Chic and Elegant Cocktail Dresses for Weddings: This Year’s Latest Styles

We are certain you will fall in love with this collection of chic and elegant cocktail dresses. The latest trends and most adorable ensembles!! 😉

Soft pink ruffled dropwaist high-low hem daytime cocktail dress with side pockets and pullover styling by Anthropologie "Camellia"

Soft pink ruffled dropwaist high-low hem daytime cocktail dress with side pockets and pullover styling by Anthropologie “Camellia”

Are you dreading that upcoming event because you have nothing to wear?  Never fear, ladies! You do not have to dust off that same old dress you wear year after year. We have your rundown of 2017 trends for chic and elegant cocktail dresses.

Long and Short Cocktail Dresses: 2017 Trends

Let’s take a look at what this year has brought to the runway and – hopefully – into our closets!

Long live geometric patterns! They re-define a confident look with exaggerated lines, pleats, drapes and volume. Crop top dresses were all over the runway this year, look for this cutting edge trend in bold prints and vibrant colors.

Metallics like deep blue with iridescent tones and bright colors like pink, bubble gum pink, deep cherry and soft pastel pink!

No matter long or short, the shimmery rose gold continues to dominate the market. Perfect for a variety of skin tones rose golds and blushes can easily balance out boxy geometric patterns.

The ball gown skirt is making a comeback! Many of these full skirt styles are paired with lace or sequined crop tops. The Illusion style is growing more popular by the day. These elegant cocktail dresses feature skin-toned material peeking out of lace or mesh. The backs of these evening dresses feature sheer materials and embellishments such as buttons or jewels.

The sparkle remains prominent as a 2017 trend, so let’s shine ladies! Short evening dresses in geometric patterns have all over beading that creates a shimmer. Long and sheer is popular with sequins tucked under the lace to give the wearer a soft glow. Minis are out. Those feeling a little more daring and futuristic can opt for sheath dresses covered in sequins or satiny metallic material.

Elegant cocktail dresses by Georges Hobeika Spring 2017 Couture | Lanvin 2017 RTW | Marchesa 2017 collection.

Elegant cocktail dresses by Georges Hobeika Spring 2017 Couture | Lanvin 2017 RTW | Marchesa 2017 collection.

Beautiful flowing cocktail dress in bonded crepe from the Peter Langner evening spring summer 2017 collection,

Beautiful flowing cocktail dress in bonded crepe from the Peter Langner evening spring summer 2017 collection.

For a very formal affair consider a geometrically shaped pink dress with a black sash belt like this evening gown by Peter Langner, Spring/Summer 2017 Collection.

For a very formal affair consider a geometrically shaped pink dress with a black sash belt like this evening gown by Peter Langner, Spring/Summer 2017 Collection.

Dreamy! Sleeveless scoop neck and sheer sheath evening dress by Berta 2017 RTW.

Dreamy! Sleeveless scoop neck and sheer sheath evening dress by Berta 2017 RTW.

Plus Sized Cocktail Dresses for Weddings: Les Chic Evening Gowns

Designers are getting it right for the plus sized cocktail dress in 2017. Full skirts are knee length or shorter and have waistlines that flatter your curves. Many evening dresses feature belts or draping in the “right” places.

We absolutely adore geometric patterns as they help draw attention to them and disguise a few problem areas. The illusion lace and mesh styles meet flowy features such as ruffles, bustiers, and empire waists allowing you to play with lines where you need them most.

Remember to leverage the little black dress. It will never go out of fashion and every woman must own at least one LBD dress. Ideally you should have several of these elegant cocktail dresses with different cuts and details. This season, the little black dress is recommended to us by many designers such as Dolce & Gabbana, Marchesa, and Osman.

This black illusion neckline evening dress has sheer beaded sleeves. The skirt on this plus size formal gown is flowing and elegant. Darius Couture USA. Photo by Daniele Venturelli/amfAR15.

This black illusion neckline evening dress has sheer beaded sleeves. The skirt on this plus size formal gown is flowing and elegant. Darius Couture USA. Photo by Daniele Venturelli/amfAR15.

Adorable plus size two piece satin ball gown dress by David's Bridal. Great for both daytime or evening functions.

Adorable plus size two piece satin ball gown dress by David’s Bridal. Great for both daytime or evening functions.

Floral patterns are so in for spring! What we love most about this little black dress is how it is dressy, yet casual enough for almost any occasion! A Night To Remember Dress by Perfectly Priscilla Boutique.

