Even for those who live and breathe fashion, seeing the term “formal attire” on an invitation can seem a little daunting. After all, this dress code demands the highest level of perfection, elegance, and sophistication. Whether it’s a gala dinner, charity fundraiser, red-carpet event, or a wedding – TheDressWarehouse has something for everyone with an appetite for high-end fashion. No, formal attire is not about buying an expensive dress for every event you grace with your presence. Our comprehensive collection of designer formal gowns offers a perfect fit for your taste and wallet. Here, every piece comes with a heavy discount so you can look like a stunning goddess for each one of your upcoming soirees.
When Should You Wear a Formal Gown?
Every fancy event on your calendar demands a unique (and magnificent) formal gown. These gowns are typically floor-length. However certain occasions may entertain knee-length pieces. The key to becoming the light of your next event is by dressing for the occasion. There are several types of formal events, and each requires you to dress in a specific way. For instance, a ball gown may be a flawless choice for a wedding but might make you feel out of place during a cocktail party. Knowing the type of formal event you’re attending is vital to choose the formal gown you’ll be flaunting.
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Some of the most common types of formal dress codes include white tie, black tie, black tie optional, outdoor formal, and cocktail.
White-tie affairs are ultra-fancy events reserved for state dinners, galas, or opulent wedding parties. If the dress code on your invitation says “white tie,” don’t think twice before picking the glittering metallic ball gown by MNM Couture adorned with dramatic lace and embroidery.
When it comes to black-tie affairs, the best route to take would be to get yourself a long floor-length gown. Try the Edward Arsouni piece that features a stunning asymmetrical neckline dress with a one-shoulder bodice, shimmering sequin, and a sweep train. If you’re looking for a unique twist with added drama, go for the Andrea and Leo mermaid-style dress with feathery sleeves and a sweetheart neckline.
For black-tie optional – a dress code that is formal yet slightly relaxed – simply oscillate toward chic and sleek long or mid-length dresses. A choice worth considering for a black-tie options event would be the glamorous floor-sweeping gown by Portia and Scarlett piece featuring a thigh-high slit and a fitted silhouette that cascades into a short train.
Outdoor formal dress code is often given out for events that unfold during fancy outdoor affairs like garden parties or beach weddings. While these events take place “outdoors,” it’s still important to keep your attire formal. For cocktail events, you can go for something slightly less formal like a tea-length dress or a Clarisse piece with a sweep train and a high slit.
Dress Your Way to Perfection with These Tips
The first thing to consider when picking your formal attire is your body type. You want to look stunning, but you also want to stay comfy enough to enjoy the night. If you have a pear-shaped body, try finding a dress that highlights your torso. If you have a large bust, try avoiding backless dresses. Petite ladies can pick a piece that creates the illusion of height. This includes long gowns with thigh-high slits. If you have a gorgeous hourglass figure, try finding a gown that hugs your body and accentuates your divine curves.
Once you align the choice of your dress with your body type, it’s time to understand how to style it! There’s no such thing as being overdressed at glamorous events like these. Once you’re done picking your outfit, find the right statement jewels, a pair of high heels, and an equally gorgeous clutch to pair with your formal attire.
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