The Pants-less Red Carpet Trend Jennifer Lopez and Meghan Markle Both Love

If you know me, then you know I love a good suit. An alternative to the traditional cocktail dress, I love opting for tailored pieces for weddings and other formal events. However, come summertime, I’m a pretty big advocate for going pants-less. This is why I’m such a fan of the trend that celebs like Dua Lipa and Jennifer Lopez just can’t stop wearing on the red carpet: the tuxedo dress.

The perfect marriage of a suit and minidress, tuxedo dresses are essentially just elongated tuxedo jackets or blazers and are sometimes cinched at the waist. They’re a surefire way to look polished for any occasion. What I love most about them is their versatility. They look great paired with towering sandals or pumps, but they can just as easily be paired with any of 2021’s sneaker trends for a casual yet elevated look. Another styling tip? Many tuxedo dresses have an oversize fit, so I love pairing mine with a designer belt to create some shape.

Ahead, I scoured the internet for the best tuxedo dresses out there (at every price point, of course) so you can step up your night-out game in a big way. Keep scrolling to shop all 25 of my picks.

Consider this dress a must-have staple that can be dressed up or down.

The twist detail on this one is everything.

The perfect day-to-night dress, this one can effortlessly transition from the office to dinner.

This style has major ’80s vibes.

I love the boning and mesh detail on this sleek little number.

Short sleeves and midriff cutouts? The perfect end-of-summer dress.

Afraid of getting sweaty? Don’t fret—there are sleeveless versions, too!

If you’re asking yourself whether or not you need a pink zebra-print dress in your wardrobe, the answer is yes. You absolutely do.

I love the subtle check print on this one.

This incredible piece features hook-and-eye fastenings and inverted pleats, making it totally worth the splurge.

The buttery vegan leather this dress is made of is absolutely drool-worthy.

Rather than buttons, this chic little number features hidden popper fastenings and corset details.

This one will look great with strappy sandals.

I’ll be ordering this affordable staple in every color.

If you’re a fan of puff sleeves, this one’s for you.

I’m calling it: This is going to be the dress of fall.

The tailoring on this one is everything.

This one has a more casual feel.

The fluttery skirt on this dress is so cute.

This would look great belted or worn open over a simple slip dress.

These strategically placed cutouts will definitely keep you cool in the summer heat.

After seeing this dress, lemon yellow just might be my new favorite color.

I’ll be pairing this one with my combat boots.

Simple, affordable, and so, so pretty.

The perfect match for all of your fall boots.

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