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You were just invited to a fancy event and have no idea how to dress? We were once at that point in our lives too!

Here are some tips and different types of fancy dresses that you may want to consider for a ball and gown event.

Different Types of Formal Dresses

#1 Lace Dresses

Lace dresses are a great option for many types of events. Zapaka offers many styles and colors to choose from.

Lace adds some texture to turn a simple dress into a fancy one in seconds.

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We tried this green lace dress and it fits true to size. We suggest consulting with their size chart to find the best fit. For example, if you’re a US size 8, we recommend going with a Medium. If you’re a US size 6, go for a Small.

#2 A-Line Dresses

Seven Prom Satin A-Line Dress
Seven Prom Satin A-Line Dress

A-Line dresses taper at the waist and expand towards the ground. The effect makes you look slimming and glamourous.

They come in many lengths and can look very casual or dressed up.

We love A-Line dresses from Seven Prom, SHEIN and 

#3 Bandage Dresses

Herve Leger Disco Knit Minimal Dress
Herve Leger – Disco Knit Minimal Dress

If you want something a little more sexy, consider bandage dresses. They’re great for cocktail parties and are often eye-catching. Some also help to boost your cleavage area.

You can also find more modest ones like the Disco Knit Minimal Dress by Herve Leger.

Brands we love are Herve Leger, Bebe and Pretty Little Thing.

#4 Midi Dresses

Carbon38 Stretch Ruffle Midi Dress
Stretch Ruffle Midi Dress by Carbon38

Midi dresses are great for those who feel like they may be clumsy in a longer dress. They’re often calf length and look great with heels.

We still encourage you to try on both to see which you prefer.

We love midi-dresses by Carbon38, SHEIN and Missguided.

#5 Maxi Dresses

La Femme Off-Shoulder Trumpet Gown
Off-Shoulder Trumpet Gown by La Femme (sold at Nordstrom)

Maxi dresses are often a little more casual, but you can definitely find some luxurious ones.

Great places to shop for maxi dresses are Nordstrom, SHEIN, Lulus and REVOLVE.

Which fancy dresses were your favorite? Let us know in the comments!


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