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9 Spring Formal Dresses That’ll Land You Best Dressed

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The time for shopping for spring formal dresses is upon us and there are so many trends to play with this season, you might need a first and second look. Since it’s spring, formal dress shopping is somewhat easier than say, shopping for a homecoming dance dress in the Midwest, where you might be better off with a sweater and jeans given the weather. No, spring is warm and fun, and that means you can play with sleeve length, color, and even dainty fabrics for the biggest event of the semester.

While a long gown just screams formal, don’t be afraid to dress up a mini dress, especially given how popular they are right now. And if you’re on a budget, don’t feel guilty throwing down for a three-figure dress for the spring formal, especially if it’s the sort of thing you can recycle for say, your cousin’s wedding this summer or a dressier date night with your crush down the line. Basically, don’t feel stuck in the spring formal dress genre if you don’t want to. Then again, if you wanna go full-on princess, now is the time. Here’s some inspiration for your spring formal dress look this year.

Strapless tulle gown

This dreamy tulle gown will have heads turning towards you and your date all night.

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revolve maxi dress

Sometimes, the simpler the better. In bright green (though it’s available in other colors), you can accessorize this dress all sorts of ways for a classic, never-go-out-style formal look

Tiered maxi dress

This ruffly dress from Anthropologie comes in varying colors and plus sizes. Give it a strappy heel and have the best night ever.

maxi slit dress

This one comes in a few colors, but there’s something about this orange, ruffled slit dress that is both modern and traditionally formal all at the same time.

strapless mini dress

Most people think of a longer dress when it comes to formal attire, but this is 2024! If you want to show off your legs, what better way than this lilac mini dress?

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norma Kamali fishtail dress

Are you going to your spring formal or the Oscars? Get thee some dangly earrings or pearls to complete this super sophisticated look.

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Betsey Johnson Butterfly dress

Whether it’s in black, or the other available colors, blush pink or white, this dress will have everyone asking who you’re wearing. The corset-tied back gives it a little punk rock flair, too.

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Taffeta midi dress

This classic strappy midi dress is perfect for a spring formal…and then every other big event you have this summer. All you have to do is play with shoes and jewels to tweak the look over and over again.

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Draped metallic dress

This drapery jersey midi-dress has a little shimmer without looking like you are headed to Coachella afterward. It’s classy and cool and looks just as good with heels as it would with some flats later on in the night.

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Karen is an affiliate content writer and editor for the Her Campus community. More of her other current work can be found at High Snobiety where she covers celeb style, fashion trends, and sneakerhead life. Karen was formerly an entertainment writer and editor at Bustle, Screenrant, The Dipp, Hello Giggles, and probably any other website you can likely think of that covers entertainment, pop culture, and news. She has a B.A. in English and Journalism from Temple University in Philadelphia and an M.A. in Media Studies from The New School University. In a previous life, Karen spent almost a decade in Rome, Italy working as a student advisor for Northeastern University’s architecture study abroad program (and eating all of the pasta and pizza she could afford). She currently resides in Brooklyn, New York. When she's not glued to her laptop writing and adding things to cart, Karen's likely trying to learn how to do her own gel manicures while watching Bravo. If you want to talk about TV, the best sneakers and nail colors right this very minute, or where to go on a European spring break, don't be a stranger.