Semi Formal Dresses for Women

In the world of fashion, semi formals, as the name suggests, is something that comes between formal and informal. While semi formal clothes are not as traditional or rigid as the formal ones, they are not as casual as the informal ones too.  Semi formal clothes should be dressier and, in many cases, more conservative than cocktail attire, which tends to imply nighttime wear with some sex appeal. Semi formal dresses for women is usually black cocktail dress serve as the standard. But women can also choose “dressy separates,” such as a satin shirt and wool pants.

There are several times when a woman may be expected to wear a semi formal, or cocktail, dress. Even some high school girls will invest in semi formal dresses to wear to prom or homecoming, depending on the school and the atmosphere of the events. Some homecoming dance dresses are much less fancy and could be a simple little black dress, but at other schools, a semi formal style with a swingy skirt, beads, and other details may be just the ticket. Some proms are more elaborate and call for more formal dresses with long skirts, beading, and more, but the easygoing girl might feel more at home in a shorter dress. Semi formal dresses for women are actually have many options. Choices range from a cocktail dress to a tailored dressy suit. A classic semi-formal favorite is the little black dress. If you choose to wear a pantsuit, be sure it is well tailored so you don’t look sloppy. For dresses it is of the utmost importance to know that semi-formal skirt lengths fall between the knee and ankle. Be sure not to wear a dress that is floor length or above the knee, as this alone will push you into a formal or casual category of dress.

Another rule that must be obeyed is to look crisp and clean. Take the time to have your garments dry cleaned or ironed to ensure you look your best. For women, avoid  dresses made of cotton, rayon or denim, as well as garments that are completely covered in sequins, rhinestones or other appliques. A dress or pant suit made of wool, other than cashmere, is also not dressy enough for a semi-formal event. For the accessories that appropriate for semi formal event, women should always wear heels, or at least a dressy sandal. Heels should range anywhere from two to five inches. Bring an evening bag or clutch to the event. Hats are appropriate for daytime occasions, especially those that take place in a religious center. You may choose to wear a corsage on your shoulder or wrist. Jewelry should be worn tastefully and this is the time to bring out your best. Evening gloves are generally too formal but may be worn for some events, like a semi formal school dance.

Semi Formal Dresses for Women

Thistlepearl Tulle Dress

(Urbanoutfitters)

 

Calvin Klein Gradient Print Belted Chiffon Dress

(Nordstrom)

 

Max & Cleo ‘Rebecca’ Strapless Satin & Lace Dress

(Nordstrom)

 

ASOS Swing Dress with Embellished Neck

(ASOS)

 

French Connection Embellished Shift Dress

(ASOS)