27 Best Gala Dresses to Wear to Your Next Formal Event


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Large-scale events are back, and so is the need for gala dresses. If you were not prepared for the onslaught of black-tie affairs and formal gatherings after a few years in sweatpants, it’s time to get inspired again with evening wear frocks that will make you want to get dressed up again. Whether you are on the hunt for that next grand charity function or strict dress code fête, look no further than our edit of the best gala dresses, at every price point, that will warrant headturns.

If you’re a minimalist, there are slinky slips and column dresses aplenty from Norma Kamali and eveningwear darling Alex Perry. If you prefer something more traditional, take a peek at the breathtaking black ball gown from Carolina Herrera. Of course, when you’re in the mood to dazzle and delight, you can never go wrong with sequins and lamé, like Attico’s remarkable showstopper. And if you ever thought you couldn’t wear cotton to a formal event, Valentino proves this theory wrong with a shirting gown that is serious black-tie goals. Can we hear a little commotion for these dresses?

Ahead, shop 27 gala dresses that will ensure you have a great night out, no matter your grand plans. 

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