File this one under completely classic. With engagement parties, cocktail attire is extremely popular, and it’s exactly what you can turn to if attire is not actually specified. Beyond that, having a classic cocktail dress moment in your closet and at the ready at all times is just smart styling preparedness, if you ask me. This specific dress (though there are many more just like it to shop below), is one of my favorite examples of letting the dress do the heavy lifting for you.
This MICHAEL Michael Kors Floral Lace Ruffle Dress has a smart jewel neck, slightly poofy sleeves (and I love that those mellow out into sleek, fitted arms), a lace overlay, and a two-tiered ruffle hem that is begging for a twirl, but I will restrain myself (or will I?). It’s so effortlessly pretty, it’s really hard to find a flaw.
This dress is the ultimate canvas for your favorite, classic accessories. You truly can’t go wrong with a black pump (or sandal if weather permits), and your favorite evening bag. The focal point will always be the dress (though a bold red lip might offer a little friendly competition), because the piece itself is so stunning and elegant. This is the kind of dress you can invest in confidently, knowing countless events will come up on the calendar year after year where it’s a welcome attendee.
If you ever feel overwhelmed by winter dressing-up madness, come back to this post. Bookmark it as a reminder that the classics are always our best problem solvers, and in addition to that, they’re just simply stunning. Now, go ahead and RSVP with confidence. We’ve got the outfit situation under control, and covered in lace.