No occasion is too fancy for our selection of cocktail dresses. Whether you want head-turning glamour or subtle and refined elegance, from dramatic maxis to frothy tulle party dresses, cocktail hour has never looked finer.

Understated chic in black cocktail dresses

Channel the dramatic and choose a black dress from our collection of cocktail dresses. Go for gothic fairytale with black tulle prom dresses, which you can style with sparkly court shoes and costume jewellery. Choose pure drama in a sumptuous black lace maxi dress. Keep things simple elsewhere and style it with plain strappy sandals and minimal jewellery such as a pair of drop earrings. Bring some by wearing it with a faux fur coat and some jewelled sandals. Keep a classic little black dress in your wardrobe for a cocktail emergency - choose a plain pencil dress or a shift for glamour that'll never go out of style.

Cocktail dresses in metals, muted tones and all the colours of the rainbow

Bring some life and soul to the party with a concoction of colour from our selection of cocktail dresses. Lustrous metallics bring a slice of magic - look for shiny fabrics to wear with gold or silver sandals for some all over radiance. Sugary pastels bring a fun and feminine touch - nude pinks, dusty blues and lilacs all channel the delicate candy trend. Sumptuous tones are perfect for luxurious fabrics such as velvet, lace and silk - think beaded folded-waist maxi dresses, figure hugging crushed velvet midi dresses and lavish lace pencil dresses. Wear them with ankle cuff sandals and carry an envelope clutch bag.

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Cocktail dresses for elegant evenings

The fact that every woman should own a cocktail dress is probably the most recognised rule of fashion. There is a good reason why cocktail dresses make an impression season after season; while some trends come and go, classical style never goes out of fashion. Although the cocktail dress occasionally receives a cosmetic reinvention, the same sophisticated design reigns supreme. The cocktail dress is simply a timeless style classic essential for every fashion conscious woman. Cocktail dresses are stylish enough to be worn to a wide variety of events, from work parties and wedding receptions to informal gatherings and formal black tie events.

Cocktail dresses - an indispensable addition to your wardrobe

Cocktail dresses are among the most adaptable items in any woman's wardrobe and are suitable for almost any occasion. With Zalando you can compare different styles and brands to help you choose which cocktail dress will look the best on you. If you are having difficulty choosing between an over the top party dress or an unforgettable elegant dress, then a woman's little black dress can be a versatile alternative that can be altered to suit every mood. Cocktail dresses come in many shapes and sizes - the term lends itself to a range of diverse styles. They are sleek, alluring, and can be easily dressed up or down with the addition of accessories and extravagant embellishments. The lengths of cocktail dresses can vary from above the knee to a few inches above the ankle, with long sleeves to no sleeves and are available in a variety of colours and fabrics. The right cocktail dress can help you to accentuate your natural beauty. Regardless of body type there is a cocktail dress design for all women wanting to find that perfect little dress for that special occasion. It doesn't matter if you have long or short legs, a small waist or a rounder torso, you can choose to emphasise your best features and get the best out of your style choice. You can discover the best cocktail dress for you when you search through the comprehensive online catalogue here at Zalando. Whether you want something opulent and indulgent or glamorous and vintage inspired, cocktail dresses are available from a range of highly regarded designers and brands. With so many individual unique styles to choose from, your cocktail dress is certain to be a head turner, and the essential companion to your evening.