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The Best Formal Dresses for Fall

Celebrate all those special moments in a formal dress that reflects glamour, elegance, and style. Windsor’s beautiful formal dresses are perfect for all fall special occasions. Skip dress shops and find your complete head-to-toe look here. Discover elegantly designed formal gowns, sleek and stunning long dresses, and feminine and chic short dresses. Shop dresses in rich fall hues such as burgundy, hunter green, and navy blue that will give off regal vibes. If a classic look is more your style, keep it chic in an always flattering black formal dress to style with your favorite rhinestone or glitter clutches and formal jewelry for a look that wows! Explore a stylish selection of long formal dresses that are picture-perfect for bridesmaids. Stun in classic round and V-necklines, or trendy cowl neck, one-shoulder, or off-the-shoulder necklines. Long sleeve formal dresses give off an elegant look. Flowing silhouettes like A-line, mermaid, and trumpet make each step in a long gown special. Ball Gowns from Windsor have gorgeous details that make these formal dresses perfect for cotillions, pageants, and Military Balls. Discover structured midi dresses with beautiful sequin, glitter, or lace details for formal cocktail parties. Choose a fabric that makes your special occasion or evening dress a standout for Homecoming dresses, formal celebrations, or autumn weddings. Try airy chiffon, romantic lace, dramatic tulle, sleek satin, or a luxe velvet dress in the latest floor-length and party styles. Look out for chic details like pockets, rhinestone embellishments, stunning scroll prints, or glitzy glitter patterns. Make sure the back of your dress makes an unforgettable statement with either a bold open back, cross strap back, a caged back, or a chic lattice back design. Add your personal finishing touches with a rhinestone choker to complement a gorgeous neckline or a pair of duster earrings to adorn a captivating updo! Whether you’re looking for short formal dresses or longer silhouettes, shop Windsor’s formal dress collection to radiate beauty at your special occasion.

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. Explore specialty gowns designed with accents that elevate your formal dress with hand-beading, rhinestone embellishments, or detailed embroidery. 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.