With formal season approaching, I’ve rounded up my favorite places to shop for formal dresses to help eliminate some stress and anxiety and help you prepare to make the most of your special night. I’ve even narrowed it down to a few of my faves from each store, but definitely shop around so you know you’ve picked the perfect one for you!

 Thirty one boutique

This is one of my newest favorite online boutiques. They have the TRENDIEST stuff for everyday wear and have an amazing selection of dresses at affordable prices!


This is one of the best brands for clubby/ going out clothes! Their selection is amazing and they just launched a collection with Kourtney Kardashian so you know its fierce.

Necessary Clothing

I’ve personally never bought anything from here before as I just recently heard about them! Pretty much an upgrade from Forever 21, Necessary Clothing is the perfect place to find a hot dress for under $50.  They have trendy styles, dress shapes, and open backs in almost every color! I can’t really vouch for the quality or ship time (since I haven’t purchased from them before) but I googled reviews for them and they weren’t to bad! If you’re looking for a trendy dress that and don’t want to spend a whole lot, I suggest this store as a starting point!


Although Revolve is more on the expensive side, the dresses are super cute and you can usually find coupons online. They’ve got everything from a long formal dress to shorter cocktail style dresses. These are definitely investment pieces, but they’re sure to last you for years to come!

 windsor store.com

I found out about this store through a couple friends but their dresses are amazing and perfect for any formal occasion. They also offer free shipping for orders over 75$!


I recommend starting your search at a department store like Nordstrom or Macy’s. They don’t always have the biggest selection, but its worth a shot! You never know what you might find, and they normally have some pretty awesome deals.


Tobi has been my go-to place for formal and party dresses for as long as I can remember. Not only do they have super cute clothes, but they have a TON of trendy formal dresses to choose from. Another good thing about Tobi is the variety of styles and sizes they offer which works for almost every shape and size. You can definitely score a deal on this website with sale dresses going as low as $15, but the dresses are definitely not of cheap quality! I have worn and re-worn mine multiple times and they still look new! They have everything from classic shift dresses to bodycon mini’s. Don’t forget to sign up to their newsletter, you’ll get 50% off just for signing up and shipping is FREE over 50$ (which is like one item lol)! Newsletters can be annoying i know, but its totally worth the random special offers of 40-50% off and your closet with be thanking you. Tobi is also super quick and reliable when it comes to shipping and customer service, which is helpful when online shopping.


Lulu’s is another great site to find formal dresses. They have over 15 different categories for dresses, meaning they probably have one of the largest selections you could find online. Their website is really organized, making shopping by color, or style, or size a breeze! Even if you are unsure exactly what you’re looking for, with so many styles to choose from, you can’t go wrong! They also have awesome matching accessories for easy, one-stop shopping.

LuLu’s is definitely more for the preppier, girly girl, so if you have more of an edgier taste this probably isn’t the site for you. Offering bright colors as well as elegant shapes and trendy cutout’s LuLu’s is definitely worth checking out. Don’t forget, if you sign up to receive emails you get an automatic 10% off and shipping is also free on all orders over $50 and they offer FREE returns in case you weren’t completely satisfied.











No matter where you get your formal dress, you are bound to find a dress that will make you feel like a rockstar without having to take out a student loan just to finance formal. Try not to stress out over a dress, you will have plenty of formals and chances are people won’t even remember what you wore to formal, just how much fun you were! 😀