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Formal Dresses For Every Budget

Formal dresses for prom, weddings, dinners, galas, or any kind of event at every price point!

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1. A metallic plunging mini sure to bring the heat every minute, every song, and every impulse dance battle.

Get it from Forever 21 for $28 (available in sizes S-L).
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Get it from Forever 21 for $28 (available in sizes S-L).

2. A strapless sweetheart dress decorated all over with rose petals and removable ruffled sleeves — if you wear this dress, ~romance~ is definitely in your future.

Get it from Tobi for $22 (available in sizes S-L).
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Get it from Tobi for $22 (available in sizes S-L).

3. A floaty white maxi that's basically a canvas begging to be accessorized and jazzed up — or just left on its own for ~summertime breezin'~ vibes.

Get it from TJ Maxx for $19.99 (available in sizes S-XL).
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Get it from TJ Maxx for $19.99 (available in sizes S-XL).

4. A bejeweled black mini to amp up the class in whatever establishment you find yourself in — "Oh no, my pleasure," you say as you grace your subjects with your presence, which is in very high demand.

Get it from Tobi for $17 (available in sizes S-L).
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Get it from Tobi for $17 (available in sizes S-L).

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5. A darling satin maxi with a high slit perfect for mastering Angelina Jolie's signature pose.

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Promising review: "The material is super amazing — I loved it, comfy and classy. I really liked the color too and it ran true to size." —pyrrhich

Get it from Express for $47.94 (available in sizes XS-XL).

6. Dancey one-shoulder ruffled minis destined to be the center of attention — hello, shimmer!

Get them from Nordstrom for $49.99 each (available in sizes 2-14 and two colors).
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Get them from Nordstrom for $49.99 each (available in sizes 2-14 and two colors).

7. An elegant navy mini with a full skirt that screams elegance and "yes, you swing me, girl!"

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Get it from ModCloth for $39.97 (available in sizes 2-22).

8. A deep v-neck mini that really takes the gold in the "has it all" category: sequins, sheer mesh overlay, and tassles all come together to make a stunning statement.

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Get it from Nasty Gal for $40 (available in sizes 2-6).

9. A silky striped twirler battling it out with the sun to be the best and the brightest.

Maybe when you spin in the dress, it'll shoot rays of sunshine just like Katniss's shot flames in Hunger Games.Get it from Forever 21 for $45 (available in sizes S-L).
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Maybe when you spin in the dress, it'll shoot rays of sunshine just like Katniss's shot flames in Hunger Games.

Get it from Forever 21 for $45 (available in sizes S-L).

10. A sweet lace number that loves giving hugs...to your body, because it deserves all the love!

Get it from H&M for $49.99 (available in sizes 0-14 and two colors).
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Get it from H&M for $49.99 (available in sizes 0-14 and two colors).

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11. A pocketed (!!) halter mini you'll never find ~sat in~ any corner, but at the center of the dance floor twirling and sashaying like there's no tomorrow.

Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in sizes 2-16 and 18 Plus-24 Plus and 23 colors).
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Get it from Amazon for $59.99+ (available in sizes 2-16 and 18 Plus-24 Plus and 23 colors).

12. A sexy high-slit wrap dress that admits its wearer one pass for ~standing out from the crowd.~

Get it from Missguided for $68.
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Get it from Missguided for $68.

13. A pleated lavender maxi for maximum ~goddess of romance~ effect.

Get it from Tobi for $54 (available in sizes XS-XL and three colors).
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Get it from Tobi for $54 (available in sizes XS-XL and three colors).

14. A sequined lace shift dress designed especially for shimmying all night long — it's written on the tags, I swear.

Get it from Express for $70.80 (available in sizes XXS-XL).
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Get it from Express for $70.80 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

15. A rhinestone-embedded chiffon gown perfect for serving lewks, but be warned, some onlookers might ~blush~ at the sight of your beauty.

Get it from Forever 21 for $65 (available in sizes S-L).
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Get it from Forever 21 for $65 (available in sizes S-L).

16. A lace-inset LBD that's certainly not afraid to ~ruffle~ a few feathers or slay the dance floor — actually, definitely both.

Get it from Express for $69.90 (available in sizes XXS-XL and two colors).
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Get it from Express for $69.90 (available in sizes XXS-XL and two colors).

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17. A strapless floral stunner that basically transforms you into a garden at the first sign of spring — bloom, bloom, and bloom some more!

