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The Cocktail Dress​​​ ​

This piece, in a dramatic color and party-ready cut,
is the season’s must-have style statement

With weddings, graduation fetes and derby soirees coming up, spring promises a wealth of social engagements, and nothing will put you in the mood to mingle like a brand-new cocktail dress. Dresses are by nature flirty and feminine, and mixed drinks always lead to fun; put them together and you’ve got a winning combination.

Actors Farrah Fawcett and Lee Majors arrive at a Beverly Hills gala in 1977 (photo by Frank Edwards/Fotos International/Getty Images)

 

This season, Ralph Lauren features dresses with swingy skirts in life-of-the-party shades like mandarin orange and begonia so you can steal the dance floor. Lest you feel like this one-piece wonder is for the lazy—as a great frock needs no outfit planning—don’t forget all the accoutrements you can add: A paisley silk scarf, metallic silver handbag or color-blocked suede sandal will perfectly complement your cocktail dress, as will an expertly crafted cocktail. Whether the occasion calls for something daring or demure, we have a dress that fits perfectly, from the first toast to last call.

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