Celebrities like Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Aniston and Kate Upton all know the value of a great cocktail dress, including the iconic little black dress, and you should, too. However, cocktail dresses are not just for celebs. They are ideal for any woman who wants to make a grand entrance at an office party, a friend’s wedding, a weekend date or the red carpet. Boston is a bustling city that is host to plenty of events where nothing less than a fancy cocktail dress will suffice. Fortunately, there are plenty of shops and boutiques in the city that are dedicated to making women look and feel their best for any event.

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Mint Julep
1302 Beacon St.
Brookline, MA 02446
(617) 232-3600

If you are attending a cocktail party, Mint Julep has the cocktail dresses that will get you noticed. With designers like Tibi, Nanette Lepore and Milly, this charming boutique has everything you’ll need. Find styles in everything from strapless numbers to flirty ruffles. Fortunately, this boutique also has great jewelry and designer handbags. That means you can pick up all the accessories that will accentuate your cocktail dress while you’re there.

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Sara Campell LTD
44 Plympton St.,
Boston, MA 02118
(617) 482-SARA

Sara Campbell knows that women like to look their best at formal events, and the perfect cocktail frock is an essential part of that equation. One of the special aspects of the dresses from Sara Campbell LTD is that you won’t find them anywhere else. Each design is painstakingly created by Sara Campbell herself, a California native who relocated to Boston to pursue her education and never left. Campbell began her design career as an artist creating wearable art, and her current creations reflect those beginnings.

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Crush Boutique
131 Charles St.
Boston, MA 02114
(617) 720-0010

Crush Boutique has enough variety to make your head spin. With offerings from dozens of designers, this boutique is sure to have something you will love. They will sell you the little black dress of your dreams along with sexy lingerie to wear underneath it. The owners and sales staff are known for their helpful recommendations, and they will have you looking fabulous from head to toe.

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LIT Boutique
236 Hanover St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 391-0086

LIT Boutique has an excellent reputation for superior customer service, and that’s just as important as the range of cocktail dresses that they sell. With reasonable prices and helpful sales staff, LIT Boutique is the place to go for dresses and more. While you’re there picking out a little black dress or elegant white lace cocktail frock, check out the selection of leggings, scarves and shoes to complete your outfit. LIT also sells the perfect jewelry to accessorize your new cocktail dress.

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12 Fleet St.
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 523-8008

If you are looking for a great cocktail dress, check out Twilight in Boston’s North End. Inspired by feminine and beautiful designs, not the series of movies by the same name, Twilight has racks and display cases packed with fashionable clothing and accessories. The selection is as eclectic as the decor here, and there are plenty of amazing designer cocktail dresses on display. Twilight’s collection of formal dresses and party dresses include options that are far from ordinary and go well above and beyond the traditional little black dress.

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