Formal Dresses

Step into a world of elegance in our collection of formal dresses, picture-perfect for weddings, proms, balls, and galas. Our curated assortment includes a variety of lengths and styles, from the classic floor-sweeping ball gowns to the sophisticated charm of midi-length dresses. Delve into the timeless beauty of princess-like tulle skirts, the sleek allure of luxe satin mermaid-style dresses, and the modern sophistication of low-back silhouettes.


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You'll feel beautiful in formal dresses and gowns from Windsor. Year-round we have you covered with a fresh and on-trend assortment of long gowns in mermaid or trumpet, short formal dresses with stylish accents, and more! With a stunning selection of elegant dresses for any occasion, you will find styles with unique accents, luxe fabrications, and designs you'll find nowhere else! From special events like weddings and black-tie affairs to milestone birthdays and Prom 2024, we have the perfect dress for you.

In this season's updates, you'll find a range of stylish formal dresses in the latest fashion trends. These formal dresses are not only fashionable but also affordable, so you can stay on-trend without breaking the bank.

We carefully choose luxurious fabrics for these dresses, ensuring both beauty and comfort. From rich velvets to delicate lace, flowing chiffon to structured taffeta, this collection has it all. These fabrics are not only on-trend but also durable, ensuring your dress will last for seasons to come.

When it comes to silhouette, explore a variety of options to flatter every figure. From floor-sweeping A-lines to fitted trumpet styles, you showcase your curves and your style. Mermaid dresses crafted from satin, crepe, or glitter knit not only enhance your shape but also photograph beautifully.

If you're looking for a semi-formal dress, search dressy to semi-formal styles with eye-catching details. From open lace-up backs to thigh-high slits, ruffle details to feather accents, there is something for everyone. Shop ruched dresses perfect for wedding guests or formal cocktail events, adding instant personality to your look.

New formal dresses feature a range of flattering necklines, including off-the-shoulder, cutout, square, sweetheart, halter, and plunging V-necklines. Pair them with sparkling rhinestone necklace sets for a glamorous touch. Explore these recent updates:

For a dramatic entrance or milestone birthday celebration, find floor-sweeping formal birthday dresses with trains, drapes, or large bow accents that will instantly inspire a celebration. Turn heads in long sequin dresses with intricate designs or opt for short sequin dresses with all-over embroidery. Capture formal dresses with long sleeves, one-shoulder designs, and off-shoulder styles. For a red-carpet-ready look, explore our selection of long formal dresses with all-over rhinestone designs or sparkling embellishments.

Prom season is also just around the corner, and we have the trendiest dresses for you. Be the trendsetter of your squad in flirty taffeta dresses or tulle dresses with chic tiered ruffled designs. Whether you prefer short or long-length silhouettes, we have options that will make you feel like a runway model. For added drama and allure, opt for feather-trim dresses. 2024 prom dresses feature of-the-moment designs such as puff sleeves, bubble hems, or elaborate bow-back designs with a cascading train.

We pay meticulous attention to detail in our formal dresses. Many of them feature side pockets and adjustable fits to ensure your comfort and convenience. For a fairytale moment, explore our tulle or mesh ball gowns with fitted high waists and floor-length hems that will make you feel like royalty as you enter the room.

Whether you prefer to visit your local Windsor store or shop online, our friendly and knowledgeable staff are here to assist you in finding the perfect dress for any occasion. Don't miss out on the latest trends in formal fashion! Update your wardrobe with Windsor's stunning collection of formal dresses today.

Tips For Choosing The Right Formal Dress Silhouette For Your Body Type

When choosing a formal gown or dress, it's important to choose a silhouette that flatters your body type. A dress that fits well and accentuates your best features will make you feel confident and beautiful. Here are some tips for choosing the right silhouette for your body type:

  • If you have an hourglass figure, opt for a dress with a fitted bodice and a flowing skirt to accentuate your curves.
  • If you have a pear-shaped figure, opt for a dress with a fitted bodice and a full skirt to balance out your proportions.
  • If you have a rectangle-shaped figure, opt for a dress with a defined waistline and a flowing skirt to create the illusion of curves.
  • If you have an apple-shaped figure, opt for a dress with a v-neckline and an empire waist to draw attention to your upper body.

No matter what your body type, there is a formal dress or gown out there that will flatter your figure and make you feel confident and beautiful.

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 glamorous 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 in 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?

No, not all formal dresses are long. Formal dresses are traditionally long in length and feature beautiful, eye-catching details like rhinestones, pleats, lace, and embroidery. The special occasion dress collections at Windsor feature a glamorous variety of short, midi, and long dress lengths to accommodate every occasion. When it comes to silhouettes, discover stunning long silhouettes like A-line, mermaid, trumpet, and sheath dresses to stay on-trend. Formal short dresses can be found in midi-lengths or shorter styles like party or skater dresses but come in elevated designs showcasing sleeves, necklines, and of course luxe fabrications from velvet to satin, sequin to rhinestone. These days you can expect to see high-low satin dresses or unique two-piece dresses as floor-length alternatives for trendsetters looking to revamp their formal dress assortment.