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Evening dresses: elegant womenswear for special and formal occasions

Evening dresses are the epitome of feminine elegance and make every woman look like a style goddess. Designing and producing luxurious evening wear is one of the most challenging tasks for fashion designers. Fine fabrics, ornate details and flattering cuts are clever twists to emphasise a woman’s natural beauty. Find your special occasion dress here.

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How to style your formal dress

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Finding elegant evening dresses at Artigiano

Find stunning evening dresses for the right occasion

Have you received an invitation to a special occasion, such as a wedding or a graduation ball? Do you love going to the opera or enjoy attending galas? Lucky you! Now you have the perfect reason to browse through the wonderfully varied selection of elegant evening wear on our website.

At Artigiano, you will find evening dresses in different lengths. Shorter versions in knee-length or midi-length are the perfect choice for a formal occasion with a casual atmosphere, such as a summer wedding or family gatherings for a big birthday or silver and golden weddings. Long evening dresses are a very flattering, elegant option for highly formal occasions such as balls, opera visits or evening events with a black tie dress code.

There is the perfect formal dress for every woman. You just need to know which details and cuts accentuate your assets. If you want to put the focus on your legs, we recommend you choose a knee-length dress. Long evening dresses made from flowing fabrics such as silk and satin are fantastic figure flatterers for women with feminine curves. A simple V-neck always guarantees an elegant neckline and suits every body type. Empire dresses have an ideal cut for women with a small waist.

Among the range of formal dresses, the shift dress is an extremely versatile essential for every wardrobe. Shift dresses are the perfect outfit choice for more or less any type of formal occasion. Combined with a blazer, the must-have staple can also be worn during the day, for example for formal meetings at work.

How to style your formal dress

Sometimes, invitations state the dress code for the event. Choosing the right styling options for your dress is the key to your perfect outfit!

Shorter dresses in knee-length or midi-length are incredible all-rounders. Here’s a short dress code overview:

  • Black tie: If your invitation calls for “black tie”, but you are not a big fan of long dresses, a formal cocktail dress might be the right alternative for you. The ideal length is slightly below the knee. Elegant fabrics such as flowing satin, chiffon, crepe or silk are perfect for an elegant evening look. Dress up your outfit with fancy evening shoes and accessories.
  • Morning dress: Smart midi-dresses or formal dresses in knee-length are a great choice. Discover the formal lace dresses or dresses with stylish floral prints at Artigiano! Your outfit should not be too revealing, so either choose a dress with sleeves or cover your shoulders with a classic shrug, a bolero or an elegant shawl or cardigan. For a more formal style, wear a light coat or a tailored jacket. As for shoes, chic daytime court shows or wedges with a low or mid heel are a safe option. A small hand bag or clutch bag that matches your shoes is a must-have accessory. And why not complete your look with a discreet fascinator or hat? In general, avoid accessories with too much bling!
  • Smart casual: The “smart casual” dress code might sound confusing and even contradictory. There may indeed be different interpretations by the hosts and guests, but we know for sure, that this dress code is less formal than “morning dress”. The best choice is a formal, but not too elegant day dress that is easily combinable. In this case, a shift dress is a great option. It can be worn with a tailored jacket or a light cardigan. Smart flat shoes, such as ballet pumps, are the ideal footwear for this look. If you want to be absolutely safe and prepared, bring an extra pair of shoes with low or mid heels to dress up your outfit if necessary.

Luckily, there are also events with dress codes where you can finally wear a stunning long evening dress:

  • Black tie: This dress code asks for a classic, elegant evening look, so long, formal evening dresses made of fine fabrics are definitely an appropriate choice. Elegant high heels and matching, elegant accessories should complete your outfit.
  • White tie: “White tie” is society‘s most formal and elegant dress code. Women definitely have to wear a very formal, long dress. Sparkling, fine jewellery, evening gloves, high heels, stoles and shawls are the ideal companions of your dress.

Still be you!

Respecting dress codes and the host’s expectations is a matter of respect and courtesy. However, never buy a dress you don’t feel comfortable in just because it is appropriate for a certain event. Nowadays, dress code conventions are much more liberal and open than a few decades ago. Formal evening wear is available in countless styles, fabrics, cuts and colours. Browse through Artigiano‘s site and find evening dresses that emphasize your individual personality.

Finding elegant evening dresses at Artigiano

Discover the wide selection of formal evening wear for confident women of all types at Artigiano. Create your personal customer account and enjoy the quick and easy shopping experience. Our website provides useful information about products, garment care, shipment, delivery and payment. If you are interested in inspiring fashion trends, take a look at “La Bella Figura”, Artigiano’s free online magazine. Subscribe to our newsletter and receive updates on discounts, prize draws and fashion news.

Shop today at Artigiano and a find your new favourite evening dress that unites elegance, quality, durability, versatility and high wearing comfort. Also browse through other product categories at Artigiano and discover shoes, jackets, handbags and accessories that round off your style. Be the best dressed and make an impressive entrance at the next special event!

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