What To Wear: School Formal

What To Wear: School Formal

How to nail Formal this year

From the perfect designer dress hire right down to the shoes


Take your pens out girls, because Formal season is fast approaching and is easily the most anticipated event of the season. There are very few occasions in life where you can rock a show-stopping dress and Formal is one of them. We spill all the details on the best trends for Formal dresses to make your experience the easiest it can possibly be. 


With so many options, Formal can be a source of social anxiety - you want to dress to impress (whether that be for your date or so that the photos for your gram are the chicest as possible) but here at Your Closet we want to make the process as simple as possible, can’t visit us in store to have a stylist walk you through all the options? Don’t worry, keep reading for our ultimate Formal guide so you can create your dream look, minus the stress.


No matter when Formal is, there is no time too early to start thinking about it. Securing your dress early means you don’t have a last minute panic and you can simply get on with your life and enjoy picking your accessories and thinking about what hair and makeup look you want to go for. Depending on which Formal you are attending it might mean a different look, generally trends see Year 10 wearing a semi-formal dress, meaning cocktail or midi styles. Moving through to Year 12 which calls for something more evening and luxe with a full length dress or gown completely appropriate for the occasion. Here are our top picks for Formals!


#1 Slip Style

Wanting something simple and elegant that can still shows off your figure? The slip stye is the perfect look for you. It can be an understated look but pair with bold statement jewellery and a killer set of heels it can completely transform this look. We love this style for those that want a sophisticated yet still stylish look that is easy to wear and something you can dance the night away in. 


Our go to dress for this classic silky slip vibe is the Bowery Slip Dress by Camilla & Marc. Crafted in a luxurious silky material, the Bowery Slip dress features a cowl neckline, spaghetti straps and an effortless front split. Available in seven colours, from classic black and French navy to a fresh ice blue, soft champagne beige and everything in between!


With a simple slip style, we recommend an undone look with beauty waves and fresh makeup with a simple barely-there thin-strap heel.


#2 Bodycon Vibes

So your style is classic and simple yet effortless and you like to look glam but in a paired back way - if this sounds like you then this is the style for you. Formal is your time to shine, and there is nothing like a form fitting bodycon style to accentuate all your best features. With a classic neckline and high slit, it is a classic way to look sexy without it being too much. With a simple style why not try a bold red or classic white?


We love the Likely NYC formal gowns with clean lines and block colours, finished off with a high slit to add a bold dimension to the look. For those looking for a one shoulder option, the Roxy Gown in black is a style not to look past. With this detailed neckline, keep the rest of the look minimal and accessorise with some simple sparkly studs. 


Looking for a pop of colour? The Likely Lilliana or Bethanny gown will be your go-to. In bright red which is sure to make you stand out. The rest of the dress is simple and fitted, meaning the colour will do all the talking. 



#3 Hollywood Glam

There is one thing in life that we are sure of and that is glitter is everything. There is nothing like a bit of a shimmer or full-blown, unhinged sparkle to dress a look up and Formal is no exception. If your style screams flirty, feminine and not afraid to take a risk then you go girl, slay in a sequin dress that will have all the attention your way. 


Take your Hollywood glam to the next level with a detailed backless gown featuring unique lace up detailing as shown in the Sadie Gown by Tania Olsen. Available in a striking emerald green or soft matte-gold, the shape is super flattering and features a nigh neck with adjustable strap. 


Your dress is dazzling and you are shining head to toe, so we recommend when rocking a sequin gown keeping the rest of your look more simple - think a classic nude or black heel and a simple pair of earrings to finish off this outfit. 



#4 Edgy Dress Alternatives 

You love experimenting with fashion and Formal should be no exception. If its your worst nightmare to show up in a dress that someone else is wearing then stand out from the crowd and rock something completely different.. Just because it’s Formal doesn’t mean you HAVE to wear a dress, which is why we love a jumpsuit as a chic alternative to your traditional full length gown. With a tailored and more modern look, finish off this outfit with a power heel, structured clutch and some statement earrings. 


The perfect option for this look is the Saki Jumpsuit by Camilla & Marc. Featuring a wide leg navy bottom with beautiful dropped navy velvet top, the plunging neckline can be made more dramatic or also more covered depending on the look you are trying to achieve! We also love that this style has pockets which makes taking the perfect photo a breeze (plus it’s so handy for your phone and lip gloss).


Dare to standout? Then the Rebecca Vallance Lamour Jumpsuit is the one for you. A form fitting jumpsuit in bold hot orange, we love the simple fitted top against the bell bottom legs. This striking colour is perfectly paired with gold accessories and a nude shoe. 



Two final words of wisdom from the stylists at Your Closet. Firstly, you have now found the perfect dress but make sure you take a moment to consider what is underneath. You don’t want your perfect gown ruined with a visible bra strap or a line from your comfortable underwear. Fashion Solutions such as Nudi Boobies (aka the stick-on boobs) for example are the perfect solution to a low back dress or strapless dress Not only is the adhesive style easy to use but it can even help if you need a little extra to fill out the front of a dress. 


Last but not least, make sure you pick a dress that you feel comfortable in, makes you stand out and shine because that will help make sure it is the best night of the year! Whether you are in Sydney where our store is or further afield, we have so many amazing dresses to chose from that you can hire for every occasion and we can’t wait to see how you rock them.


If you have any questions about how to find the perfect formal dress or just need some advice on formal dresses in general please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our friendly stylists via email, phone or Live Chat. We are here to help!

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