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What to Wear to School Formal


With school formal season just around the corner, it’s time to get your perfect look sorted! Whether it’s year 10, year 12 or you’re attending a special school ball, it is sure to be the social event of the season. With this event set to be a magical night, it all starts with choosing your perfect dress – after all, if you feel great, you’ll enjoy yourself all the more. With endless options of formal dresses, which one will be the special one you choose?

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Formal dresses have changed greatly over the years and nowadays there are endless choices and though exciting, it can sometimes be very confusing! Long, short, colour, neutral, sleek, ball gown – an unlimited amount of styles are yours for the picking. The first thing to consider is what type of school you attend. If you attend a conservative school (strict uniforms and policies) it will be important to keep that in mind when picking your outfit. Regardless of how conservative or lenient your school might be in their dress code, this is a school function you are attending so there is a certain level of modesty that should be opted for in your outfit. Plunging necklines, sheer gowns and cut outs should only be chosen after careful consideration.

When it comes to selecting the perfect formal gown, you may also have to think about selecting an outfit to suit a particular theme if your school formal has one. Themes can typically be quite broad which still allows you the creative freedom to choose that perfect dress, but it’s always nice to make a nod to the set theme with your outfit. There is a great deal of work that goes into making school formals a special event and abiding to a dress code, even in a loose manner, is a simple way to show your appreciation. So now that we’ve gone through schools and dress codes, let’s get to the dresses! Here we’ve got our top formal selects to have you turning heads throughout your school formal.

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Elle Zeitoune Cheyna Black Gown
elle Zeitoune Cheyna Black Gown

Glamorous School Formal Gowns

For many, the school formal is the first time to get all dressed up so it is no surprise that a glamorous gown is often a favourite. For the ultimate formal look, you can’t go past the Elle Zeitoune Cheyna Gown. The strapless sleek mermaid style in a black sequin fabric will have you glistening all night long. If all over sequins aren’t for you but you still like a touch of sparkle, the Embellished Gown by Badglet Mischka is a luxurious column style with armour-like shoulder detail to give you a touch of luxe. These two gowns are beautifully luxurious and sleek in their silhouette, however if it’s something a little more playful that you’re looking for, you can’t go past the Tulip Dress by Bronx and Banco. With an off the shoulder bodice, fitted waist and a cascading waterfall hem, this gown is the ultimate glamour girl look!

Bronx and Banco Tulip Dress
Bronx and Banco Tulip Dress

A Pop Of Colour

Nothing says ‘statement’ like a gorgeous pop of colour. A colour that highlights your features and complexion will make you turn heads as you make your entrance, Cinderella moment here you come! If you’re opting for a coloured style, there are endless colour choices from bold pops through to more muted shades. For the ultimate statement, you can’t go past a vibrant red style like the Ellle Zeitoune Lori Gown. With a glamorous lace fabric and a beautiful mermaid silhouette, this style is sleek and ever so flattering. While a vibrant red style is a stunning showstopper, if you’re after something a little more subtle (yet still gorgeous) a muted blue like the Alexa Dress by Unspoken is the answer! This structured number is beautiful, contemporary and elegant.

Elle Zeitoune Lori Red Gown
Elle Zeitoune Lori Red Gown

Something Short

A short style is becoming more and more favourable for school formals. So often girls will opt for a long gown at the year 10 formal and something more of a cocktail style for year 12. This is in no way what you need to do, it’s all about making sure you feel comfortable and confident! If you’re one who loves a shorter style or you want to kick up your heels and dance the night away, the Talulah Strapless Midi Dress is for you. This vibrant tangerine style is fitted throughout the bust and flares into a gorgeous A-line skirt, perfect for celebrating your school year. For something a little more sleek, the Winona Amalfi Maxi Dress will steal your heart.

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talulah strapless midi dress
talulah strapless midi dress

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