What To Wear To An Engagement Party: A Style Guide For The Bride

By Catherine Nieto - 12 November 2014

Fashion Editor

Engagement party looks

Wedding celebrations kick off with the engagement party and so does the pressure of what to wear, but panic not! Help is at hand with Grazia's easy-peasy outfit guide, whether you're having informal drinks in a bar, celebrating at home or toasting the coming nuptials with a fancy black tie affair, read on for a guaranteed stress-free and super stylish engagement bash...

For an engagement party in a bar...

Take advantage of the informal setting and think date-night-dressy. As the bride looking sexy but not OTT is key, this super sassy Carven dress (below) hugs in all the right places, but its high neckline keeps you out of tarty territory. However it is your night so only sky-scraper heels will do! As a guest understated glamour is the way to go for one of these chic jumpsuits from Finery London or Uterque for a modern alternative to a dress.

What to wear as a bride-to-be celebrating in a bar

Blue dress by Carven £520 @ MatchesFashion.com, Block heels £49.99 @ Zara.com, Quilted bag £39.99 @ Mango.com, Ben Amun earrings £129 @ Cadenzza.com, Black  jumpsuit £79 @ FineryLondon.com, Navy jumpsuit £165 @ Uterque.com

For engagement drinks at your/his parent’s house:

For an engagement party/drinks held at your parent’s/in-law’s home avoid looking overtly sexy, instead channel old school glamour if you’re the bride: this elegant Coast bow-backed dress (below left) is perfect. Team with regal jewellery and head-turning shoes. Similar rules apply for guests; go for a simply cut dress in a longer hem length like this fab LK Bennett number (below right), and add interest to your look with standout shoes and classic but sparkly jewellery.

What to wear to your engagement party at a parents' place

Black Jimmy Choo clutch £595 @ MyTheresa.com, Red dress £169 @ Coast-stores.com, Crystal Kenneth Jay Lane earrings £116 @ Net-A-Porter.com, Brocade dress £65 @ MissSelfridge.com, Wrap dress £365 @ LKBennett.co.uk

For a black tie engagement party at a hotel:

Black tie occasions call for full-length frocks, but be sure to avoid wedding dress look-a-likes by sticking to black or a dark colour palette. As the bride you can afford to be daring and this sequin covered number by French Connection strikes the right cord. But if you're into a more streamlined approach then check out the hot new eveningwear label Galvan. With a long hemline you can have a cheekily mid-height heel tucked away - we'd suggest Loeffler Randall.

And for a swanky black tie do...

Star dress £90 @ Asos.com, Blue lace dress £305 @ Self-Portrait-Studio.com, Galvan slip £1035 @ MatchesFashion.com, Sequinned gown £190 @ FrenchConnection.com, Star earrings £890 @ MatthewWilliamson.com, Pom pom clutch £28 @ Asos.com, Gold Loeffler Randall sandals $295 @ LoefflerRandall.com.


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