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70 Perfectly Playful Cocktail Dresses

From Pretty Princess Duds to Bohemian Party Dress Catalogs

— January 10, 2013 — Fashion
The right outfit for a night out is essential to look your best and these playful cocktail dresses will ensure you turn heads when out on the town. Cocktail dresses have been a wardrobe staple for decades and have stood as the perfect outfit for a late dinner or casual drink with friends. The dresses within this collection range from outlandish to opulent, but what you'll find is that each on flatters the female form in ways that no other outfit can.

There are a wide array of color choices for your perfect cocktail dress and you'll find no shortage of vibrant shades here. However, if you'd prefer to go for a darker, more demure color then there are a plethora to choose from.
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Mesmerizing Metallic Ensembles
Mesmerizing Metallic Ensembles
The Project D Autumn Winter 2012 Collection is Festive
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Sensational Somber Frocks
Sensational Somber Frocks
The 2012 Grammy Red Carpet Saw Plenty of Seductive Black Outfits
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68
Polished Jewel-Toned Frocks
Polished Jewel-Toned Frocks
Diane von Furstenberg Fall 2012 is Full of Feminine Career Pieces
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67
Pixelated Dresses
Pixelated Dresses
The Razzle Dress by The Cassette Society is Sophisticated
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66
Pristine Patterned Editorials
Pristine Patterned Editorials
The Hound Spring/Summer 2012 Collection Flaunts Fashionable Formats
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65
Color-Enriched Accessory Editorials
Color-Enriched Accessory Editorials
The 'Flash' Velvet Magazine Fashion Story is Brightl
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64
Fiercely Feminine Floral Fashions
Fiercely Feminine Floral Fashions
The Preen 2013 Resort Collection is Vibrant and Flirty
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63
Intense Rainbow Textiles
Intense Rainbow Textiles
The Jennifer Parry Dodge Ermie Collection Incorporates Bright Designs
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62
Girly Menswear-Inspired Ensembles
Girly Menswear-Inspired Ensembles
The Tibi Spring 2013 Collection Infuses Pastels with Leather
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Versatile All-Black Apparel
Versatile All-Black Apparel
Katie by Katie Gallagher Impresses with Her Diffusion Line
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Artistically Accented Attire
Artistically Accented Attire
Limited Edition Clothing by Lisa Perry and Jeff Koons is Artsy
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Timeless Silhouette Apparel
Timeless Silhouette Apparel
The Temperley London Pre-Fall 2013 Collection Celebrates Femininity
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High Zippered Frocks
High Zippered Frocks
The Maurie & Eve Gem Zipper Dresses are Delightfully Rebellious
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Ornamental Organza Collections
Ornamental Organza Collections
The Erdem Pre-Fall 2013 Photoshoot Exudes Crisp Looks
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Seemingly Singed Gowns
Seemingly Singed Gowns
The Giles Fall 2012 Collection Showcased Singed Gowns
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Retro Rocker Chick Collections
Retro Rocker Chick Collections
The Jill Stuart Fall 2012 Collection is Perfect for Party Girls
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Punchy Pastel Lookbooks
Punchy Pastel Lookbooks
Opening Ceremony Spring 2013 Focuses on Miami-Inspired Threads
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53
Fluorescent Sundresses
Fluorescent Sundresses
The 'Cooperative Summer Glow Dress' is Neon
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Holiday-Appropriate Cocktail Apparel
Holiday-Appropriate Cocktail Apparel
Vogue Japan's 'Ready to Party' Photoshoot is Celebratory
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20s-Inspired Minimalist Attire
20s-Inspired Minimalist Attire
The Joanna R. Wodzinska S/S 2013 Collection Offers Standout Styles
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50
Rural Luxe Editorials
Rural Luxe Editorials
The Elle Belgium May 2012 Photoshoot Stars Robin Holzken
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Metallic Grecian Attire
Metallic Grecian Attire
The Alexander McQueen 2012 Spring/Summer Line is Beautifully Elaborate
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Flirty Eco Frocks
Flirty Eco Frocks
Stewart and Brown Summer Collection is Wonderfully Chic
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Candy Colored Couture Collections
Candy Colored Couture Collections
The Atelier Versace Fall 2012 Line Incorporates Pastel Hues
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Perforated Leather Frocks
Perforated Leather Frocks
The Giles Deacon Spring 2013 Collection is Punctured Throughout
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See-Through Sack Dresses
See-Through Sack Dresses
Stella McCartney's Spring/Summer 2013 Pieces Hang Loosely
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Draped Jewel-Toned Designs
Draped Jewel-Toned Designs
The Malandrino Pre-Fall 2012 Collection is Fit for a Queen
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Dreamy Draped Dresses
Dreamy Draped Dresses
The Kata Szegedi SS12 Collection is Effortlessly Expressive
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Sultry Sequined Spring Dresses
Sultry Sequined Spring Dresses
Rosie Huntington-Whiteley Covers the Vogue Brazil April 2012 Issue
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Childlike-Chic Lookbooks
Childlike-Chic Lookbooks
The Vivetta Spring/Summer 2013 Shoot Features Carefree Style
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Gilded Minimalist Ensembles
Gilded Minimalist Ensembles
The Michael Kors Resort 2013 Collection is Sleek Yet Opulent
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Jewel-Encrusted Eveningwear
Jewel-Encrusted Eveningwear
Marchesa Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection is Divine
