10 Things To Consider When Buying A Party Dress

Jun 07, 2021
05:00 P.M.
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It's been many months of switching between sweatpants and leggings and getting excited for days when you can wear your jeans. We're ready to start thinking party!


People are ready to step back into their best party outfits. Fashion search engine ShopStyle has already seen a 12% and 24% increase in search for "party dresses" and "evening dresses" in the last two months, respectively.

So while you shop for your perfect party dress, there are some things that you might want to keep in mind. Here are ten things to consider when buying a party dress:

Loose On The Hips


When you are out at a party, chances are you're going to be doing a lot of movement. As such, you don't want to feel held back from living your best life by wearing a restricting dress.

Avoid Bandage Dresses


Of course, there are no real rules and whatever you like and feel comfortable with is the perfect item for you to wear, but short bandage dresses tend to ride up or hug you tightly in a way that might make you reluctant to hit the dance floor.

Themed Dressing


If you're invited to a themed party or get-together, don't be that guest who ignores the instructions to come in dressed for the theme. Show the host that you at least tried.

Arrive And Shine


Don't be shy to play outside of the box by picking out something bright and sparkly. Nothing screams party like a shiny sequin mini dress or one-piece.

Think Mini


A mini dress or skirt allows you to show off your shoes and legs with a fun yet comfortable. They're inherently merry and party-ready.

Silky Slip Dresses


A silky slip dress, especially if it's short or has a leg-bearing slit, is as party as they come. Opt for a simple satin or silk dress or go backless for a flirtier party look.



When picking out your dress, think carefully about what you want to be wearing on your feet. If at some point you want to switch from heels to sneakers, consider whether your dress still works with both options.

The Occasion


When picking out a dress for a party, think about whether or not you'll be able to enjoy the party ion what you plan to wear. If you feel like your dress might make you feel odd and hold you back from being present, try another look.

Feel Confident


Try to strike a balance between being comfortable and feeling fresh and confident. If you feel good, it can radiate outwards.


Part of what makes a dress look even more flattering on you is that it fits you well. When straps are loose or the waistline sitting right, it can take away from the dress and how you look in it. As such, you might consider getting your dress altered to look perfect on you.