PARTY QUEEN / Nov 22, 2022


Is it just us, or are there more and more occasions where we need a formal dinner outfit? Date nights, engagement parties, birthdays, holidays, you name it.

Feel like you need to upgrade your wardrobe and stock up on some dresses? Well, you're in the right place. We're showing you five dresses that are versatile for any occasion!

👗 Five Formal Dinner Outfits You Need in Your Closet 💕

We won't make you wait any longer. Find our favorite formal dinner outfits below!

1. Purple Sequin Bodycon Dress

When hunting for formal dinner outfits, look for dresses that mix and match textures. It's one of the easiest ways to turn a regular dress into something unique and special.

Let's take a simple bodycon dress with spaghetti straps. This silhouette can be worn on an average evening, right? But when it's made of velvet and sequins, it immediately becomes more elegant and glamorous—the perfect cocktail attire!

Another way to make this silhouette more formal is by choosing the right color. Gemstone colors, like sapphire blue, emerald green, ruby red, and amethyst purple are perfect shades for formal dinner outfits.

When it comes to necklines, straight-across necklines are flattering on all body types and ideal for events where you'd want some coverage.

purple sequin bodycon dress

Get the look: style GS3083 | Straight Across Neckline Velvet Bodycon Short Dress w/ Leg Slit

2. Rose Gold Glitter Crepe Bodycon Dress

Metallic colors, like gold and silver, always dial up an outfit. If you like a little sparkle, you need a formal dinner outfit like this silver glitter crepe dress.

Instead of a bright gold, look for a soft hue to increase its versatility. Don't worry, you can increase its brilliance through your fabric choice. Our go-to is glitter crepe. It creates not only shine but also a unique rippling 3D texture.

Don't forget the little details, like the sleeves. In our opinion, off-the-shoulder sleeves are a fabulous choice for formal dinner outfits. It strikes the right balance between classy and stylish.

Ta-da! You have a dress that's perfect for a New Year's Eve party but also for a date night at a nice restaurant.

Silver glitter crepe bodycon dress

Get the look: style GS2856 | Cut-Away Shoulder Glitter Crepe Bodycon Dress

3. Nude Navy Mesh Bodycon Dress

Need a formal dinner outfit that can take you from dinner to a night out on the town? This bodycon dress has your back. (Literally!)

From its body-hugging silhouette to its illusion deep-v neckline, it brings all the spice you need for a fun event like a girlfriend's birthday party. Of course, some sparkle never hurt anyone. This mesh dress is covered in glitter and jewels to make sure you shine all night.

To highlight your curves, look for a dress that decorates the waistline. Here, jewels draw our eyes to the wearer's natural hourglass shape. Sexy and flattering? That's all we need for a formal dinner outfit, right?

Rose gold mesh bodycon dress

Get the look: style GS1634 | Deep Illusion V-Neck Corset-Tie Short Dress

4. Black Cut-Out Mermaid Dress

Is your formal dinner outfit go-to a little black dress? Here's one to add to your closet! It's simple yet oh-so-elegant!

First, let's talk about its length. We know that long dresses sometimes feel hard to pull off, especially for occasions that aren't black-tie affairs. But if you dial down the fabric and embellishments, you can totally wear a long dress!

Because this black dress is free of sequins and glitter, and made of a simple rome jersey fabric, it becomes much more wearable. You could wear it to date night, a holiday party, or a gala. To dress it up (or down), you just need to change your hair, makeup, and accessories. For a more casual evening, wear your hair down. For a fancy event, style your hair in an updo.

Black cut-out mermaid dress

Get the look: style GL2706 | Cut-Out Bodice Rome Jersey Mermaid Dress

5. Red Chiffon A-Line Dress

If you're looking for a dress that'll make you feel confident no matter what, add a chiffon a-line dress to your repertoire of formal dinner outfits!

An a-line dress is tight in the bodice and flares at the smallest part of your waist. No matter your body shape, you'll get an hourglass effect. And to accentuate it, just add a belt.

A-line silhouettes pair well with airy fabrics like chiffon. Whether you're seated at a dinner table or dancing the night away, the material will drape beautifully along your body. That's right, no need to continually adjust or fix your dress.

Red chiffon a-line dress

Get the look: style GS2807 | Lace Embellished Bodice Chiffon Short Dress

There are more formal dinner outfits to see

Yes, we've got more where these came from. Check out the full GLS catalog or these blogs for more inspo!

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