Top 2020 Evening Dress Styles & Trends for All Occasions

Woman in an evening dress running

Evening dresses are necessary for many different occasions. They are great when you simply want to upgrade your outfit from elegant to extravagant. However, they are also a necessity for black-tie events. Some of these events have strict rules that you need to follow when picking your attire. Others are more relaxed, still, an evening dress has to be elegant either way.

If you were wondering which are leading trends in 2020 and how to wear your evening dresses (fail-safe tips), then you came to the right place. From weddings to the proms – we have covered some of the most important events that require you to wear an evening dress. These are our suggestions.

How to Wear Evening Dress

First of all, let’s see how to wear an evening dress. We have selected some of the tested-and-proven tips on how to style and wear your evening dress. If you were in doubt about the color, fit, and accessories you should pick – look no further.


When it comes to colors, you can count on shades that are not only popular this season but are general staples. Black, navy, and red are definitely shades that you can wear for any occasion. They are classy, sophisticated, and most important – always in style.

Dusty Rose Evening Dress with White Lace Applique


You should know the rule of wearing an evening dress. The shorter the dress, the higher the neckline. It is a simple, yet very powerful statement that you should definitely remember. Otherwise, many women make that mistake and wear something that is way above elegant and provocative.

Neckline Styles

You should pick a neckline which will make you feel comfortable and elegant. Halter, strapless, scoop, V-neck, plunge, and asymmetrical are just some of the necklines that you can go for when picking your evening dress. Pick them according to your style, but also to the dress code. For instance, deep V-neck might not be suitable for super elegant occasions, while with a scoop neckline evening dress you can’t go wrong.

Ball-Gown V-neck Floor-Length Satin Evening Dress


If the event you are attending takes place during the day and night then you will need something to drape over your shoulders. Knitwear is an interesting choice, while blazers, trench coats, and winter coats will make you look even more sophisticated.

The Season’s Biggest Trend

If you were wondering what is the biggest trend for 2020 evening dresses, you are about to find out. Believe it or not, everybody is in love with a classy and provocative slip dress. The slip dress is for creating great evening attire. The dress itself is reinvented from the nineties and everybody loves it.

Bags and Shoes

A statement clutch bag is everything that you will need this year to follow the trends. Go for those made of glass, interesting fabrics, and timeless sequins.

Open-toed and strappy sandals are ideal for summer. Pumps are classic, so when in doubt always pick them. Avoid platforms and flats.

Trumpet/Mermaid Off-the-Shoulder Sweep Train Chiffon Lace Evening Dress With Beading Sequins

Black-Tie Rule

If you are going to an event where the dressing rule is black-tie, then you should definitely wear a long evening dress. Definitely avoid short, and even midi and tea-length dresses.

The Top Styles of Evening Dress 2020

Many of you probably wonder how to wear evening dresses for different occasions. Some of these occasions require a specific style, while for others you can be creative and choose the style, color, and length by yourself.

① Wedding

A-Line V-neck Floor-Length Tulle Evening Dress With Beading Sequins Split Front
Dress ID: 229892

Your best friend’s wedding day is an excellent opportunity to show off your brand new evening dress. Many women wonder what to wear and how to style it, but not to overshadow a bride. Be classy, elegant, and add jewelry that compliments your attire.

Weddings usually don’t require a specific dress code. You can’t be wrong with an elegant and long V-neck dress in navy blue. The sequined bodice looks pretty and glamorous, so you won’t need a lot of jewelry to compliment the style.

② White Tie

A-Line V-neck Floor-Length Chiffon Evening Dress With Sequins
Dress ID: 167718

White tie events are even fancier than black tie ones. For the white tie dress code you should really pay attention to details, jewelry, cut off the dress, and upgrade it as much as possible. So, you should probably step out of your comfort zone.

This gorgeous A-line floor-length dress will astound everyone. The cape sleeves are a wonderful addition to the dress as they make it look fantastic and so sophisticated. Deep V-neckline is great for adding jewelry, while the A-line cut keeps you comfortable.

③ Black Tie

Trumpet/Mermaid Off-the-Shoulder Sweep Train Sequined Evening Dress
Dress ID: 153639

For a black-tie event choose something sequined, embellished, and sexy. It shouldn’t be provocative though, so it is best to opt for floor length.

This navy sequined dress has an off-the-shoulder neckline which is great for every season. In winter you can drape a coat or a faux fur over your shoulders. The mermaid trumpet cut will highlight all your curves.

④ Semi-formal

A-Line Scoop Neck Floor-Length Chiffon Evening Dress
Dress ID: 219159

Semi-formal events are great for those people who don’t like to be super fancy dressed. They are more relaxed than black and white tie occasions, still, you can’t go wearing your jeans.

Mint dress in maxi length is great for semi-formal events. It is an A-line, scoop dress that seems elegant, yet not over-the-line. You can accessorize it with a chunky piece of jewelry and some knitwear.

⑤ Prom

Grey evening dress for prom
Dress ID: 235179

Prom nights are very important in young girls’ lives. The dress simply has to be a perfect fit for the body and style. The safe option is a dress that won’t make you cross your limits and will suit your style.

Grey fabric is neutral, yet very elegant. This lovely trumpet one-shoulder floor-length dress will be a real head-turner. The delicate embellishment on the bodice is great for young girls. You don’t even have to add a lot of jewelry. Go for a nice bracelet instead.


Evening dress is a statement piece that you need to have in your closet. Choosing the right one might be tricky, but hopefully, this guide helped you. As you could see, different occasions require different dresses. While weddings and semi-formal events might be more casual, black and white ties have a very strict dress code.

We hope you have found a dress for yourself!

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