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These Iconic Cocktail Dresses Are Perfect For Your Halloween Party… And Beyond

Forget store-bought costumes for your Halloween party plans, this year we’re all about iconic cocktail dresses for October 31st! Perhaps you’re looking for a dramatic black dress you’ll wear on the night and for countless events afterward. Maybe you’re all about racy red silhouettes for a sultry entrance on Halloween and beyond. No matter the color, length, or style of dress you’re looking for, our edit below has it all. Get ready to feast your eyes on dresses so hauntingly beautiful it’s almost scary!

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No Scaries, Just Iconic Cocktail Dresses

Whilst we love dressing up for Halloween, we love iconic cocktail dresses we can wear again even more. Luckily, we don’t have to choose as these designer looks will work perfectly for both! For example, the Luminosity lift-off floral mini dress by Zimmermann. With smokey makeup and Halloween-inspired accessories, this dress is perfect for October 31st. The all-black design with puffed sleeves, a high neckline, and 3D black floral embellishments will give a subtly gothic nod. That said, when styled with simple heeled sandals and pretty, delicate jewelry, it’ll look instantly lighter, undeniably chic, and ideal for drinks, dinner dates, and everything in between.


Have your heart set on something black and lacy for Halloween night? Look no further than the wide-sleeve mini dress by Dolce & Gabbana. We love everything about this dress from the statement sleeves to the banded waist and allover lace detailing. It’s the ideal Halloween dress but more than earns its place for future events thanks to its timeless design and classic LBD status.

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Iconic cocktail Dresses In Racy Shades Of Red

Looking for iconic cocktail dresses that embrace two trends at once? Opt for bright red silhouettes for Halloween and beyond. This eye-catching colorway will be everywhere this season. Therefore you can wear it on the big night, and throughout the rest of the year too. Our advice? Get your hands on the amazing Erna mock neck cape sleeve mini dress by Alice and Olivia and guarantee all eyes on your entrance. Dress it up with coordinating red heels and devil horns or wear it simply and sans accessories. This dress will look scarily good either way!


Meanwhile, if you just can’t decide between black or red dresses, why not go for both? The V-neck snakeskin print dress by Nissa is one of the most perfect Halloween-style dresses we’ve laid eyes on this season. Aside from the daring animal print in coordinating black and red, this dress boasts a beautiful plunge V-neckline, a thigh-high split, and sharp, short statement sleeves. Finally, add black heels or boots for the perfect finishing touch to this edgy fitted dress.

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