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Though prom season is behind us, wedding season is now in full force — and there’s a high probability that at least one of your events this season will have a black-tie or formal dress code. So many people have questions about what exactly this means and what’s considered appropriate, so we’re here to help. On most occasions, a black-tie or formal dress code means a floor-length gown. There are certain occasions where a minidress could be appropriate, but this is generally if the dress code is black-tie optional. If you’re looking for something standout to wear, the below picks are worth buying right now.
From sparkling sequin picks to dresses with flirty slits, these are the black-tie dresses and formal wedding guest looks we’re swooning over right now. These dresses span every major formalwear trend: ruffles, feathers, crystals, sheer, and more. Plus, there are plenty of dresses with cutouts, which is always a winner.
Whether you’re headed to prom, a black-tie wedding, a gala, or just a formal dinner, the below options will fit the dress code while making you look and feel like the belle of the ball. And we found styles at some of your favorite retailers, from Nordstrom to ASOS, Revolve to Retrofete, Mac Dougal to Portia and Scarlett.
Keep on reading to shop our selects, just in time for your next formal event.