30 Beautiful Cocktail Dresses for Spring / Summer 2014
Modern Floral Dresses: Florals are still taking a modern turn this season with graphic floral prints, bold color mixed with black, and modern structure. Trade in your traditional florals this season for something with a little edge.
(pictured above left to right) Cynthia Rowley Women's Banded Floral-Print Sleeveless Dress // Donna Morgan Women's Stretch Eyelet-Seam Dress // Ted Baker Women's Jeneyy Floral Print Fit-and-Flare Dress
Fit and Flare Dresses: The fit and flare dress is still hot for 2014. If you need to invest in a new cocktail dress this summer, I'd suggest a solid-colored fit and flare. You can change it up with a belt and different shoes, and you can dress it up for a more formal event like a wedding by adding on a jeweled statement necklace.
(pictured above left to right) Jessica Simpson Women's Banded Sleeveless Fit-and-Flare Dress with Cutouts // French Connection Women's Feather Ruth Classic Fit-and-Flare Dress // Nine West Women's Short Sleeve Fit and Flare Dress
Sheer Panel Dresses: The sheer mesh trend grew last summer with the popularity in black mesh swimsuits. For 2014, the trend is seen on dresses as well. It's a great way to add a little sex appeal without showing too much skin.
(pictured above left to right) HALSTON HERITAGE Women's Short-Sleeve Boat-Neck Ponte Dress // Taylor Dresses Women's Sleeveless Illusion Fit-and-Flare Dress // French Connection Women's Viven Panelled Jersey Dress
Eyelet Dresses: Eyelet is always trends for summer, but this year the trend is going modern with geometric shapes in place of the traditional eyelet.
(pictured above left to right) Kensie Women's Embroidered Eyelet Dress // Calvin Klein Women's V-Neck Fit and Flare Dress // Nine West Women's Sleeveless Drop Waist Dress
Multi-Panel Dresses: The color blocking trend isn't as popular for 2014 as it has been in recent years, but the same overall look is trending on cocktail dresses in the form of these "taped" multi-panel dresses. They can be very slimming by creating the illusion of a smaller waist. The dress in the middle above with the black side panels helps create an overall slimming look.
(pictured above left to right) Taylor Dresses Women's Sleeveless Swing Dress // BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Eileen Sleeveless Sheath Dress // BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Holly Blocked Sleeveless Sheath Dress
Jersey-Knit Maxi Dresses: This is my favorite kind of summer maxi dress, because the fit and fabric is casual and comfy while the look is sleek and sexy. These dresses can all be majorly dressed up with shiny metallic accessories. It's an incredibly easy dress to pack, so it's the perfect summer gown for vacation if you need something a little dressier than a casual maxi dress.
(pictured above left t right) BCBGeneration Women's Back Cut Out Maxi Dress // HALSTON HERITAGE Women's Long Sleeve Jersey Evening Dress with Slit Front // Rachel Pally Women's Charlize Dress
(pictured above left to right) Donna Morgan Women's Sleeveless Maxi Dress with Side Slit // Naven Women's Jackie Kaleidoscope Printed Sleeveless Fit-and-Flare Dress // Mara Hoffman Women's Ponte Fitted Sleeveless Mini Dress
Hi-Low Maxi Evening Dresses: The hi-low dress trend is still in for 2014. It's the perfect way to look glamorous during the hot summer months.
(pictured above left to right) Miss Sixty Women's Logan Dress // BCBGMAXAZRIA Women's Cai Printed High-Low Evening Dress // Hailey by Adrianna Papell Women's Strapless Pleat Bust-Wrap High/Lo Dress
Modern Lace-Overlay Dresses: Just like the floral and eyelet dresses for 2014, the typically trendy lace dresses for spring and summer have taken on a modern turn with bold colors and geometric patterns.
(pictured above left to right) Donna Morgan Women's Sleeveless Ribbon Lace Shift Dress // Jill Jill Stuart Women's Re-Embroidered Lace Dress //
Pretty Pleated Dresses: A pretty pleated chiffon dress is my favorite way to add femininity to a look. Pick a pleated dress in a gorgeous shade of pink or purple.
(pictured above left to right) Jessica Simpson Women's 3/4 Sleeve Blouson Dress // Donna Morgan Women's Strapless Belted Chiffon Dress // Jessica Simpson Women's Blouson Dress
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