Outfits to Wear to an Engagement Party

Last updated: February 14, 2022

Never underestimate the power of dressing correctly for a specific occasion. When it comes to an engagement party, there is party etiquette you should take into consideration before choosing your outfit. Whether you are the bride-to-be or a guest, be sure here you’ll find all the styling tips and options to choose. The dress code can differ wildly from evening soirees to garden cocktail parties. Keep reading for more inspiration!

What to wear as a bride-to-be

As long as you’ve decided the theme of your engagement party, it’s more likely to choose the perfect outfit and dress accordingly to the occasion. Avoid anything too dark since you want all the light and glam you need for this special day. Think off-white, pale yellow, cream-white, or champagne. Or, if you prefer a bold appearance, you better do it all the way. Have fun with colors, such as red, fuchsia, blue even green, and experiment with different textures, such as a velvet gown, a sequined jumpsuit, or a summer white linen dress!

Total White 

Since you own the white color for this day, GO FOR IT! A total, monochromatic white look is a classic choice for brides-to-be at engagement parties. Opt for a long white dress, a white blazer, pantsuit, or even a jumpsuit. As for shoes, a pair of champagne-colored sandal heels is tres chic.

Bright & Bold

Think about bold, bright hues and intricate patterns if you’re looking to ditch traditions. Prints are often an excellent way to add the ‘wow’ factor to an outfit. Especially if you’re planning a summer engagement party in front of the sea, choose a more simple cotton print dress or a printed silk maxi dress with a high slit. Style them with strappy heel sandals or mules and dazzling accessories, such as a diamond necklace or chandelier earrings. Make a statement in a fuchsia maxi dress and red pumps. You can also incorporate a polka dot print to your clothing or heels to add personality to your look.

What to wear as a guest

Black Tie

When it comes to a black-tie party, the perfect little black dress hanging in your closet is ready to make its debut. You have to respect the dress code, in that case, the black-tie that equals formality and elegance. Usually, it takes place in the nighttime, giving you plenty of black options. Except for black, you can also get dressed in a dark navy blue color and opt for an off-the-shoulder midi dress or a floor-grazing gown; both are best suited for a black-tie affair.

Boho Chic

If you’re invited to an engagement party in a whimsical woodsy setting, you have plenty of options to choose from. Go for a romantic and flowy dress covered in lace, tulle, linen, or silk satin fabric. Opt for pastel shades, like dusty pink, baby blue, buttery yellow, or cream white to match the overall dreamy aesthetic.

As for patterns, a floral printed off-the-shoulder dress is ideal for this type of outdoor party. Accessorize with a cute headband and a mini clutch bag. Just add a strappy heel, and you’re good to go for a wedding. Choosing a casual dress like this is not only wedding-appropriate but also suitable for hanging out with your friends on weekends or putting on a blazer over it belted to wear to work.

Cocktail Garden Party

Most engagement parties are taking place in outdoor locations. If you are attending a garden cocktail ceremony, opt for a dressy yet casual outfit. You can choose a breathable embroidered dress for daytime cocktail attire, or f it is nighttime, go for something darker. Since there is a cocktail dress code, it’s safer to wear a dress at or slightly above, knee-length and high heels. In case you want to try something different, a romper is a great choice to flaunt your legs, especially if mini dresses are not your cup of tea. Style it with nude pump heels to make your legs look taller and slimmer for maximum effect.

Semi-formal Dinner

Wondering what to wear to a dressier dinner? A sleek and sophisticated jumpsuit is all you need for this occasion. Dress it up with satin heels and a pair of pearl earrings. Jumpsuits are great since they offer the right balance of comfort and elegance.
From cropped to floor-length cuts, find the one that best compliments your silhouette and cinch your waist with a nice belt to show off your curves!