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Long VS Short Dresses For Formal Wear

By Sayedero Enytan @fashionengineer

We know that shopping for your prom dress, or any formal dress for that matter, is serious stuff. As you would do with any important business, you need to have a plan in mind when you begin shopping for your dress.

Most of us tend to have an idea of what we'd like our ideal formal dresses to look like, whether it's a flowing ball gown or a short, flirty number.

In fact, one of the biggest decisions you will need to make when shopping for a formal dress is what length you would like. While some women prefer one over the other, others find themselves sitting on the fence, wondering which to choose. So, to help you figure it all out, we've put together the pros and cons of long and short dresses so that when you shop at, you'll know exactly which to choose.

The Pros and Cons of Short Formal Dresses

While long dresses are certainly elegant, if you plan on hitting the dancefloor all night long, they can get annoying. But, this isn't an issue if you choose a short dress, which makes dancing the night away so much easier.

What's more, even though shorter dresses have become popular for formal events over the years, it seems that long dresses still remain at the top of the list. So, if you want to turn heads instead of being a wallflower, short is the way to go. If you fancy a somewhat rock and roll look, pick a metallic short dress and pair it with a pair of sexy stilettos.

As for the cons? Well, while you can still be modest in a long dress, some shorter versions offer a little too much for the eye to see. Before you buy a short dress, especially if it's for prom, make sure your parents approve of the length - and that is passes the school code.

The Pros and Cons of Long Formal Dresses

Did you know the short formal dresses are quite new to the fashion world? They only started gaining popularity in the 1980s, when girls began to prefer club-inspired looks for formal functions. But, if you are more into classic styles, a long dress is the way to go and you can find right here.

If you do have your eye on a long formal dress, rest assured you will look and feel classic and elegant, perhaps even timeless. If you want a true retro look, pick a gown in a classic shade of red or black. You can draw loads of inspiration from Hollywood icons on the red carpet.

As for the cons? Your long dress may need altering. We're all different heights, we all come in different sizes and shapes, and that means if you want to buy a longer length dress, you need to allow for enough time to have the length altered should it be too short or too long right of the rail.


No matter which dress length you prefer, what matters is that you and feel confident. Have fun finding the perfect dress, but don't be afraid to go for something unusual if it catches your eye.

Long VS Short Dresses For Formal Wear

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