Invitation Only: Party Dresses for Every Occasion

Find the right thing to wear to every kind of fete this season.

Altuzarra / Matchesfashion / Saint Laurent / Dolce & Gabbana
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Dressing for a party is never easy—even when words like “black tie,” or “cocktail attire,” or “semiformal” are supposed to help. Finding the right ensemble to match the occasion can often elicit that anxiety riddled, last-minute S.O.S. signal to a friend: The big “What thing are you wearing?” question. That’s why this season, as the weather warms and calendars start to fill up with social engagements, we’re getting ahead, and getting prepared. Here, the ten party dresses to pair with each type of soirée this season, from an uptown gala to an intimate dinner party, a countryside fete to a full-on red carpet event.