Formals are pretty much the event of the season in the collegiate world. The beautiful dresses, perfect weather, and romantic, springtime vibe makes this event one to remember. So it’s only fitting that your dress for this evening is one to remember, too. Even if your school doesn’t have a formal, there are still so many occasions during this time of year that lend to a fancier dress code — from themed parties to summer weddings. With formal season right around the corner, the stress and anxiety over finding the perfect look is totally picking up. To avoid these nerves, and have the hottest look of the night, read on to see what formal dress styles are the hottest right now!
01. Bold Colors
This season, stray away from bland, pastel colors and instead strive for a bright, bold colored dress. These looks will make sure that you stand out in every picture and on the dance floor!
Reformation Marguerite Silk Dress
Available in multiple colors. $298.
Urban Outfitters Stephy Satin Tiered Mini Dress
Zara Satin Effect Dress With Lace
02. Fun Prints
While a bright color is bound to attract attention, a fun print will absolutely have the same effect! A funky print is always a unique option and, chances are, no one will be wearing the same look as you!
With Jéan Juniper Dress
For Love and Lemons June Bell Sleeve Mini Dress
Zara Satin Effect Print Dress
03. Funky Cutouts
This season, funky cutouts have been all the rage. Whether it’s a cute keyhole at the neck, triangular side cutouts, or a full backless moment, they can add so much to a look!
Abercrombie Knotted Halter Cutout Maxi Dress
Also available in Terracotta Red. $80.
White Fox Boutique Bend The Rules Midi Dress
Also available in Blue. $70.
Free People Jessa Maxi
Also available in Mocha. $168.
04. Unique Cuts
Unique cuts are a great way to emphasize your body type, and add a totally unexpected vibe to a formal look! Whether it’s a funky jumpsuit, a high low situation, or a super fun mini-train, a distinctive cut or hemline will always make you stand out in a crowd!
Katie May Chasing Dawn Gown
Elliatt X REVOLVE Times Dress
Also available in Blue Multi. $279.
Zara Double Breasted Blazer Dress
05. Romantic Styles
If you are totally into the ultra-feminine looks that have been trending everywhere lately, maybe a romantic look is for you! Spring is the perfect time to experiment with a beautiful, girly look, and these dresses are great for a spring formal!
LoveShackFancy Thressey Mini Dress
Bronx and Banco Eva Midi Dress
For Love & Lemons Tatiana Lace Sheer Mini Dress
The little black dress is probably the most versatile dress and, while the color itself won’t stand out on its own, the cut you choose and the way you accessorize can make this a totally unique look! If you are in a crunch to find the perfect dress, a trusty LBD may be the perfect dress for you!
Lulus Drinks On Me Black Sleeveless Pleated Bodycon Dress
Also available in White and Mauve. $59.
Miss Selfridge Sweetheart Neck Contour Ribbed Knit Mini Dress
Zara Asymmetric Draped Dress Limited Edition
07. Little White Dresses
If black doesn’t quite scream spring to you, maybe a little white dress is more up your alley. White always looks beautiful, and as an added bonus, it gives your skin a beautiful tanned glow. The LWD is also a perfect look to experiment with accessories! From bright colored jewelry, to a funky belt, the little white dress can be the perfect springtime look!
Rachel Zoe Puff Sleeve Handkerchief Hem Midi Dress
Princess Polly Novella Mini Dress
Also available in Pink, Red, and Black. $55.
Anthropologie Textured Shift Mini Dress
Also available in petite and plus sizes. $148.
Spring Formal, or any formal event for that matter, can certainly be stressful, but finding a dress that you feel amazing in shouldn’t be. From a funky print, to a simple LBD, there are so many looks you can go with! Spring Formal’s are the perfect time to experiment with your look, and with the variety of looks you can choose, there is no way you won’t find a perfect dress!