Party Dresses that Impress: 6 Cocktail Dresses Under $75

Cocktail party -- people holding up champagne glasses

Irresistible cocktail dresses are easy to find — but they typically come with a hefty price tag to match. When you’re down to the wire and worried about what to wear, it can be more than traumatic to fork over that credit card in the name of a single night of glamour.

Fortunately, there are some fabulous finds out there that won’t send you into a state of sticker shock. Keep it stylish in these pretty picks, all priced under $75.

6 Cocktail Dress Picks under $75

The Breezy Shift Dress

Rose shift dress

There’s nothing like a cocktail dress that wears more like your favorite sundress. In other words, it feels sinfully soft and won’t constrict your movements, leaving you free to enjoy the night without a second thought.

This free-spirited dress ($57) fits that bill, and it comes in an ultra feminine rose-pink to boot.

The Cape Midi

Green Midi Cocktail Dress

A beautiful midi silhouette lends this lightweight, immaculately crafted dress a highly approachable quality. Perfect whether you’re headed to a party or the opera, it lends itself well to simple elegance. Dress it up with a colorful statement necklace for contrast.

The Lace Cocktail Dress

Blue sequin lace dress

Tease a hint of skin as you show off your best sparkles in this eye-catching piece made of lace and sequins $65. It features a flattering sheath profile and playful bell sleeves that add a touch of frivolity to an otherwise sophisticated piece.

The Flutter Sleeve

Black midi length cocktail dress with flutter sleeves

Although your LBD will forever be your closet’s MVP, you may want to break out of your comfort zone from time to time. This black number ($51) makes a solid alternative because it puts an elegant spin on a classic. Airy sleeves, a V-neckline, front ruffle and pointed hem lend it head-turning style.

The Smocked Ruffle Dress

Short floral cocktail dress

Never underestimate the power of brilliant colors, especially when they play so well with another. This sweetly designed dress ($49) reads a bit like your favorite frock of old — but with modern touches that give it a more grown-up feel.

The ruffles, lithe straps, and tumbling blossoms on a bright fuchsia background lend it instant feel-good vibes.

The Satin Midi Dress

Lulu's navy blue midi cocktail dress

The silky-soft fabric alone would make this midi dress from Lulu’s ($56) an instant pick for a memorable night out. Combined with its enticing timeless silhouette and rich navy hue, this dress is destined to be a most-worn favorite in no time. It features deep back cutouts that lend it a saucy finishing touch.

This post was originally published in 2011 and rewritten in 2018.

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