Floral patterns are so in for spring! What we love most about this little black dress is how it is dressy, yet casual enough for almost any occasion! A Night To Remember Dress by Perfectly Priscilla Boutique.

Stunningly chic plus size cocktail dress with a crochet trim cold-shoulder by global fashion.

Stunningly chic plus size cocktail dress with a crochet trim cold-shoulder by global fashion.

Elegant Cocktail Dresses with Sleeves: Our Favorites!

This year’s statement sleeves and oversized shoulders definitely stole our hearts. Look ultra chic in elegant cocktail dresses with sleeves. This year’s trends are showing long sleeves for both long and short cocktail dresses and crop top dresses with sleeves are all over the runway.

Other popular options for dresses with sleeves are peasant style sleeves, shoulder cut-outs or three-quarter length sleeves. Choose yours from the many dresses with illusion designs have sheer lace or mesh sleeves.

Love the neck and sleeves on this simple yet elegant cocktail dress! La Petite Robe by Chiara Boni Spring 2017 Ready To Wear.

Love the neck and sleeves on this simple yet elegant cocktail dress! La Petite Robe by Chiara Boni Spring 2017 Ready To Wear.

Relaxed fit matte sequin dress with three quarter sleeves and a low back by Luna B.

Relaxed fit matte sequin dress with three quarter sleeves and a low back by Luna B.

The little black dress will never go out of fashion. Check out these embellished and elegant cocktail dresses by Berta Ready To Wear Fall 2017 collection!

The little black dress will never go out of fashion. Check out these embellished and elegant cocktail dresses by Berta Ready To Wear Fall 2017 collection!

Chic and Elegant Cocktail Dresses for Wedding Inspiration Photo Gallery

  • Absolutely breathtaking and elegant black dress by Romona Keveza.

    Absolutely breathtaking and elegant black dress by Romona Keveza.
  • Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Romona Keveza.

    There's beauty in the simplicity of the lines of this little black dress that leaves us breathless Spring 2017 Ready-to-Wear Romona Keveza.
  • Out of the 2017 Ready-to-Wear Cushnie et Ochs runway!

    Out of the 2017 Ready-to-Wear Cushnie et Ochs runway a little black dress that will definitely leave a lasting impression.
  • Embellished evening gown from the fall 2017 RTW Badgley Mischka collection,

    Embellished evening gown from the fall 2017 RTW Badgley Mischka collection,
  • Georges Hobeika 2017 collection.

    Delicate and elegant embroidered dress with ball gown skirt by Georges Hobeika 2017 collection.
  • Stunning evening gown from the pre-fall 2017 Marchesa collection.

    Raspberry pink and 3-D embroidered roses on this stunning evening gown from the pre-fall 2017 Marchesa collection.
  • Fall 2017 RTW collection by Pamella Roland.

    Shimmer sheer and shimply fabulous from the fall 2017 RTW collection by Pamella Roland.
Navy blue sheath dress by Carolina Herrera | Bright yeallow and pink Edward Arsouni | Balmain Pre-fall 2017.

Navy blue sheath dress by Carolina Herrera | Bright yeallow and pink Edward Arsouni | Balmain Pre-fall 2017.

We hope you enjoyed our picks of chic and elegant cocktail dresses for weddings and that this adorable collection has helped you choose your next evening dress!

Geometry is art in this Romona Keveža Spring Summer 2017 mullet-style little black dress.

Geometry is art in this Romona Keveža Spring Summer 2017 mullet-style little black dress.

From the Spring 2017 collections by Marchesa, Tony Ward and Zac Posen, a trio of elegant cocktail dresses for wedding to shine through the night.

From the Spring 2017 collections by Marchesa, Tony Ward and Zac Posen, a trio of elegant cocktail dresses for wedding to shine through the night.

Formal plus-size floor-length evening dress with embellished v-neck, bodice and three-quarter length sleeves by Simply Dresses.

Formal plus-size floor-length evening dress with embellished v-neck, bodice and three-quarter length sleeves by Simply Dresses.

Chic and sexy Elisabetta Franchi Spring 2017 RTW evening gown.

Chic and sexy Elisabetta Franchi Spring 2017 RTW evening gown.

Show off your wispy figure with a short black chiffon Halter evening gown. Created by Luulia.

Show off your wispy figure with a short black chiffon Halter evening gown. Created by Luulia.

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  1. Paola
    Paola says:

    Oh my! These cocktail dresses are stunning!!! Thank you for sharing!! I may look into one from Zac Posen! Swoon!!

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