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Captivate the room in the best formal dresses from Windsor’s special occasion collection of gorgeous formal gowns and stunning dresses. These dresses in formal to semi-formal styles are unique and curated just for you at Windsor in-store and online!

From side pockets to adjustable fits, you know you will find here that perfect formal outfit for any occasion, any time of year. Get ready for upcoming winter weddings, black-tie galas, winter formal dances, and fancy events by shopping for the latest trends. Discover elegant dresses showcasing chic silhouettes in luxe fabrications like smooth velvet, silky satin, airy chiffon, tulle, mesh, crepe, and more. Windsor’s formal dresses come in a variety of stunning colors, including trendy hues for the winter season such as burgundy, red, hunter green, navy blue, pink, purple, black, and white. Shop chic formal dresses in a variety of colors and fabrications you can style for multiple occasions like high school dances, banquets, dressy birthdays, and parties.

With so many options, it’s best to start with the type of silhouette that best flatters your unique figure. Find a variety of figure-flattering dress silhouettes that flaunt your favorite assets, from floor-sweeping A-lines to fitted trumpet styles. Showcase your curves by shopping mermaid-length dresses in varying fabrics like satin, matte crepe, glitter knit, or embroidered sequin. These long formal dresses not only flatter your shape but photograph beautifully.

Show off your love for drama in floor-sweeping formal gowns that will have all eyes on you! Illuminate the night in stunning long sequin dresses with intricate designs or short sequin dresses with all-over sequin embroidery. Find formal dresses with long sleeves, single sleeves, one-shoulder, and off-shoulder designs. To really bring the bling, step out in flashy rhinestone or heat stone-embellished dresses in both short and long designs.

For a shorter silhouette, shop stunning short formal dresses. Explore these formal dresses with mini-length hems in bodycon fits or skater skirt silhouettes. To bring the glitz and glamour to formal holiday parties, go for gorgeous glitter dresses or shimmering rhinestone dresses. Create a spark in metallic dresses with chic form-hugging silhouettes like formal midi dresses with front slits or wrap details.

Next, choose a special occasion dress with trending eye-catching details like open lace-up backs, side ruching, ruffle details, feather accents, or wrap fronts to highlight your best assets. Explore gorgeous ruched dresses that will show off your figure and will be the best winter formal dresses. Try on formal dresses that feature flattering necklines or alluring back details. Discover off-the-shoulder designs, cutout necklines, or square necklines that offer more coverage. Select from various options including cowl, sweetheart, halter, scoop, and V-necklines perfect for adorning with sparkling rhinestone jewelry sets. If you want to focus on the sleeve length, try one-shoulder, off-the-shoulder, and elegant long-sleeve formal dresses you’ll look stunning in!

Complete your special occasion outfits with luxe jewelry like flashy rhinestone statement earrings or simple sparkly studs. Shop neutral block heels, strappy stilettos, platforms, pumps, or clear heels for a trendy look. Keep all of your essentials on hand in intricately embellished evening bags or sleek and chic clutches. Windsor has everything to keep you looking fabulous all night long. Make your grand entrance in the latest formal dresses for winter only at Windsor!

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.