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We Tried Fashion Nova's Formal Wear And This What Happened

The trendy fast fashion online retailer is loved by celebs and influencers and we wanted to find out if it lived up to the hype.

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Unless you've been on a social media detox, you've probably heard about Fashion Nova. The brand seems to be all over our Instagram feeds. From celebs to influencers, everyone seems to truly be obsessed.

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If you were on an Instagram cleanse and have no idea what I'm talking about, here are a few things you should know about Fashion Nova:

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The online retailer has been has been around for over a decade, but it has become increasingly popular in the past couple of years thanks to the rise of the social influencer. They have a team of 3,000 influencers known as the #NovaBabes. Celebrities like the Kardashian-Jenners and Cardi B have also been very vocal about their love for the fast fashion brand. In fact, Cardi B is designing a collection with them which will drop this month.

Fashion Nova sells a little bit of everything: Their jeans have a great reputation for curvy ladies, and they recently launched a men's line. However, we were intrigued by their formalwear collection. Would it live up to the Instagram hype? With holidays around the corner, we decided this would be the perfect time.

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This is Caelan. She describes her style as '70s Strawberry Shortcake meets Stevie Knicks. She has never shopped at Fashion Nova before, but she is familiar with it from seeing the Kardashians and some influencers wear it on Instagram.
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This is Caelan. She describes her style as '70s Strawberry Shortcake meets Stevie Knicks. She has never shopped at Fashion Nova before, but she is familiar with it from seeing the Kardashians and some influencers wear it on Instagram.

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First up, she tried this rainbow jumpsuit which retails for $29.99.

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Available in sizes XS-3X.

Caelan's verdict: "IT WAS AMAZING. Great quality, great price, would purchase again. I wore it to the Bruno Mars concert and got an INSANE amount of compliments on it! Not the most comfortable (a little itchy) but worth it for the overall look."

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Next up, she got a little fancier with this ballroom tulle dress which retails for $69.99.

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Available in sizes S-3X.

Caelan's verdict: "Great fit! Photographed AMAZING. However, it was not comfortable — at all — and I wouldn't be able to get multiple uses out of it, so it would be a 'no' from me."

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Next, we have Ignacia, who says her style is edgier, but also as simplistic as possible. She's all about things that look good with the least amount of effort. She was somewhat familiar with Fashion Nova before this — she bought a Fashion Nova shorts set with a cute crop top hoodie, but because she wasn't familiar with the sizing AT ALL, it didn't fit (it was way too small).
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Next, we have Ignacia, who says her style is edgier, but also as simplistic as possible. She's all about things that look good with the least amount of effort. She was somewhat familiar with Fashion Nova before this — she bought a Fashion Nova shorts set with a cute crop top hoodie, but because she wasn't familiar with the sizing AT ALL, it didn't fit (it was way too small).

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She tried the Sugar Free Dress (which happens to be Kylie Jenner-approved) which retails for $32.99.

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It's available in sizes XS-3X.

Ignacia's verdict: "The green silky dress is absolutely my style. It showed just the right amount of cleavage and didn't catch or anything, which was dope. It felt so freaking soft on my body, which is all I strive for in a dress! For $32 I'd absolutely buy it and wear it on a date night with some cute, strappy heels!"

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Later, she tried the Full Grown Knot Dress, which retails for $24.99.

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It's available in sizes XS-3X.

Ignacia's thoughts: "The red dress fit really tight but in a good way! It accentuated my curves and was super easy to work in. I didn't think that it would rip or anything over time, which is a good thing. Because it was a play on velvet, it would be PERFECT for any holiday parties coming up, so I think if I saw it on the internet, I'd definitely buy it and pay the $25. That's a steal."

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Morgan's next. She describes her style as fun and flirty. She's never been afraid of a little ruffle or a little cleavage. She knows the brand well and owns jeans and tops from them, but she's never gotten a Fashion Nova dress before.
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Morgan's next. She describes her style as fun and flirty. She's never been afraid of a little ruffle or a little cleavage. She knows the brand well and owns jeans and tops from them, but she's never gotten a Fashion Nova dress before.

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First up, Morgan tried the Silver Soul Sequin Jumpsuit which retails for $49.99.

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It's available in sizes XS-3X.

Morgan's verdict: "The overall fit was great, I just wish the pant legs were a little longer. Depending on your height and the types of shoes you wear, the pant legs might look like highwaters. Other than that, the material and fit was very flattering. It's definitely worth the price and I'd love to wear it on a girls' night out."

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Next, she tried the Chasin' Love Ruffle Dress which retails for $39.99.

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It's available in sizes XS-3X.

Morgan's verdict: "The emoji dress hugged my curves in all the right places. The fit was great, which means it was extremely comfortable to move around in. It passed the twerk test (why buy a dress if you can't twerk in it, am I right?). I always feel a little spicy when I wear red, so this dress is definitely a winner. The price works for my budget and I'd love to wear it for date night."

