I’m what you call a bonafide introvert. I experience little to no FOMO when I stay in on the weekends, I prefer an intimate dinner over a big bash, and I tend to be the listener of the group. I’m not totally antisocial, but if I have to talk to more than three people at a time, I’m going to wear out—fast.
So, as you can imagine, parties aren’t always my thing. However, for mystical reasons beyond my comprehension, when I’m wearing a really, really cute party dress, any foreseeable social anxieties are instantly quelled. Chalk it up to the confidence a good piece of clothing brings or the ability of a beautiful item to transform you into a more outgoing version of yourself, but I know that when I have a solid party dress in my closet, I’m good to go.
This spring, I’m looking to new designers to get the job done. Labels with cult-like followings such as Ganni, Staud, Cecilie Bahnsen, Cult Gaia, and more are all offering splashy pieces with details ranging from lime green tulle to high-volume puff sleeves. Below, shop 16 spring party dresses you can sip champagne in and mingle the night away.