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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. 

Style Tip:

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. 

Style Tip:

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.

Style Tip:

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!

Style Tip:

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.

Style Tip:

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. 

Style Tip:

The only real rule at a wedding: Avoid all-white dresses, since matching the bride is considered a no-no.