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Our next guinea pig was Elena, whose style is basically a mix of Sporty and Scary Spice, but she really just wants to be Posh Spice. She knew about Fashion Nova but only because of Cardi B. She had never shopped there or even looked at the site.
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Our next guinea pig was Elena, whose style is basically a mix of Sporty and Scary Spice, but she really just wants to be Posh Spice. She knew about Fashion Nova but only because of Cardi B. She had never shopped there or even looked at the site.

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Just like Ignacia, she tried the green satin mini ($32.99) and the Chasin' Love Ruffle Dress, the "emoji" dress Morgan loved ($39.99).

Elena's verdict on the first dress: "My hoonany was OUT! But it was kinda flattering. The hoonany thing made it tough to really feel comfy, but for a party dress I think it leaned on the comfy side. The quality is surprisingly not bad and the price is great."

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Elena's verdict on the emoji dress: "The red dress is a little too body-con for my taste and I think it was too tight on my belly area. I didn't think the quality was great, you could feel how cheap the material was BUT if it's a one-time-wear kinda dress, you'd easily survive a night in it. I think it's worth it for the price though."

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Now it's Stevie's turn. Her style is casual-cute with a touch of glam. She knew about Fashion Nova because of all the celebs and influencers she follows on IG and YouTube.
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Now it's Stevie's turn. Her style is casual-cute with a touch of glam. She knew about Fashion Nova because of all the celebs and influencers she follows on IG and YouTube.

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She tried the Penthouse Floor Dress, which retails for $39.99, as well as the Full Grown Knot Dress that Ignacia tried on too ($24.99).

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The Penthouse Floor Dress is available in sizes S-3X, and the Full Grown Knot Dress is available in sizes XS-3X.

Stevie's verdict: "This dress isn't something I would typically pick because it's off the shoulder and has a ruffle down the back. Once I put it on, both the color and cut were really flattering! It's a steal for the price, I might get it for a formal holiday party."

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Stevie's second verdict: "I would definitely pick this for myself. I love anything that cinches at the waist and is similar to a wrap dress. Surprisingly, I didn't really like it once I put it on. I don't think the front split is becoming on me and the dress doesn't enhance my shape like I thought it would."

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And last but not least, we have Charlyn, who says her style is bold, simple and comfy. When it comes to accessories, she likes pieces that are easy to wear while keeping up with a toddler. Before this shoot, Charlyn had seen cute Fashion Nova outfits on her feed but kept scrolling because she thought she could never wear them like their models did.
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And last but not least, we have Charlyn, who says her style is bold, simple and comfy. When it comes to accessories, she likes pieces that are easy to wear while keeping up with a toddler. Before this shoot, Charlyn had seen cute Fashion Nova outfits on her feed but kept scrolling because she thought she could never wear them like their models did.

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She first tried the Love Struck dress which retails for $34.99.

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The dress, which is available in sizes XS-3X, is currently sold out, but you can sign up to be notified when it's back in stock.

Charlyn's verdict: "The overall fit was great! It hugged where it should. The piece felt sturdy, but flexible and the quality was great. Definitely worth the price."

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Next up, she tried the Cardi Party dress which retails for $49.99, and might look familiar to a lot of her fans.

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The dress is available in sizes XS-3X.

Charlyn's verdict: "The overall fit is good; snug all over. It was also flattering, but I do wish the skirt part was a little more tapered, and perhaps more support in the midsection. The quality was ok; it felt a little fragile. I had to be very careful with it, but I think it's still reasonably priced."

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Caelan: "I would definitely consider buying a Fashion Nova dress for a special occasion." Ignacia: "After trying on all of these pieces, I'd consider buying the two dresses I tried out for a date night or even a semi-formal event where I'd need to dress up! They look fancy enough to where I'd take a chance on it for the 'gram!"Morgan: "Fashion Nova has proven they have products for every occasion. Whether it's a blouse for work or a cocktail dress to wear to a birthday party, they have something for everyone."Elena: "I tend to buy pieces that I wear once and then NEVER EVER look at again. I don't think I'd feel the same guilt about doing that with a Fashion Nova piece. Especially if it's something trendy!"Stevie: "Yes! I would buy an outfit for a special occasion from Fashion Nova. The key is ordering a few options in advance to decide what looks most flattering."Charlyn: "The inventory seems endless, so I think with enough patience, I'd be able to find something just right."
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Caelan: "I would definitely consider buying a Fashion Nova dress for a special occasion."

Ignacia: "After trying on all of these pieces, I'd consider buying the two dresses I tried out for a date night or even a semi-formal event where I'd need to dress up! They look fancy enough to where I'd take a chance on it for the 'gram!"

Morgan: "Fashion Nova has proven they have products for every occasion. Whether it's a blouse for work or a cocktail dress to wear to a birthday party, they have something for everyone."

Elena: "I tend to buy pieces that I wear once and then NEVER EVER look at again. I don't think I'd feel the same guilt about doing that with a Fashion Nova piece. Especially if it's something trendy!"

Stevie: "Yes! I would buy an outfit for a special occasion from Fashion Nova. The key is ordering a few options in advance to decide what looks most flattering."

Charlyn: "The inventory seems endless, so I think with enough patience, I'd be able to find something just right."

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