What to Wear:
High School Dances, Parties & More
So many chances to dress up! Here’s your guide to formal dresses for teens, designed for every special occasion.
What to Wear to Sweet Sixteens
Our favorite sweet 16 dresses bring the sparkle. Picture something that’ll fit in with the candles and confetti.
Highlight the metallics in your dress with gold or silver heels and a matching bag.
What to Wear to Bar or Bat Mizvahs
For a bar or bat mitzvah guest, we love a sophisticated color with modern details.
If you’re going to the ceremony (the party is usually later in the day), you’ll want to bring a coordinating cardigan or shawl to wear in the synagogue.
What to Wear to Cotillion
Debutante dresses are usually long and often white. Look for fabrics that feel good—you’ll have to sit, stand, and dance in it—and pretty touches like lace or sequins.
Some cotillions have special dress-code requirements, like white gloves or certain types of jewelry, so find out the fine print ahead of time.
What to Wear to School Semiformals
For semiformal dresses, think one step less fancy than a prom dress. (At most schools, homecoming is a semiformal dance.) Your look can be short or long, whichever you like!
Silver accessories match everything—invest in a few, and you’ll wear them all the time, even with everyday outfits.
What to Wear to Graduation
A little white dress is so stylish for spring or summer graduations. Choose a look that’s light and breezy so you don’t get too warm under your cap and gown.
Pick comfortable shoes that are easy to walk across the stage in, like block heels, wedges, or flats.
What to Wear to Weddings
What to wear to a wedding depends on the wedding’s dress code. If it’s black tie or black tie optional, a floor-length dress is smart. If not, go with a dazzling party dress.
The only real rule at a wedding: Avoid all-white dresses, since matching the bride is considered a no-no.