The Prettiest Fall Cocktail Dresses From Zara, H&M, and More

Zebra cocktail dress



With fall now in full swing, it’s likely that you already have your everyday staples locked down. But what about for more formal events?

Much like summer, fall tends to be filled with many a cocktail party to attend—from autumn weddings to fancy work events and chic birthday soirées—which is why it’s always a good idea to have your autumnal cocktail attire all figured out. Not to mention it’s only a matter of time before our calendars are stacked with back-to-back holiday parties, so why not start preparing now?

To save you from the last-minute scramble of finding the perfect outfit, we rounded up 24 of the prettiest fall cocktail dresses of the season at every price point. From strappy minis to flowy long-sleeve frocks, jewel-tone wonders to slinky silk slips, we’ve got you covered no matter the event. Keep scrolling to shop our favorite picks of the season.

I'll be wearing this one to my next fall wedding for sure.

This sparkly frock is an all-around winner.

Sleek cutouts and one-shoulder silhouettes are so in right now.

Ruffled cocktail dress



Jewel tones are always a must for fall.

You can't go wrong with a sleek slip.

The best part about this slinky slip dress? It will looks just as good with chunky flat boots as it does with party heels.

I don’t know what I love more: the sleeves or the color.

Feathered cocktail dress



This faux leather looks buttery soft.

The ruching on this Jacquemus mini is super flattering.

Green cocktail dress



I’m calling it: This color will be everywhere this fall.

Bec & Bridge is known for their satin dresses.

Sparkly cocktail dress



Whoever wears this dress is definitely the life of the party.

Knits may not automatically read as cocktail-appropriate, but this sparkly mini is definitely ready to party.

This pleated style will work for any formal event.

Puff sleeve cocktail dress



A dramatic puff sleeve is always a good choice.

Leave it to Zimmermann to nail the boho cocktail dress.