21 Stunning Evening Dresses For Any Budget

have a crafty way of popping up when you least expect them (read: always, unless you’re a professional socialite). Sure, you can go with the tried-and-true or a sitting in the back of your closet. But it might be time to freshen up your wardrobe and have more than one go-to fancy evening dress in your arsenal.

So, shop away if you need a  or want to prepare for all the one-day/what-if events you’ve imagined. We’ve broken down the following 20 frocks by price — starting at $69. There are evening dresses with long sleeves for chilly nights, glamorous , and ones with show-stopping details. We don’t believe in the rule that you can’t wear elegant evening dresses once, so in our book, any piece is worth the splurge. 

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<h2>Under 0</h2> <br><br><strong>Lulus</strong> Moriah Mustard Yellow Satin Wrap Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href=

<br><br><strong>Smileven</strong> Puffy Sleeve Flower Embroidered Tulle Dress, $, available at <a href=

<br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Trumpet Sleeve Satin Mini Dress, $, available at <a href=

<br><br><strong>Eloquii</strong> Satin Maxi Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.eloquii.com%2Fsatin-maxi-dress%2F1248003.html%3Fdwvar_1248003_colorCode%3D4" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"%20data-ylk="slk:Eloquii" class="link ">Eloquii</a>

<br><br><strong>Mango</strong> Sequined Halter Neck Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fshop.mango.com%2Fus%2Fwomen%2Fdresses-and-jumpsuits-short%2Fsequined-halter-neck-dress_37082006.html" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"%20data-ylk="slk:Mango" class="link ">Mango</a>

<h2>$150-$350</h2> <br><br><strong>Jenny Yoo</strong> Ryland Velvet Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.anthropologie.com%2Fshop%2Fbhldn-jenny-yoo-ryland-velvet-dress4%3Fcategory%3Ddresses-formal%26color%3D040" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"%20data-ylk="slk:Anthropologie" class="link ">Anthropologie</a>

<br><br><strong>Reformation</strong> Frankie Silk Dress Es, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.thereformation.com%2Fproducts%2Ffrankie-silk-dress-es%2F1311124BUA.html%3Fdwvar_1311124BUA_color%3DBUA" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"%20data-ylk="slk:Reformation" class="link ">Reformation</a>

<br><br><strong>Free People</strong> Look Into The Sun Gown, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.freepeople.com%2Fshop%2Flook-into-the-sun-gown%2F%3Fcategory%3Dparty-dresses%26color%3D066" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"%20data-ylk="slk:Free People" class="link ">Free People</a>

<br><br><strong>ASOS EDITION</strong> Satin Plunge Maxi Dress With Cross Back, $, available at <a href=

<br><br><strong>Michael Costello</strong> Follie Gown, $, available at <a href=

<h2>$300-$500</h2> <br><br><strong>Mac Duggal</strong> Metallic Sequin Gown, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.nordstrom.com%2Fs%2Fmac-duggal-metallic-sequin-gown%2F5926256" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"%20data-ylk="slk:Nordstrom" class="link ">Nordstrom</a>

<br><br><strong>Ganni</strong> Twisted Sequined Satin Mini Dress, $, available at <a href=

<br><br><strong>Norma Kamali</strong> Walter Fishtail Floor-Length Gown, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.saksfifthavenue.com%2Fproduct%2Fnorma-kamali-walter-fishtail-floor-length-gown-0400016920059.html%3Fdwvar_0400016920059_color%3DBLUSH" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"%20data-ylk="slk:Saks Fifth Avenue" class="link ">Saks Fifth Avenue</a>

<br><br><strong>Tadashi Shoji</strong> Metallic Wrap Evening Gown, $, available at <a href=

<br><br><strong>Majorelle</strong> Zelda Fitz Gown, $, available at <a href=

<h2>0+</h2> <br><br><strong>A.L.C.</strong> Delfina Dress, $, available at <a href=

<br><br><strong>Ganni</strong> Iris Gown, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fcultgaia.com%2Fproducts%2Firis-gown-prosecco-ombrz" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"%20data-ylk="slk:Net-A-Porter" class="link ">Net-A-Porter</a>

<br><br><strong>Staud</strong> Willa Dress, $, available at <a href="https://go.skimresources.com/?id=30283X879131&url=https%3A%2F%2Fstaud.clothing%2Fcollections%2Fdress%2Fproducts%2Fwilla-dress-black" rel="nofollow noopener" target="_blank"%20data-ylk="slk:Staud" class="link ">Staud</a>

<br><br><strong>LoveShackFancy</strong> Antonie Maxi Halter Dress, $, available at <a href=

<h2>0+</h2> <br><br><strong>Self Portrait</strong> Embellished Corded Lace Midi Dress, $, available at <a href=

<strong>Under $150</strong><br>Show stoppin’ at the latest spot…”

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<strong>Under 0<br></strong>Do your best Angelina with that thigh-high slit.<br><br><strong>Topshop</strong> Column Strappy Maxi Dress, 0, available at <a href=

<strong>Under $150</strong><br>If you can't pick one hue, go for a dress that has <em>three</em>.<br><br><strong>Front Row Shop</strong> Colour Block Chiffon Dress, <strike>$66</strike> $33, available at <a href=Front Row Shop.” data-src=”https://www.iheart.cc/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/020220923231056.jpg”>

<strong>0-300</strong><br>Hello, elegant draping. <br><br><strong>& Other Stories</strong> Draped Dress, 5, available at <a href=

<strong>0-300<br></strong>Since wearing a nightgown in public is still a faux pas, this silky number is the next best thing.<br><br><strong>Reformation</strong> Eleanor Dress, 8, available at <a href=

<strong>0-300</strong><br>Sartorial inspiration: disco ball.<br><br><strong>Front Row Shop</strong> Silver Silk Evening Dress with Back Details, <strike>2</strike> 0.20, available at <a href=

<strong>0-500</strong><br>A little black dress will never be unnecessary.<br><br><strong>Rachel Comey</strong> Crane Dress, 5, available at <a href=

<strong>0-500<br></strong>Some nights are made for show-stopping. <br><br><strong>Tibi</strong> Strapless Stretch-Crepe Dress, 5, available at <a href=

<strong>0-0<br></strong>Get the sleek and sexy look, even while covering up.<br><br><strong>Rixo</strong> Audrey Backless Dress with Embroidered Man, 0, available at <a href=

<strong>$300-500</strong><br>Remember: Black tie doesn't always mean stuffy. An eccentric print and cutout bodice works just as well.<br><br><strong>Three Floor</strong> Accordion Dress, $314, available at <a href=Three Floor.” data-src=”https://www.iheart.cc/wp-content/uploads/2022/09/020220923231058-2.jpg”>

<strong>0-500</strong> <br>If your style leans more traditional, this two-toned gown is the perfect blend of classic and modern.<br><br><strong>Ty-Lr</strong> The Formation Dress, 0, available at <a href=

<strong>0 & Up</strong><br>

<strong>0 & Up</strong><br>The slightly oversize cut and embroidered details make this strapless piece a winner.<br><br><strong>Stella McCartney</strong> Black Danika Dress, <strike>,935</strike> ,174, available at <a href=

<strong>0 & Up</strong><br>Why not take that off-the-shoulder silhouette to the dance floor?<br><br><strong>Prabal Gurung</strong> Off The Shoulder Knit Dress, ,425, available at <a href=

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