A black-tie event doesn’t always mean that you’ve got to be in black dresses, or even a red ones at that. We know that those are the two safest colours we tend to reach out for when it comes to dressing up for a glamorous event, or even just a dinner party. It’s time to get out of your comfort zone, cause all that “little black dress for everything” mentality has to change with these festive dresses.

We’ve rounded up the sleekest, and chicest after-dusk dresses in fashionable hues and textures – think velvety gold, metallic sea green, and luscious pink. We’d like to think that these dresses are as evergreen as your black and red ones – just saying.

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1

Burberry velvet dress

Burberry’s long-sleeved bodycon velvet dress exudes a certain effortless glamour with a hint of edginess. The geometric pattern has been created in the spirit of Nancy Lancaster’s garden designs. Pair yours with simple black sandals.

Burberry stretch-velvet devoré bodycon dress, S$3,795.

2

Victoria Beckham midi dress

True to Victoria Beckham’s style of minimalistic elegance, this loosely fitted midi dress is stylishly adorned with delicate cami straps and floral lace at the hem and waist. Soft to the touch, it is cut from crepe-de-chine. Complete the look with slicked back hair and a vibrant clutch.

Victoria Beckham lace cami midi dress, US$3,165 (S$5,142). 

3

3.1 Phillip Lim Gingko dress

An easy-to-wear and chic number, this 3.1 Phillip Lim satin dress is adorned with sequined gingko motifs which symbolises wisdom from ancient times. Like falling gingko leaves, the dress has been designed with with a scalloped hem to give a romantic, windswept feel

3.1 Phillip Lim Gingko embellished shift dress, US$895 (S$1,273). 

4

Jonathan Simkhai dress

Unapologetically bold and dynamic, this proves that you don’t need a little black or red dress to stun. Fully lined with nude-coloured lining, this sensuous and edgy number is made complete with lace inserts and a sheer tulle back panel.

Jonathan Simkhai lace and tulle dress, S$3,023. 

5

Toni Maticevski Originality cocktail dress

This dress is perfect for those who constantly have to attend after-work events, or simply enjoy heading out for drinks after a day at the desk. Fitted closely to the body to draw attention to the feminine figure, the Originality dress features a raised neckline, a sporty cutaway at the back, and artfully draped panels at the front.

Toni Maticevski Originality cocktail dress, AU$1,250 (S$1,323). 

6

Stella McCartney Marcelle dress

Stella McCartney’s Marcelle in peach features intricate lace straps and delicate lace insets along the bodice. The pleated skirt also features transparent detail on one side.

Stella McCartney satin Marcelle dress, US$4,135 (S$5,883). 

7

Simone Rocha midi dress

Winner of designer of the year at the recent British Fashion Awards, Simone Rocha’s midi dress has a modern romantic look, much like her runway pieces. This cream tulle dress is decorated with embroidered textured tinsel-like gold stars and gathered at the sides for an interesting silhouette.

Simone Rocha gathered embroidered tulle midi dress, US$2,073 (S$2,949). 

8

Oscar de la Renta jacquard dress

Featuring the brand’s signature A-line silhouette, this eclectic yet elegant leopard jacquard dress is crafted in Italy. Complement this vibrant navy and clover number with a pair of long-line earrings.

Oscar de la Renta leopard satin jacquard A-line dress, S$2,891. 

9

Michael Lo Sordo Alexandra maxi dress

One of our favourites, Michael Lo Sordo’s Alexandra dress is probably the epitome of effortless elegance. With a plunging V-neckline and slit through the sides, the floor-grazing Alexandra is cut from lustrous silk-stain complete with thin straps that crisscross at the back. Now, who says a pink dress can’t be poised and refined?

Michael Lo Sordo Alexandra silk-satin maxi dress, US$1,092 (S$1,554).

10

Luisa Beccaria pleated dress

An absolute stunner, this Luisa Beccaria long dress is rendered in metallic lurex. It also features a drop waist, fully pleated skirt, high neck with pleated frill detail, and cap sleeves. Elegant, conservative, yet undoubtedly modern – this is definitely a gown we love!

Luisa Beccaria lurex pleated long dress, US$4,375 (S$6,222).