What to Wear to a Formal Event

what to wear to a formal event

Wondering what to wear to a formal event? We’ve broken down the best formal outfits for different types of formal occasions so you don’t have to worry about being over or underdressed! This is your official formal event styles guide. We’ll make sure you’re feeling beautiful and confident in whatever outfit you choose. 


Charity Galas
what to wear to a gala

Any kind of fundraiser event or charity gala calls for bold colors. Don’t worry about toning down your formal outfit. This is your opportunity to pull out those showstopping, stunning styles. Floor-length dresses are definitely going to be your go-to regardless of the hue you choose to wear.  

Garden Party
floral dresses

The perfect excuse for to wear floral dresses! This is the time to bring out all those beautiful prints you've been wanting to wear. It's so fun to style these types of formal outfits with bright accessories and shoes.

Art Shows 
what to wear to an art show

Attending a gallery opening or art show allows you to be even more whimsy and trendy with the dress you choose to wear. You can get away with midi or knee length fits as well. The cut or body of the dress can also be less reserved or conservative. Don’t be afraid to be bold in your color choices for your formal outfits since you will be surrounded by artists and art aficionados. 

what to wear to a ball

The go-to dress style for balls is definitely a-line style with a flowy skirt. As far as color choice is concerned for your formal outfit, you can never go wrong with elegant hues such as gold, champagne, white or any type of jewel tone.  

Formal Wedding 
what to wear to a formal wedding

Dressing for a formal wedding is all about going for more neutral hues and dresses that have amazing details so you are not pulling any attention away from the bride. Avoid solid white or ivory colors as well as elaborate prints in your formal outfits. We love wrap dresses or sheer layers for this type of occasion. High-neck dresses with a side slit are also stunning options. 

what to wear to a ceremony

Ceremonies like a graduation or awards banquet may call for a more professional or classy statement, but that does not mean your dress needs to be boring. Think darker hues and neutrals with classic necklines or lengths. Truly timeless styles that you can wear for years to come.

Looking for more outfit inspo for your next wedding? Check out our Wedding Style Guide.

wedding style guide