The choices are endless when it comes to cocktail dresses. There are so many styles to choose from that it’s impossible to pick just one. They come in different lengths, shapes, colors, and materials and are suitable for all occasions.

When it comes to shopping for cocktail dresses, you need to consider the time of year, the type of event, the time of day, and the venue. Here are six must have cocktail dress styles that we’re wearing this season.

Axis Dresses

Axis dresses look very full in the skirt. They flare out from the waist like they are twirling around an axis, hence the name. They are made of a gentle, lightweight fabric that is fun, flirty, and unique.

You’ll stand out in a crowd with a style like this because they’re not common, and we like it that way. We don’t want to be like everyone else. It’s the perfect style for any party. It’s formal enough for a wedding or cocktail party, and you can also wear it to a school dance or a work event.

Mermaid Dresses

Enjoy form-fitting style from your bust to just below your hips. The flare at the knee looks like a mermaid tail, making this style the right amount of elegant and shapely. Elongating the figure and enhancing your curves is the look you need for any formal evening activity. This dress style gives you full coverage and all of the sexy.

Sheath Dresses

Sheath dresses don’t have much shape, but they are the perfect style for women who aren’t very curvy. They even double as great options for your daily work wardrobe. They are comfortable, making them perfect for mingling at next week’s cocktail party, but can be no-nonsense and professional. Plus, with a few colour blocks or geometric patterns, they are really flattering.

Because the shape of the dress is lacking, you can get away with unique designs that stand out. Sheath dresses are anything but boring when you pair them with glamorous heels or a sensible and stylish blazer.

Halter Dresses

Halter top necklines disguise small chests and are the perfect fit if you want to enhance your bust. They draw people’s eyes to your shoulders and make your chest look bigger. While the skirt is usually plain, so it doesn’t detract from the design at the top, they come in a variety of lengths to suit any event.

Off-Shoulder Dresses

Off-shoulder and one-shoulder dresses are all the rage. This asymmetrical style is bold and daring. A form-fitting off the shoulder dress can be formal or sexy, while a soft, draped fabric looks fun and flirty.

You can wear this type of dress to any event because they come in a variety of colours, lengths, and materials. We suggest you own at least one of this style because it’s unique and looks great on everyone.

Strapless

Strapless dresses are youthful and innocent. They draw attention to your face, your hair, and your neckline. You can up your jewellery game with a strapless dress if you choose a simple design and a muted colour.

These types of dresses are great for formal events like hen parties and cocktail parties. You can never have too much bling and a dress like this makes the perfect backdrop for all of your best accessories. They are versatile and adaptable because they come in varying lengths and styles.

Your body type and the event will determine which dress you should wear on what occasion, but you should have at least one of each in your closet ready to go for the next invitation you receive. Head into the season with cocktail dresses for every situation.