There are different kinds of formal dresses out there. For the purpose of this piece, we'll focus on this; that formal dresses are clothings that a woman can wear to formal events such as debutante balls, cotillions, and weddings, as well as higher government functions such as state dinners.


Clothes worn to corporate or official settings are also considered formal dresses; the acceptable standard of dressing at one's place of work.


What this means is that since there are appropriate outfits for different events or settings, formal dresses also have exactly where they ought to be worn to.





A ball gown is usually the standard formal dress to be worn to a royal ball or cotillion.


The rules of etiquette is usually that a ball gown should be worn when it is stated on the invitation - a ball gown and floor-length skirted dress.


Usually, this ball gown and floor-length skirt are made from the finest material, for example silk and satin, and finished in the most delicate materials such as embroidery, pearls, and sequins.


Most of the ball gowns are often off the shoulder, but as someone whose core fashion principle is modesty, you don't have to go for that. You can have your ball gown adjusted where necessary to suit your modesty needs and you'll still turn up looking fabulous!


A stole or shawl is often paired with the dress alongside a pair of elbow-length gloves.


In the event of functions that a head of state or more will be in attendance, the symbol of the nation is worn by the women - a tiara carrying the state symbol is worn which is often an indication that the woman in question is married.




This dress is one of women's major formal dresses, which is also known as a cocktail dress worn at dress-formal affairs or afternoon gatherings.


It is a gown which will always correspond to a male date's men's formal wear at white and black tie events.



Since we mentioned that formal dresses are also outfits that women wear to work or corporate spaces, it is pertinent to include work clothes as formal dresses. These are basically clothes women wear on a daily basis to their official jobs.


They could be formal gowns suitable for the workplace, female suits, jumpsuits, skirts or trousers paired with blouses, shirts, etc. Usually, a nice little colorful scarf can be added to the outfit for a more chic look.


Keep in mind that whatever your favorite workplace outfit is, you have to keep it appropriately modest!



Below are a handful of reasons formal dresses should be your thing;

Formal dresses make you bold and confident

Donning and turning up at work or an event in the formal dress stipulated by the authorities of that environment energizes you, makes you confident and bold to carry out your assigned duties or fully participate in the activities going on there.


Formal outfits are a lot easier to put together

Let's be honest, knowing exactly what you're expected to wear to work or an event can make things so much easier for you. Knowing that you just have to put together an expected set of outfits can be such a relief as you don't have to worry about what to pair with what, etc.


Leave good impression

If you successfully pull off your formal dress to an event, you'll be able to leave a good impression on the people who are there with you or your colleagues.


They'll see you as someone that knows their thing and would likely be able to handle work responsibilities, etc. As ‘too much’ as this sounds, it's true!


Show of personality

As much as formal dresses are already set and determined, you can still tweak or touch up something on your entire outfit that tells or shows others your personality, and although we're supposed to judge people based on their character, capabilities, etc, we are usually judged by our appearance, hence the need to dress appropriately for the occasion.