The No-Trousers Red Carpet Trend Jennifer Lopez and Meghan Markle Both Love

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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 trouser-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 sure-fire 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 oversized 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 of my picks.

1. Zara Blazer Dress With Rhinestone Buttons

Zara Blazer Dress With Rhinestone Buttons (£80)

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

2. Anna Quan Chiara Twist Blazer Dress

Anna Quan Chiara Twist Blazer Dress (£557)

The twist detail on this one is everything.

3. ASOS Luxe Ultimate Tux Dress in Black

ASOS Luxe Ultimate Tux Dress in Black (£25)

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

4. ASOS Design Leather-Look Oversized Mini Blazer Dress

ASOS Design Leather-Look Oversized Mini Blazer Dress (£40)

This style has major '80s vibes.

5. The Kooples Chase Jacket Dress

The Kooples Black Jacket Dress With Pleating (£280)

So chic.

6. Zara Cut Out Blazer Dress

Zara Cut Out Blazer Dress (£50)

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

7. NA-KD Tailored Vest Dress

NA-KD Tailored Vest Dress (£51)

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

8. Adrianna Papell Velvet Tuxedo Dress

Adrianna Papell Velvet Tuxedo Dress (£135)

If you're asking yourself whether or not you need this in your wardrobe, the answer is yes. You absolutely do.

9. Nasty Gal Check Blazer Dress

Nasty Gal Check Blazer Dress (£27)

I love the subtle check print on this one.

10. Dion Lee Accordion Pleat Blazer

Dion Lee Accordion Pleat Blazer (£770)

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

11. Nanushka Ruched Satin Mini Wrap Dress

Nanushka Ruched Satin Mini Wrap Dress (£211)

The satin this dress is made of is absolutely drool-worthy.

12. ASOS Design Shoulder Pad Blazer Dress With Obi Belt in Soft Camel

ASOS Design Shoulder Pad Blazer Dress With Obi Belt in Soft Camel (£42)

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

13. & Other Stories Hourglass Blazer Mini Dress

& Other Stories Hourglass Blazer Mini Dress (£120)

This one will look great with strappy sandals.

14. Oscar de la Renta Tuxedo Wool Mini Dress

Oscar de la Renta Tuxedo Wool Mini Dress (£2800)

So chic!

15. Balmain Double-Breasted Tuxedo Tweed Dress

Balmain Double-Breasted Tuxedo Tweed Dress (£1850)

If you're a fan of bubblegum pink, this one's for you.

16. Self-Portrait Checked Peak-Lapels Blazer Dress

Self-Portrait Checked Peak-Lapels Blazer Dress (£400)

I'm calling it: This is going to be the dress of autumn.

17. Elisabetta Franchi Double-Breasted Blazer Dress

Elisabetta Franchi Double-Breasted Blazer Dress (£393)

The tailoring on this one is everything.

18. French Connection Colet Wrap Tuxedo Dress

French Connection Colet Wrap Tuxedo Dress (£48)

This one has a more casual feel.

19. Rebecca Vallance Ilona Blazer Mini Dress

Rebecca Vallance Ilona Blazer Mini Dress (£526)

This checked version is perfect.

20. Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Long-Sleeve Blazer Dress

Philosophy di Lorenzo Serafini Long-Sleeve Blazer Dress (£1187)

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

This piece originally appeared on Who What Wear U.S. Next up, the biggest autumn/winter 2021 fashion trends to know.

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