Formal Dresses

A collection of formal dresses that guarantee the RSVP will read 'yes' to everything. In sleek silhouettes and statement colours, or with ethereal fabrics and feminine detailing. Opt for classic black formal dresses or go bold in on-trend jewel coloured tones. Whatever the invite, there's a style to suit.

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Womens Formal Dresses

What is a formal dress?

How do you define formal? Formal dresses for women encompass various styles, from work and party outfits to white-tie glamour and everything in between. Whether you want to make a splash at a cocktail party or steal the show at a business event, formal dresses are the way to go.

What is the length of a formal dress?

The length and fit of a formal dress in the UK depend on the occasion. A mini formal dress makes for a flirty, attention-grabbing evening or cocktail outfit. For a more feminine glamorous look, wear a midi or midi maxi formal dress with accents like puffed sleeves , pleats or ruffles. Formal dresses come in many shapes and styles, giving you the freedom to compose your own irresistibly chic ensemble. Another consideration often taken into account when choosing the perfect formal dress, is body type. For an hourglass shaped figure, you may want to choose a more form fitting dress that accentuates the body’s natural curves. Cinched and V-neckline formal dresses will help produce this effect. Pear-shaped body types look good in dresses with a fit that adds volume and balance to the upper half of the body. A fitted open neck or strapless dress are great choices for this. To compliment petite and slender figures, short dresses showing a bit of leg can go a long way. Slim-fitting dresses with a V-neckline will help add length to your silhouette.

How to wear a formal dress?

Accessorize to enhance your style! Formal doesn’t mean drab and dull, so add your own unique touch.

Channel the classical and seductive beauty of the glamorous 60s silver screen queens by pairing black formal dresses with matching long gloves, a clutch and tights. Accent with elegant silver jewellery, natural makeup and a bold eye to make a statement.

White formal dresses lend themselves to a softer, more lovely appearance. Match with gold jewellery and complementary detail waist belt to bring the outfit together.

Formal can be fun! Pair colourful prints with ruched fits or daring cutouts to boldly show off your style. Jazz up the look by adding a charming solid colour scarf. If you’re attending a workplace event, add a blazer or wrap coat to turn almost any formal dress into beautiful business attire.

Which shoes to wear with a formal dress?

Formal dresses are supposed to be classy and glitzy, and the classic choice for shoes is either closed or open high heels. Choose footwear wisely, matching the design and colour to the fit and style of your outfit.

Heels aren’t the only choice available. Throw out the traditional and pair your mini formal dress with high-heeled or tall chunky boots for a touch of urban glam. Own your style!

When to wear a formal dress?

Going somewhere special? Formal dresses should match the occasion. You wouldn’t arrive with a show-stealing formal gown to a family picnic, and you wouldn’t wear shorts to a charity gala. Weddings, christenings, proms and formal balls are all occasions for formal dresses. If you need to dress to impress, then choose a formal dress.