14/08/2014 16:42 BST | Updated 20/05/2015 10:12 BST

Evening Dresses: 10 Total Classics For Every Summer Scene

Evening attire is a swanky affair and while you can't go wrong with a sleek, sexy-making little black dress there's a whole host of styles made for power dressing at sparkly soirees.

Think signature silhouettes (the right kind of bodycon, strapless, A-line, slinky spaghetti strap slips), but then consider classic colour ways that you know you can pull off. Brunette? A red evening dress will always look incredible. Blonde? Work that pastel trend to your advantage, baby.

Looking to really make an impression? Opt for print or OTT embellishment and play around with fabrics like lace, silk and chiffon.

Shopping for that effortlessly stunning show-piece is no easy feat, so we've lined up 10 styles from all the best brands to give you a little inspiration. Ted Baker, Karen Millen and Harvey Nichols have some knock-out numbers that are both classic and reasonable in price (under £200). It is an occasion after all.

Then there's clicking into dreamy territory - because needs must - where evening dresses are of the designer variety. Take e-tailers, and for instance, the dresses stocked here will melt hearts. Truly.

This one-shouldered LBD by Stella McCartney will serve you forever as will the "Zarita" lace mini dress by Diane Von Furstenberg. These may be your pricier purchases but they are completely worth it.

Take a spin through this evening dress edit for classic, wear-to-anything, feel-fabulous looks that you'll just love. There is the matter of heels and handbags but this is about letting the dress do the talking every time you wear it.

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