Formal Dresses

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The Best Formal Dresses for Summer

Turn to Windsor for the best formal dresses for summer that elevate with trendy designs, luxe details, captivating silhouettes, and rich fabrications. Discover a stylish assortment of formal dresses that are perfect for your semi-formal and formal summer occasions. You’ll look simply stunning with a gown that features necklines like v-neck, off-the-shoulder, sweetheart, one-shoulder, cowl, boat, and square necklines to accent your formal jewelry. Looking for a formal dress that brings the drama? Fall in love with trendy designs like sequin scroll prints, floral patterns, and flocked velvet designs. These beautiful styles flatter silhouettes while giving your formal dress that extra special touch. Don’t forget about the details that don’t go unnoticed. A formal dress will stand out at your summer occasion with details like mesh inserts that show off a hint of skin, sexy open backs, lace-up backs, ruffles, high slits, ruching, studded embellishments, and hidden side pockets to strike a pose in. When it comes to silhouettes, choose a formal dress that naturally flatters your body shape to achieve your stylish look. Shop a flared mermaid dress that accentuates curves, a sheath dress to keep it sleek, a classic A-line that pulls it all together, and asymmetrical dresses that bring that high-fashion feel. A luxe fabrication is the one detail that sets formal dresses apart from the rest. Choose from rich fabrications like curve-hugging crepe, sleek satin, airy chiffon, timeless tulle, glitzy glitter knit, and mesmerizing flocked velvet. Channel a glam feel with semi-formal gowns and formal dresses that stun with stylish details, luxe fabrications, and more to feel gorgeous at any summer event.

What is the difference between a formal dress and a semi-formal dress?

There are subtle differences between formal and semi-formal dresses. When shopping for the right dressy attire, consider how you will style your look for the dress code of the event you're attending and the vibe of the venue location. Formal attire can also be called a black-tie dress code that lends itself to the most glamourous attire. Expect to see this dress code for weddings, galas, and proms—these events usually require a floor-length dress with an A-line or mermaid silhouette, ball gown dresses, or a formal dress with luxe details like rhinestones or lace. A semi-formal dress for homecoming, weddings, or anniversary parties can come in shorter or midi lengths, two-piece styles, or a classic party length. Choose formal midi dresses that feature glam detailing like sequin bodices or high-slit satin skirts as this length offers more variety when it comes to semi-formal silhouettes. Explore necklines on formal dresses to highlight jewelry from plunge, cowl, and scoop necks to sweetheart or V-necklines. Strapless, spaghetti straps, and off-the-shoulder formal styles are sexy gown details to adore on both formal gowns and semi-formal dresses. The type of event you're attending, a military ball versus a Broadway show or a wedding at an upscale hotel versus one at the local house of worship, can also be a good clue to tell you if a formal dress code or semi-formal dress code is required.

Are formal dresses long?

Formal dresses are traditionally long in length and feature beautiful, eye-catching details like rhinestones, pleats, lace, and embroidery. When it comes to silhouettes, discover stunning silhouettes like A-line, mermaid, trumpet, and sheath dresses to stay on-trend. These days you can expect to see high-low satin dresses or unique two-piece dresses as floor-length alternatives for the trendsetters out there looking to revamp their formal dress assortment.