Looking for showstopping evening dresses to turn heads at a black tie event?
Long evening dresses aren’t a regular investment for most of us. There’s usually a special occasion or upcoming event that you want to sparkle at. If you are seeking a floor-length gown for a black tie party, charity gala or any special evening event, it can be hard to know where to shop to find the perfect long evening dress. You always want to look your best while feeling 100 per cent comfortable so you can fully enjoy the evening.
Long evening dresses have the advantage of coverage and can give the illusion of an elegant, elongated figure. Ensuring that your evening dress nips and flares around your body in the right places will ensure that you look your absolute best for the occasion. Picking the right accessories to compliment the colours and contours of your long evening dress will mean that your outfit will be a complete work of fashion and style. The advantage of teaming it with statement accessories is that you can wear it time and time again, changing your overall look and adding a splash of colour.
It might be a classic black floor-sweeper you’re looking for or a standout embellished dress – whatever your remit, we’ve chosen ten sleek, stylish evening dresses to cater for every taste and budget. Don’t discount high street stores like Miss Selfridge as being ‘too young’ – the label consistently delivers a range of sequinned eveningwear each season. Meanwhile, classic occasion wear favourites Coast has expanded its range and taken a more directional, trend-led approach for those sparkly eveningwear frocks. The high street is full of stylish, elegant long evening dresses that can be worn with high heels of comfortable and stylish flat pumps so you can dance the night away. Just be careful if you’re wearing heels – you don’t want to put your killer heel through the skirt of your new evening dress!
So, take a turn on your own red carpet with our favourite long evening dresses to inspire your next event…
Take a Twenties turn at your next evening party in Miss Selfridges' embellished maxi dress. The Art Deco-inspired sequin design and flowing chiffon skirt make this gown look far more expensive that its relatively modest price tag. A simple sliver of a chandelier earring and a pair of classic silver sandals is all you need to complete the look.
Super chic in sparkling navy, the Coast Chesca dress features a sophisticated high cut neckline which is perfect for those wishing to conceal their chest. The stretch mesh inserts help sculpt and slim your shape, allowing you to indulge in just one more glass of bubbly at your event!
What a showstopper! This ethereal gown by Adrianna Papell features exquisite beading across the bodice, cascading in to a draped cream skirt. Reminiscent of British designer Jenny Packham's dresses, this is an investment piece that transcends the seasonal trends.
The simplicity of Ted Baker's stunning Corkia maxi dress lets the sunny shade really sing. Whether you're sporting a golden tan or porcelain skin, this is a modern cut that's perfect for a wedding or evening event.
An empire line will glide over your curves and the beaded bodice of Mint Velvet's maxi dress will draw the eye to the pretty embellishment, should you wish to conceal a pear shape.
Make a bold statement in this season's must have hue. This coral-coloured Coast Andrica Maxi Dress will enhance a petite or boyish shape, creating hourglass curves and showing off toned arms and a small waist.
If glitz and shimmering glamour isn't your thing, make evening style work for you with this Reiss Alexa Block Colour Maxi Dress. Colour blocking gives a high fashion edge to an otherwise feminine style, so you won't feel too 'done' or girly. Team with metallic accessories and heels.
Embrace the warmer weather with a vintage take on evening attire: Garden and cocktail parties require something feminine and beautiful, just like this Virgos Lounge Raina Maxi Dress with Embellished Shoulder. The perfect accompaniment to a glowing tan, just add heeled sandals and minimalist accessories to finish off your statement style.
Adopt a new attitude and channel the dark drama of lace and midnight blue at your next event. The exquisite Whistles Gina Lace Evening Dress is a simple take on eveningwear, but will still wow the other guests, thanks to subtle lace panelling, a flattering drop waist and a fully pleated skirt.
This Topshop Limited Edition Pleated Embellished Maxi Dress could be the ultimate long evening dress for the new season. Wearable to every event from spring weddings to garden parties - you can even make this pretty number work for something more relaxed by adding flats and a cropped leather jacket.