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With fall now in full swing, it’s likely that you already have your everyday staples locked down. But what about for more formal events? Much like summer, fall tends to be filled with many a cocktail party to attend—from autumn weddings to fancy work events and chic birthday soirées—which is why it’s always a good idea to have your autumnal cocktail attire all figured out. Not to mention it’s only a matter of time before our calendars are stacked with back-to-back holiday parties, so why not start preparing now? To save you from the last-minute scramble of finding the perfect outfit, we rounded up 24 of the prettiest fall cocktail dresses of the season at every price point. From strappy minis to flowy long-sleeve frocks, jewel-tone wonders to slinky silk slips, we’ve got you covered no matter the event. Keep scrolling to shop our favorite picks of the season.
Stripes can definitely be cocktail-appropriate—especially when they’re covered in sequins.
I’ll be wearing this one to my next fall wedding for sure.
This sparkly black frock is an all-around winner.
Sleek cutouts and one-shoulder silhouettes are so in right now.
Jewel tones are always a must for fall.
You can’t go wrong with a sleek slip.
The best part about this slinky cutout slip dress? It looks just as good with chunky flat boots as it does with party heels.
I don’t know what I love more: the sleeves or the color.
Feathers are always a fun touch.
This faux leather looks buttery soft.
The ruching on this Jacquemus mini is super flattering.
I’m calling it: This color will be everywhere this fall.
I’m getting witchy vibes from this one.
This draping, though!
This one-shoulder mini can easily be dressed up or dressed down.
Whoever wears this dress is definitely the life of the party.
Can’t decide on a color? Opt for a pretty iridescent fabric.
Knits may not automatically read as cocktail-appropriate, but this sparkly mini from Area is definitely ready to party.
This halter style will work for any formal event, but it looks just as cute dressed down with a blazer and boots.
A dramatic puff sleeve is always a good choice.
The sheer sleeves on this one are too pretty.
Leave it to Zimmermann to nail the boho cocktail dress.
Definitely buying this one.