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17 Cocktail Dresses Tailor-Made for the Summer Wedding Circuit

Of all the wedding dress codes that exists—black tie, white tie, "island formal" (seriously—it's a thing)—requested cocktail attire is probably the best deal you can get. Since it basically means "wear something fancy, but like, not too fancy," most appropriate outfits will also work for the office, dinner and drinks with just a few simple tweaks, giving you a built-in excuse to buy something you already wanted. Take full advantage of this get-out-jail-free shopping card now with the 17 wedding guest/whatever-you-really-want-them-for dresses below.

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You can also wear it next fall with a pair of ankle boots.


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Especially lovely if your eyes are also blue.

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Balance that wild print with a demure kitten-heeled slingback for a wedding; swap those out for ballet flats and a blazer, and you're set for a 9-to-5 day of meetings.


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A black sheath is a sound investment, wedding or not.

 
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You won't be finding a floral dress like this in your great-auntie's hope chest.

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When scuba divers get gussied up.


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This color only looks formal in summer, so enjoy it while you can.

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Do it up like a British wedding guest and add a festive hat.

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Sequins: a sneaky way to make stripes more snazzy.

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A built-in necklace makes getting ready so much easier.

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Less obvious than cleavage, but just as sexy.

but just as sexy.

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