Formal dresses are the perfect outfit: they make you feel special and, at the same time, help you look completely sexy and desirable, while still classy. But formal dresses also have a downside, which is that many women find all too few occasions where they get to wear them. That’s a shame, because a formal dress is an investment and a good dress is likely to stay in your closet for years to come: you should get a chance to show it off!
The main place that most women wear formal dresses is to weddings. But unfortunately (or maybe fortunately), you can’t control when your girlfriends are getting married and there’s not always a wedding to go to. So where else can you wear formal dresses? Here are a few places you might not have thought of:
- Art events – Just strolling through the local museum on a Sunday is not the right time to break out your best formal dress, but any kind of art-related event is. Check with your local museum to see if they have any evening events coming up, such as an opening of an exhibit or a special gala. Sometimes, there will be a charge to get into these events, but museum members often get a discounted or free admission. Galleries also regularly hold openings for new artists. Not everyone at an art event will be dressed in formal wear, but you won’t be the only one and you’ll find that you fit in perfectly.
- Dances – How often do you get to go dancing? Not clubbing, but actual dancing. Take a dance class at a local studio and you’ll not only add some great new steps to your repertoire, you’ll also get invites to formal dances happening near you. Take your beau (or a couple girlfriends!) and show off your new moves… as well as your favorite formal dress!
- Women’s clubs – Does that sound old-fashioned? Joining a women’s association like the Junior League isn’t just about knitting and growing roses. These associations bring together professional women to raise funds for good causes and perform service work. Often, the way funds are raised is through events like balls and galas… which is the perfect time to show off your formal dresses! You’ll be at home with other civic-minded women who also have great fashion sense.
These are just a few places where formal dresses can make an appearance. Costume parties, dance nights on cruise ships, and concerts and plays are other great chances to debut your formal wear. Where did you last wear a formal dress?