Editor's pick: What to wear for a cocktail party

For a summer evening soiree there is nothing better than cocktails, canapes and conversation, and for such a relaxed occasion the dress will become your new best friend.

Think of dressing for a cocktail party and you will probably think of 1950s style dresses or a 1920s flapper look complete with elegant long gloves. However, for 2017 cocktail dressing has become, just as fashion in general has, a more inclusive affair.

Even the term ‘cocktail dressing’ has more meaning than a Mad Men style soiree. Garden parties, summer weddings, and barbecues that are a little bit more formal than T shirt and shorts, warrant stylish attire.

This summer the dress is your hero piece for such occasions. From tropical print maxis, to 70s inspired kaftans, to colour pop flared styles, it’s all about feeling comfortable, cool and chic.

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Bring a touch of sunshine into your summer wardrobe with yellow. This dress will make you want to sing and dance in the style of the film La La Land. Be prepared to fall in love.

Louche Kiara Open Tie Back Dress

£59

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Tropical prints are on-trend this summer, so this little number will see you through the season in style.

Only Kiss Maxi Dress

£35

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Give deciding what to wear the cold shoulder, as this style continues to be a trend this summer. Perfect if you want an update on the traditional LBD.

Luisa Cerano Cold Shoulder Knit Dress

£259

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For something a little different to the usual cocktail dressing attire, go for a more relaxed shirt dress in a statement print.

Masai Ines Shirt Dress

£100

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This off-the-shoulder dress is more in line with the traditional cocktail dress and with it set to be an 80s fashion revival this summer this little red dress is just the ticket.

Esprit Off-Shoulder Flared Dress

£69

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