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We Tried Finding Formal Wear On Asos And This Is What Happened

Is it actually possible to find the fancy af look of your dreams online?

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All prices in this post are listed in Australian dollars.

Asos is a bloody great website. For the shopper who hates change rooms and loves ~affordable~ clothing, it's a literal godsend.

However, as great as it is for wardrobe staples, are there certain clothing items that you just shouldn't ever buy online? Would it, for example, be safe to rely on the site when shopping for a formal occasion? We decided to see.

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- Everything we bought from the site would be Asos brand, including Asos Curve, Asos Petite, and Asos Tall.

- We would try our very best to buy the right size for our bodies. This meant comparing our measurements to the individual size guides on each garment.

- Each of us could only buy one outfit, which we would wear in the post, even if it wasn't what we were expecting, to see whether you could trust Asos in a last-minute formal emergency.

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Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed

The dress: Asos Salon Metallic Jacquard Midi Prom Dress, $206. (Size 10.)

It was surprisingly hard to find something on Asos that I could really picture myself wearing, i.e., navy, floor-length dresses aren't really my vibe. After measuring myself and comparing it to the online size guide, I realised that I was between sizes 10 and 12, which is just the most frustrating thing.

When I tried it on, the was definitely tight around my ribs, but it was a bit loose around my boobs, which is probably because I'm an A-cup. The dress looked VERY different IRL compared to how it looked on the site. The tulle layer in the dress made me feel like a cupcake with an antique armchair pattern. Also, the price of the dress honestly just didn't feel worth it. If I'd ordered this for an event, I'd return it and find something else to wear, even if it meant doing a last-minute dash to Myer.

Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed

The dress: Asos Curve Kate Lace Maxi Dress, $148. (Size 24.)

It wasn't easy finding a dress, despite the site having a really great plus-size range. A lot of the formal dresses were sold out in sizes 22-24. I ended up settling on this dress because it was the best I could find, not because I really loved it. Honestly, I wasn't all that hopeful when I saw the dress on the hanger, but when I put it on, boy-oh-boy was I converted.

I don't really like seeing myself in full-length photos, and long dresses tend to accentuate the things I wish I could hide. But genuinely, I loved this dress. I loved how I looked in it, and I loved how it made me feel. The way it sat and fell was literally perfect. It hugged in all the right places, and cut off at a perfect length. It was also great to twirl in.

Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed

The suit:

Asos Scallop Collar White Shirt, $55. (Size 10.)

Asos Slim Tailored Jacket In Crepe, $91. (Size 10.)

Asos Tailored High Waisted Pants with Turn Up Detail, $48. (Size 10L.)

At first, I found the whole Asos shopping experience a little frustrating. There were no suits or shirts available under the "formal" tab, and as a woman who doesn't wear dresses, it was actually really insulting. I honestly don't understand how global brands can be so behind the times.

That said, I felt really comfortable in this shirt, blazer, and pants. All the materials felt good and none of the items were too costly. When it comes to shopping for formal events online, I feel like there's some potential but there is still a long way to go to make it more inclusive and accessible for people of all identities.

Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed

The dress: Asos Cold Shoulder Plisse Pleated Midi Dress, $76. (Size 10.)

I'm part of the very rare breed of people that low-key hate shopping online. I have F-cup boobs, which rarely squeeze into clothes that fit the rest of my body, and an undefined sense of style that constantly leaves me loving something one second and hating it the next. To be able to commit to a piece of clothing, I need to try it on.

However, this dress surprised me. The material and fit both matched the picture that was shown on the site, which is kind of the most important thing when it comes to shopping from your computer screen. My only issue with the dress was that you could see my bra at the front, though this was nothing a little double-sided tape couldn't fix.

Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed
Anna Mendoza / BuzzFeed

The dress: Asos Scuba Strappy Mini Skater Dress, $55. (Size 6.)

For me, finding a dress on the site was quite tricky. The petite section didn't offer me much that I loved, and the designs I did like were all pastel colours, which is not a ~look~ for my skin tone. The dress I ended up picking was more of a rushed choice rather than something I actually loved. That said, I ended up liking it a lot more than I thought I would.

The fit was great, though the straps were a little long, which is a classic short girl problem. It was probably a little too casual for a school formal dress, but it’d be really easy to dress up with some nice shoes and accessories. It’d also be super easy to dance in, and because the material is a little stretchy, it gives you room to indulge in all the food and drinks, which is goals tbh. For a lazy girl like me who haaaates shopping with a passion, if all my online purchases were this good, I would honestly never set foot in a store again.

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- It actually is possible to find good, afforable formal wear on Asos, if you take the time to measure yourself properly and check the sizing guide.

- That said, there will always be times the photo on the site just doesn't match the item IRL, so expect that and maybe, don't leave your shopping for ~special events~ to the last minute.

- Almost everyone loves the shit out of navy, apparently.

Happy formal shopping!

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