Get it from Charlotte Russe for $89.99 (available in sizes S-L).
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Get it from Charlotte Russe for $89.99 (available in sizes S-L).

18. A classy one-shoulder swinger very familiar with the "wine and dine and dance all night" philosophy — the only question is: are you in, or ARE YOU IN?

Get it from Torrid for $88.90 (available in sizes 10-30).
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Get it from Torrid for $88.90 (available in sizes 10-30).

19. A cap-sleeved polka dot midi that translates bright party lights and champagne popping into red-carpet-ready fashion.

Promising review: "This is a gorgeous dress, and it's EXTREMELY flattering. The fabric is soft and light and the lining makes it feel super high quality. The gold polka dots add a dressiness that takes it up a notch for evening wear." —Allie K.Get it from ModCloth for $89 (available in sizes XXS-L).
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Promising review: "This is a gorgeous dress, and it's EXTREMELY flattering. The fabric is soft and light and the lining makes it feel super high quality. The gold polka dots add a dressiness that takes it up a notch for evening wear." —Allie K.

Get it from ModCloth for $89 (available in sizes XXS-L).

20. A beaded floor sweeper to make you feel like you're about to make your Met Gala debut.

Get it from Amazon for $109 (available in sizes 2-16 and 18 Plus-26 Plus and 13 colors).
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Get it from Amazon for $109 (available in sizes 2-16 and 18 Plus-26 Plus and 13 colors).

21. An ombre sequined dress that basically begs onlookers to ask, "Are you a mermaid?" To which you'll respond, "Maybe. But I don't reveal my secrets."

Get it from TJ Maxx for $79.99 (available in sizes 14W-22W).
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Get it from TJ Maxx for $79.99 (available in sizes 14W-22W).

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22. A darling tulle midi that'll go the distance (aka from the clothing rack to the checkout) to prove you and it are ~mint~ to be.

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Get it from ModCloth for $125 (available in sizes XXS-4X).

23. A draped peplum dress tied together with grace and poise...and the black velvet bow probably helps too.

Get it from Eloquii for $109.90 (available in sizes 14-28).
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Get it from Eloquii for $109.90 (available in sizes 14-28).

24. A navy lace dreamboat that puts on a show every time you twirl — just be prepared for lots of standing ovations.

Get it from Asos for $114 (available in sizes 14-24).
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Get it from Asos for $114 (available in sizes 14-24).

25. An iridescent ruffled dream for when you want to look like a low-key disco ball.

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Get it from & Other Stories for $125 (available in sizes 2-10).

26. A jazzy haltered mini that lives by the motto, "In this short life, one can never have too many sequins."

Get it from Express for $108 (available in sizes XXS-XL).
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Get it from Express for $108 (available in sizes XXS-XL).

27. A fringed floral frock that gently kisses your legs every time you strut down the runway (or school hallway) — how romantic!

Get it from Asos for $119 (available in sizes 12-24).
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Get it from Asos for $119 (available in sizes 12-24).

28. An all-over lace mermaid-esque gown with cold shoulders that will instantly shoo all negativity — buh-bye!

Get it from Asos for $135 (available in sizes 2-12).
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Get it from Asos for $135 (available in sizes 2-12).

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29. An absolutely lovely floor-length gown with a floral bodice and a gorgeous tulle skirt that will float down the stairs with you as you make your grand entrance, à la A Cinderella Story.

Get it from Nordstrom for $155 (available in sizes XS-L).
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Get it from Nordstrom for $155 (available in sizes XS-L).

30. A chic AF dress that's actually a ~jumpsuit~ outfitted with a skirt, because sometimes you just want a little bit of everything — fabulous, comfortable, unexpected, etc.

Get it from Eloquii for $189.90 (available in sizes 14-22).
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Get it from Eloquii for $189.90 (available in sizes 14-22).

31. A gorgeous floral organza gown to keep things black tie but also 1000% fashionable.

Get it from Nordstrom for $188 (available in regular sizes 2-14 and petite sizes 8P-12P).
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Get it from Nordstrom for $188 (available in regular sizes 2-14 and petite sizes 8P-12P).

32. A dainty garden-esque dress with embroidery for days — who needs a corsage or bouquet when you're literally wearing them?

Get it from Asos for $151 (available in sizes 2-12).
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Get it from Asos for $151 (available in sizes 2-12).

33. A dreamy rose gold gown whose sole mission is to make you best dressed — and spoiler alert: it always aces the job.

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Get it from Nordstrom for $179 (available in sizes 14W-22W).

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