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Formal Dresses

Formal Dresses

Discover the best formal gowns in Australia at Model Chic today
With figure-flattering cuts in a range of neutral shades and vibrant hues, you’re bound to discover an affordable formal gown at Model Chic. Classic, sophisticated and oh so elegant, our fancy range of formal dresses in Australia will offer you a stylistic edge that’s hard to come by! 

Whether you select a statement maker with detailed beading and delicate stitching or a vivacious tulle dress with draping fabrics that offer a subtle wash of texture, you’ll find the perfect formal dress in our online store.

Hack the formal dress code

Searching for the perfect dress for your friend’s wedding, a school formal or an opening event and still unsure how to find a gown that fits like a dream? To prevent you from pushing that panic button, we’re here to help you get the basics down pat.

First things first: what is formal attire? Simply put, formal attire is a sleek dress code that calls for ensembles that offer a sophisticated aesthetic, such as a glamorous gown or a stylish jumpsuit. At the top of the list, white-tie events are considered to be the most prestigious formal events where you can slip into a gown that offers major va-va-voom. Meanwhile, formal gatherings like dinner parties, wedding receptions and event openings require dressy silhouettes but allow you to be a little more experimental when selecting a length, cut and colour. 

To make your life hassle-free leading up to your big event, Model Chic has a gorgeous range of formal dresses and gowns — so you’ll find a breathtaking silhouette that fits you perfectly. When you shop at Model Chic, it’s easy to look and feel like a million bucks!

Choosing the perfect formal dress for your figure 

Finding the right formal gown that hugs you in all the right places is the key to effortless styling and all-night-long confidence. 

At Model Chic, we believe that there is no such thing as an ideal body type — we know that every woman is beautiful and unique in her own way. 

That’s we’ve designed a collection that complements every shape and size. Here’s a definitive list of cuts and styles that may flatter your body type:

Apple-shaped frame 

Broader shoulders are a distinctive feature of this body type, along with lean legs, a relaxed waist, and subtly curvy hips. When choosing a formal gown from our range, try one of our A-line cuts, a strapless number or a flowy, full-length style with a cinched waist that adds gorgeous definition.

Athletic frame

If you have an athletic frame, look for one of our fit and flare formal gowns that gather at the waist to balance out your proportions. Alternatively, select a formal gown with a belted tie or a style with a sultry thigh-high split — both are excellent options for highlighting your soft curves.

Pear-shaped frame

Characterised by hips that are wider than the bust and shoulders, those with a pear-shaped frame might want to opt for a formal dress that gathers at the waist to create extra definition. Formal gowns with deep V-necklines, sweetheart necklines, or plunging bodices also look incredibly flattering on this gorgeous frame. 

If you love to accessorise with chunky jewellery and statement-making necklaces, you may want to try an off-the-shoulder silhouette that lets your jewels take centre stage. 

Petite frame

If you have a petite frame, the easiest way to elongate your figure is to opt for a formal dress with a thigh-high split — it draws attention upwards! Alternatively, you can never go wrong when you slip into a maxi dress; they’re the ultimate in comfort and style — so get ready to dance the night away carefree. 


With a narrow waist, full hips and a curvy bust, dressing for this body type is relatively easy — when in doubt, take some style inspo from Kim Kardashian! One of our formal bodycon dresses that highlight your waistline is the perfect option, or choose a fitted mermaid style gown to make an unmissable statement. Choose one of our formal gowns, designed to flow effortlessly down your body, or try fit and flare silhouettes that highlight your narrow waist.

Round frame

Leaning towards a fuller silhouette with soft curves and narrow shoulders, long, flowing ensembles that gently flare look beautiful on this frame. Slip into one of our sophisticated formal gowns with a plunging neckline for a refined look that radiates confidence and effortless glamour.  

Things to consider when it comes to styling your formal gowns 

If you’re attending an after-dark event in the peak of winter, layering a structured blazer or a tailored coat over your formal gown creates a polished look that will keep you warm and cosy. For a glamorous and sensual aesthetic that offers an aura of old-world Hollywood glamour, opt for a neutral-toned faux fur coat or a sumptuous shrug with textured trimmings. On warm summer evenings, slip into a pair of strappy heels to elongate your legs, or if the weather is a bit nippy, a classic pair of embellished pumps will keep your feet cosy without sacrificing style. Pop on a pair of delicate earrings or a minimalistic bracelet to keep the focus on the effortless beauty of your formal gown.

Explore Model Chic’s beautiful collection of formal gowns today!

Whether you’re looking for a stylish formal dress for your high school formal or a glamorous ensemble for a charity gala, you’re bound to find the perfect formal outfit from Model Chic’s wide range of beautiful formal dresses. From sparkly sequined prom dresses to sophisticated bridesmaid dresses and sultry cocktail dresses, our collection displays your unique beauty and makes you feel like the queen you are. Shop our formal dress range today!

Looking for more formal gowns and dresses to add to your arsenal? Explore our spectacular selection of green, black, white, red, pink and blue dresses.


How do I choose the right formal dress for me?

Let the event’s dress code guide you in the right direction, and then begin your search for a formal gown that you’ll want to wear time and time again. Accessories can make or break your outfit, so choose pieces that add to the overall aesthetic. Complement heavily embellished gowns with dainty jewellery and embrace chunky necklaces and drop earrings if you’re slipping into a simple formal dress with minimal detail. 

What is the semi-formal dress code?

Semi-formal attire is best suited to gatherings that lean towards a more relaxed setting without being too casual. It’s all about sleek and sultry silhouettes that can be simple or statement-making. Floor-length ball gowns are probably not the best fit for a semi-formal event, so try a midi cut dress or a chic pantsuit that makes a statement without going overboard.

Are knee-length dresses formal?

Formal dresses do not necessarily have to be floor-length. More than the length, the cut and design classify an outfit as formal or casual. Knee-length and tailored midi cocktail dresses with beading, sequins and lacy embellishments can add the right amount of formality to your overall ensemble.

What shoes do you wear with a formal dress?

The more embellished and flamboyant your attire is, the simpler your shoes can be — that way, you won’t detract attention from your gown. Soft silver or gold heels create visual balance when paired with gowns in similar hues. If you’re slipping into a bold and vibrant formal dress, why not try heels in neutral tones, creamy whites and soft greys? You can brighten your look with neon-coloured high heels if you’re sporting an all-black or all-white gown. Don’t forget to choose the height of your heels according to the length of your formal gown and the event's location.