Party dresses are selling out at Long Island shops after a year of comfy clothing

As warmer weather hits and the world seems to be opening up with small events and celebrations, a new fashion item has emerged to invade our comfortable pandemic wardrobes. It’s called — brace yourself — “the party dress” (remember it?) and, many of us haven’t seen the likes of it for more than a year.

But the garment making its debut right now is not quite as we left it pre-pandemic.

“It’s not black-tie … and it’s not tailored or that mother-of-the-bride formal, that just doesn’t feel right,” says Afshin Haghani, the co-owner of Gallery Couture, a high fashion boutique