If you’re searching for the best Saks cocktail dresses, you probably already know that there’s hardly a wardrobe need that can’t be found at Saks Fifth Avenue.
The legendary department store boasts thousands of clothing pieces for all occasions from contemporary, luxury, and couture designers, but cocktail attire is one of them where the retailer really shines.
Cocktail dresses are aplenty at Saks, begging the question, “Can there be too much of a good thing?” When it comes to your time, yes, definitely. All those beautiful dresses mean sorting through dozens of product pages on the retailer’s website.
I’ve done the work of sorting through the Saks Fifth Avenue store, so you don’t have to. These are the best Saks cocktail dresses:
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If you only have one cocktail dress in your wardrobe, make it a little black dress.
The Rebecca Vallance Chloe Ruffled V-Neck Midi Dress features a flattering plunge neckline and voluminous ruffle shoulder detail that helps provide an hourglass illusion and makes the frock feel contemporary, romantic, and flirty all-in-one.
Andrew GN’s stately One-Shoulder Drape Midi Dress is designed for a modern empress. The rich, emerald green-hued dress is one of my favorite Saks cocktail dresses for its minimalist, architectural feel set off by a single waist embellishment.
The midi dress exudes simple sophistication, not needing over-the-top detail to make a head-turning statement.
ELLIATT is one of my go-to brands for reliable cocktail dresses that feel simultaneously stylish and timeless. The Influential Tie Shoulder Midi Dress is one of the brand’s most versatile.
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Meet the strapless cocktail dress you’ll want to wear over and over again. The Cinq a Sept Kennith Side Tied Strapless Cocktail Dress is a minimalist-yet-interesting take on a classic style.
The dress is available in navy, tomato red, and ivory.
There are plenty of Saks cocktail dresses in smooth satins and matte crêpe, but few that use pleating quite like this.
The AMUR Pleated Ruffle Satin Strapless Mini Dress’s accordion pleating falls into an asymmetric ruffle drape for extra drama.
The dress is available in pink hydrangea, ivory, black, and lagoon blue. If you’re looking for a bachelorette party or bridal shower dress, the ivory would make for an interesting choice. In the remaining colors, it’s a solid pick among Saks wedding guest dresses.
Save this Saks cocktail dress for those nights when you want all eyes on you. The Barbie pink Sabina Musayev number is a knockout, featuring shimmering plissé, a deep neckline, and tiered midi skirt.
Amanda Uprichard makes the kind of Saks cocktail dresses you’ll be reaching for again and again. I own several of the designer’s silk mini dresses and find them coming out of the closet whenever I have a semi-formal event that I have “nothing to wear” to.
The Sandrine Silk Halter Dress is effortlessly chic, from the all-silk number’s cowl-draped halterneck to the waist-defining tie belt. Pair the dress with gold hoops and strappy sandals for a look that will become your new night-out uniform.
This dress is available in Ink Silk (navy), Syrah (burgundy), and Dark Green.
Reiss is one of my favorite brands for pieces that feel stylish and classy without being overly revealing. Jayla Crossed Midi Dress has caught my attention for its crossover bodice that’s somewhat interesting and different but doesn’t take away from the natural beauty of the wearing.
Consider accessorizing this dress with a long pendant to make use of its deep v-neck.
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Yes, another Fuschia frock. I’d be remiss if I didn’t feature at least one Chiara Boni La Petite Robe number. The designer seems to be one of the reigning queens of Saks cocktail dresses (several of her pieces are marked as bestsellers on the site).
The Angelins One-Shoulder Dress features subtle bodice draping and a tailored pencil skirt for a polished finish. Made in a textile with a 28 percent elastane fiber content, this cocktail dress should be just as comfortable as it is refined.
As Carolina Herrera herself once famously stated on provocative dress trends of the current time, “The almost naked! Oh God! They’re trying to get people to pay attention to them. In life, there should be a little mystery.”
Bring the mystery in the Carolina Herrera Icon Silk Faille Cocktail Dress. When I first laid eye on this dress, I thought of one person and one person only—Kate Middleton, one of the brand’s loyal fans, among other royals, first ladies, and celebrities.
The regal, modest, short-sleeve cocktail dress is available at Saks Fifth Avenue in Blush, Frida Blue (royal blue), Sky Blue, Cobalt, and Midnight (navy).
If there’s one Saks cocktail dress you won’t regret buying for a second, it might be this one. I have the full-length gown version of this style and can honestly say that there’s only a small handful of dresses that make me feel quite as beautiful as when I’m wearing that one.
The one-shoulder fit and flare cocktail dress is available in Antique Bronze and Silver.
This wouldn’t be a complete trip to Saks without at least one couture cocktail dress. The Carolina Herrera Chalet Beaded and Embroidered Tulle Strapless Cocktail Dress is adorned with pearls accenting circuitous lattice embroidery over black tulle.
Complete the look with black Jimmy Choo Aurelie d’Orsay Pearly Band Pumps.
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Eva Phan is the founder of Eva Darling, a travel and style website aiming to empower women to see the world solo while sharing on-trend, luxury feminine style inspiration. Featured in publications including Forbes, Thrillist, and Yahoo News, Eva has combined her education from Parsons School of Design with her incurable case of the travel bug to create a global destination that encourages others to romanticize their everyday.