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Icy Field Fashions
Icy Field Fashions
The Chloe Resort 2013 Collection is a Breath of Cool Air
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Vintage-Inspired Pastel Fashion
Vintage-Inspired Pastel Fashion
The Thurley SS12 Campaign Stars a Waif-Like Kristel Glyn
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Scenic Retro Frocks
Scenic Retro Frocks
The Fun Printed Bernie Dexter Dresses Have Timeless Style
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Modernly Galactic Lookbooks
Modernly Galactic Lookbooks
The Moe Spring/Summer 2013 is Unconventionally Expressive
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Casual Countryside Fashion
Casual Countryside Fashion
The Hanii Y Resort 2010 Collection is Gorgeously Composed
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Tailored Tweed Runways
Tailored Tweed Runways
Chanel Spring 2013 Revamps Oversized Blazers and Overdoses on Pearls
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Coupled-Up Cocktail Dresses
Coupled-Up Cocktail Dresses
Salvatore Morale and Maryna Linchuk Get Cozy for 'Trading Up' in Allur
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Opulent Fur-Obsessed Fashion
Opulent Fur-Obsessed Fashion
The Giambattista Valli Spring 2012 Collection is Stunning
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Feminine Graffiti Frocks
Feminine Graffiti Frocks
ASOS Black by Lauren McCalmont Features a Medley of Prints
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Cheerful City-Chic Looks
Cheerful City-Chic Looks
Tracey Reese Fall 2012 is All About Fun, Fresh & Vibrant Fashion
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Elegant Deconstructed Ensembles
Elegant Deconstructed Ensembles
The Kata Szegedi FW2012 'Paradise City' Collection is Seductive
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Polished 30s Lookbooks
Polished 30s Lookbooks
The Kelly Love 'Pocket Full O 'Posies' Collection is Vintage-Inspired
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Enchanted Forest Fashion Photos
Enchanted Forest Fashion Photos
The 2012 Cotton Candy Punk Couture Shoot is Ethereal
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Bold Botanical Dresses
Bold Botanical Dresses
The Jason Wu Resort 2013 Collection is Tailored to Perfection
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Clean-Cut Couture Gowns
Clean-Cut Couture Gowns
The Badgley Mischka Resort 2013 Collection is Seductive Yet Subtle
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Porcelain Doll-Inspired Portraits
Porcelain Doll-Inspired Portraits
The Ones 2 Watch Oliver Editorial is Elegantly Regal
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Blossoming Bodice Gowns
Blossoming Bodice Gowns
The Marchesa Resort 2013 Collection is a Show Stopper
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Festive Frock Functions
Festive Frock Functions
Fun-Loving 'Party People' in the H & M Winter Catalog
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All-Fluorescent Dresses
All-Fluorescent Dresses
This Aqua by Aqua Floyd Dress Will Grab Your Attention
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Leather-Paneled Looks
Leather-Paneled Looks
The Monique Lhuillier Spring 2012 Show Puts the Focus on the Body
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Skin-Grazing Beaded Gowns
Skin-Grazing Beaded Gowns
The Elie Saab Fall 2012 Couture Collection is Magnificent
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Ethereal Teal Captures
Ethereal Teal Captures
Georgia May Jagger Stars in Harpers Bazaar Russia April 2012
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Vegetable Adorned Ensembles
Vegetable Adorned Ensembles
The Dolce & Gabbana Spring 2012 Collection Makes Veggies Fashionable
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Symmetrically Sliced Clothing
Symmetrically Sliced Clothing
The Alexander Wang Spring 2013 Ready-to-Wear Collection
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Opulently Chic Shore Shoots
Opulently Chic Shore Shoots
Jourdan and Daria Star in 'Swept Away' for Vogue Japan April 2012
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Glamorously Demure Editorials
Glamorously Demure Editorials
The Elle UK June 2012 Photoshoot Stars a Feminine Kristen Stewart
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Simple Romantic Gowns
Simple Romantic Gowns
The J.Crew Wedding Collection Fall 2012 Lookbook is Feminine
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Red Rose Gowns
Red Rose Gowns
The Monique Lhuillier Resort 2011 Collection is Glamorous
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Frolicking Park Photoshoots
Frolicking Park Photoshoots
The Nastya Kusakina by Jens Ingvarsson is Pretty and Youthful
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Fluorescent Tribal Beachwear
Fluorescent Tribal Beachwear
The BCBG Max Azria Resort 2013 Collection is Bold and Punchy
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Multi-Era Ladylike Editorials
Multi-Era Ladylike Editorials
The Lydia Hearst Harper's Bazaar Spain Photoshoot is Glamorous
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Cotton Candy Cocktail Dresses
Cotton Candy Cocktail Dresses
Rihanna Wears Viktor & Rolf at Clive Owens' Grammy Awards Party
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Party-Ready Frocks
Party-Ready Frocks
The Zara Evening Collection Lookbook Features Classy Dresses and Suits
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Pretty Princess Duds
Pretty Princess Duds
The Miu Miu Pre-Spring 2012 Collection is Feminine and Fun
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Draped Cocktail Dresses
Draped Cocktail Dresses
The Nina Ricci Resort 2011 Collection is Evening Chic
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Geometric Gypsy Fashion
Geometric Gypsy Fashion
The Givenchy Resort 2013 Collection Presents Nomadic Genius
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Oversized Psychedelic Knitwear
Oversized Psychedelic Knitwear
The Neon Patterns by Alison Woodhouse are Hypnotizing
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Bohemian Party Dress Catalogs
Bohemian Party Dress Catalogs
The Free People Holiday 2012 Lookbook Stars a Carefree Cato Van Ee
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