8 Inexpensive Formal Dresses to Add to Your Collection in 2019

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Everyone gets invited to formal events or parties where all they can think about is how they could go dress hunting for the budget they have in mind. Surely finding a quality piece with a specific price point takes some searching and of course, knowing the right places to look. Before you go shopping for formal dresses at the first store near you, check out these fabulous dresses from places that won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

1. Formal Collection from Forever 21


Behind the range of sundresses and graphic tees, there are some great formal dresses that are meant for formal parties and prom. You can see it for yourself on their website, where elegant gowns that run down the length of your body are priced for around $25. The best part is that this clothing line by the brand is one that doesn’t look like your typical Forever 21 apparel. So, no one will even be able to guess where you bought your snazzy outfit. 

However, these are not the sort of pieces that last or worn for multiple occasion. But if you are looking for a formal dress for an upcoming event and are positive you will not need the dress a few years from now, then this might be the perfect choice for you. 

2. Midi Formal Attire from LastCall

LastCall stocks a variety of silhouettes and styles for all types of occasions. But don’t let their large inventory overwhelm and keep you from finding your perfect dress choice. For example, their trendy midi dress collection has all the right cuts and is available in a wide range of fabrics that are coveted in the world of formal dresses.

3. Boohoo’s Lacy Dresses

Boohoo is a brand that keeps the edgy style at the forefront. Which is great for a young market base. You can actually find floor-length lace adorned gowns here that only cost $16. The great thing about the store is that they usually have some juicy deals and discounts going on so you can get a lot of bang for your buck.

You might want to try on a few before you pick one as these sorts of dresses tend to look different on different body types, so definitely not take the model’s picture as a guarantee. You may find that a dress that you never thought might suit you is actually very flattering on you once you try it on.

4. Nasty Gal

Nasty Gal is one brand that stocks something for everyone. However, you should be willing to dig for the dress that is for you. Not only will you find cool formal dresses you may just stumble upon innovative formal wear that suits your personal taste and will most likely help you make the style statement you are looking to achieve. 

5. Rent the Runway’s Designer Dresses

Who doesn’t want to walk into a room wearing the latest designer wear that you can only dream of adorning? If you don’t find anything to your liking at any of the other budget stores, a great idea would be to rent an exquisite gown for the night. This works if you know you won’t need a formal dress any time soon. The best part about Rent the Runway is that it only charges you a very small fraction of the cost of the gown, and you won’t have to compromise on your fashion choices. 

6. Modcloth’s Vintage Dresses

Nothing compares to the muse that gives into the designs of Modcloth. The brand’s best quality by far is that they cater to all kinds of body sizes without compromising on style. In fact, they make it a point to flaunt all curves no matter the dress size. The designs are adorable, and the fabric is something you can keep in your closet for many years. Also, the best thing about their online site is that they are super accurate to your size when you receive the dress.  

7. Macy’s Formal Wear

This is the place to be if you are looking for formal wear for a fun night out. You will easily find a dress that fits under $100 but also that is classy in material and design. 

8. Asos’s Gowns

This is one brand that stocks some of the most amazing and unique dresses. Therefore, if you want to look stunning but also want to make sure that nobody else will be wearing the same dress, then this is the place to shop. Also, on average an Asos gown will only cost you around $82. 

As you can see, many of the options listed above are quite the bargain. It just proves that formal wear doesn’t have to be as expensive as it looks. 

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