What’s the best way to cap off the school year or university semester? With a school formal or university ball, of course! Now that the hardest part’s over, it’s time to let your hair down—or style it in an up-do—and look your very best with your besties and classmates. It’s time to let loose and dance the night away!
The great thing about high school formals? They are named for their dress code and are ergo self-explanatory. “What is the dress code of a formal?” said no one ever!
If you’re attending a university ball, the dress code will be similar, if not the same. Think of either event as clubbing in a ball gown—minus the excessive alcohol consumption and making out.
If you’re in need of some trendy formal dress ideas, you’re in luck. Show up in one of these gorgeous garments and you’ll easily earn a nomination for Best Dressed.
The Nevali Gown in orange
Made from eye-catching satin fabric, the orange Nevali Gown is a crisp, vibrant sunset in garment form. How can a gown be so form-fitting and yet flowing at the same time? From its fitted top to its ruched drape from the waist, this gown finds your best features and lengthens your stance. Wear this one if you want to shine bright like a sunstone.
To complete the look, wear jewelled high heels, as well as some gorgeous earrings—either floral or jewel drop. Don’t be afraid to choose gems as vibrant as the Nevali Gown herself!
The Agostina Gown in black
If classic and understated is more your jam, the Agostina Gown may be for you. Think of it as a little black dress with a maxi-length extension! From its sweetheart neckline to its tasteful side slit, this gown makes for a traditional interpretation of a formal dress code—or the picture-perfect fit for a black-and-white ball.
The Agostina Gown would be well offset with some vibrant, jewelled heels or earrings. Its sparkly belt is a finishing touch you are free to remove, depending on the look you are going for.
The Carola Dress in mauve
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You may have outgrown (or be in the process of outgrowing) high school, but that doesn’t mean you need to outgrow pink—or any variations thereof. Introducing the Carola Dress in mauve. Iridescent and slightly transparent, this feminine frock is frilled from the tippity-top to its tutued A-line skirt. Wear this one and create ripples not unlike those of a peony flower, maintaining a more subtle tone all the while.
This understated mauve complexion could use some extra sparkle. Complete the look with vibrant (or golden) jewelled earrings and sequin-studded high heels. If you’re really digging the pink theme, why not double down with a pair of rubellite earrings?
The Petra Dress in white
Want something textured without the ruffles? The Petra Dress in white is downed with 3D florals, adding visual interest to this otherwise blank canvas of a dress. It is fitted to your figure and finished with a sweetheart neckline and lace-up back. And because it’s white as snow, this renders it another classic, understated option perfect for a formal or university ball. It would be perfect for girls with darker hair and a sunkissed glow.
How would we accessorise this dress? With white, strappy heels and similarly neutral earrings—be they floral or jewelled. You could also contrast the white altogether with a splash of colour. You do you!
The Dione Gown in wine red
Let’s finish with something satin, stretchy, and seductive: the Dione Gown in red wine. This may be a little risqué for a high school formal; on the other hand, it covers everything from the bust down—and with its majestic mermaid cut, this even includes the feet.
The ideal blend of fitted and flowing, this gown clings at the waist and cascades down to create a mermaid silhouette. The Dione Gown forgoes the classic mermaid train, but this compromise means you can maintain the look without tripping yourself up on the dance floor.
When choosing something for a formal or university ball, you want to dress to the nines but choose something you can still move in. As touched on above, this means dresses with tripping hazards—aka mermaid trains—are out.
Apart from that, choose something tasteful that leaves just the right amount of skin on display. Be mindful that you’ll be in a school or university environment, and so you’ll need to dress a few tiers classier than you would at a club or pub. Save the mini dresses for your 21st.
Finally, take note of the dress code. A black-and-white ball, for example, may require something classic and monochromatic—and we have you covered here. You’re welcome.
If the dress code is more liberal, then dress to the nines in something long, lavish, and oh-so you. Whether you’re marking the end of semester or the end of the school year, there’s no doubt that you’ve earnt this event. Celebrate in style!