Summer Formal Dresses for Parties & Special Occasions

We love any excuse to dress up. Whether it’s a milestone celebration or a fancy party, formal wear is a must when you know that Instagram Stories and phone cameras will be capturing the entire soirée. Prepare to dress to the nines in our LBDs, cocktail dresses, evening gowns, formal maxis, and more while discovering which style is best for which occasion.

Formal Mini Dresses

There’s no better time to flaunt a formal mini dress than during the summertime. With so many occasions and other reasons to celebrate this season, short dresses that hit mid-thigh will keep you looking cute while staying cool on those hot summer nights. We love these styles for any event where you can let loose on the dance floor, such as a wedding reception or a club. Go for a little black dress in a bodycon style if you want to show off your curvy silhouette, but look for fun details, such as ruffles, cut outs, glitter, or a floral applique to perk up an otherwise simple piece. For those that don’t want a skin-tight ensemble, skater dresses are always fun, flirty, and the most flattering for all body types. Add a fun, colorful purse or chunky accessories to complete your party look.

Special Occasion Midi Dresses

For an intimate evening affair, such as a candlelit dinner with your boo or a dimly-lit rooftop lounge with a close group of friends, midi dresses keep your look classy with a length that hits below the knee. Bring out your sultry side with a body-hugging midi dress that has a leg slit (because we all know that body-hugging midi dresses are a little difficult to move around in sometimes), or a daring deep v or sweetheart neckline to really show off your best assets. If this isn’t your style, opt for a slinky and silky midi dress for an extra sophisticated touch for the evening. Keep accessories to a minimum with dainty stud earrings or a necklace, and choose a small, neutral crossbody bag for all your essentials.

Fancy Maxi Dresses

For the formal event of the season, let your inner socialite come out into the spotlight. These elegant long dresses will have you feeling like a celebrity walking down the red carpet. Play with different colors and necklines such as an off the shoulder paired with a sweetheart neckline, while keeping the silhouette sleek with a fit and flare style. Different fabrics can also play a role in how formal a dress can look. A crepe fabric is simple and comfortable, while glitter, silk or lace fabrics are major attention grabbers. Don’t be afraid to dazzle, because it’s your night to shine. Accessorize with all the rhinestones you can handle, from your sparkly earrings to your dainty clutch.

Ready to spruce up for a special occasion? Our formal dresses under $59.90 are just what you and your budget need for that upcoming summer wedding or black tie event.