knock-out with chunky accessories. 

If you've got budget to spend, then don't overlook K-Kid favourite Alessandra Rich.

Knee-high boots would work wonders with this dress. 

Shirt dresses aren't usually party dresses but this one is. It's all in the slit. 

This brand is getting a lot of attention right now, and for good reason. 

Next up, the biggest spring/summer 2021 fashion trends to know. 

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