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What to Wear:
College Dances, Parties & More

Go ahead and wear sweatpants to class. But you’ll need fabulous formal dance dresses for spring fling, sorority parties, and all kinds of social events.

School Formals

Dresses for school formals don’t have to be ball gowns. An on-trend party dress is a great choice—you can add personality with fun jewelry and shoes.

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In spring, think pastels and bright florals. In fall or winter, we love rich reds and purples. See our guide to colors by season for more ideas.

Sorority Events

Sorority initiations sometimes call for white—our favorite! Wear a little white dress with beautiful details, like a unique neckline or fabric.

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Add a hint of soft color, like blush or rose gold, with your accessories.

Weddings

What to wear to a wedding can be as simple as your favorite cocktail or maxi dress. If the invite says black tie or black tie optional, we’d suggest upgrading to something elegant and floor-length.

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You may have heard not to wear white. That’s true—sort of. Skip head-to-toe white, but don’t worry if it’s part of a print or appears on a small part of your dress.

Military Balls

Service members wear their dressiest uniforms to military balls, so you can follow suit! That means a long and sophisticated look, in a color that complements your date’s uniform.

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Military ball attire tends to be on the conservative side, so bring along a shawl or jacket to wear during dinner then take off when you’re ready to dance.

Graduation

Yet another ideal event for the little white dress! Celebrate your achievement in something lovely and ladylike.

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You’ll be under your cap and gown at least part of the day, so pick a fabric that’s cool and lightweight.