The Best Engagement Party Outfits For Celebrating Before The Big Day

Stand out for all the right reasons.

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by Natalie Hammond |

Now that summer is tantalisingly close, you probably have a calendar full of weddings, christenings, birthdays, leaving dos and engagement parties you look forward to/dread, depending on how organised you are in the wardrobe department. And if you're the bride-to-be, that last entry in particular deserves a little bit of extra thought. You're looking for an outfit that will set the tone for the big day (i.e. fabulous) and has whisper of bridal style without being too literal. Or you could just go all out on the glamour front.

There are so many engagement party dresses to choose from, but for something truly special, that will stand out for all the right reasons, De La Vali is a favourite. Cadillac, its halter neck minidress made of white sequins and trimmed with feathers, is a thing of beauty and is guaranteed to bring some theatre to the table. If, on the other hand, you don't want something white, Anna October has the perfect little black dress with a difference. Amy Lynn's sell-out puffball dress, meanwhile, is available in bridal white but also lavender (and actually, would make a rather nice bridesmaids dress). Massimo Dutti's lovely linen range has a raspberry pink, spaghetti-strapped slip that has serious party spirit.

But if you want to avoid dresses altogether, you can always dial up the drama with silky pyjamas (Sleeper's feathered pair is the ultimate party outfit). & Other Stories has an engagement-appropriate co-ord consisting of a voluminous crop top with criss-cross ties around the waist and a wide midi skirt. And for high-summer, you couldn't do better than this lime green short suit from Arket (zingy no?).

Lastly, shoes. By Far's mule sandals, with their delicate ankle strap and gold-toned buckles, will go with jeans, skirts and dresses. Charles & Keith's embellished mules, meanwhile, are an equally safe bet - and could even double as wedding shoes if the party isn't too wild. Happy celebrating!

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SHOP: The Best Engagement Party Outfits

De La Vali, Cadillac Halter Neck Mini Dress In White Sequin, £395
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Anna October, Melancholy Dress, £507
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Amy Lynn, Alexa Milk Puffball Dress, £85
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Sister Jane, Dream Lost Pearls Ruffle Dress, £215
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Sleeper, Feathered-Trimmed Party Pyjama Set, £270
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Massimo Dutti, Long Strappy Linen Dress, £119
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& Other Stories, Volumious Crop Top, £55
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& Other Stories, Wide Midi Skirt, £75
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Arket, Oversized Heavy Linen Blazer, £135
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Arket, Heavy Linen Shorts, £55
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Charles & Keith, Embellished Stiletto Heel Thong Sandals, £59
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By Far, Montana Super Green Gloss Leather, £340
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