Freshers’ fashion: How to dress for your first formal


Here’s The Tab’s guide to finding the perfect Formal outfit for you.

The Mini dress

Mini dresses can be flattering with anyone from those with long legs, or short legs. Minimalism works best, either with simple accessories or a simple dress; less is definitely more.

niamh black

The Co-Ord

These can be particularly hard to pull off, but the trick is to wear a skirt or pair of shorts which are high waisted. Showing off the bare minimum of your tum is the perfect way to be effortlessly sexy.

niamh green

The Midi dress

The midi-dress is great if you’re unsure about committing fully to the mini or maxi. The mid shin length is perfect to dance the night away, whether it’s in a bodycon, or a flowy material as seen here.

shibs white

The Maxi dress

For those daring to lift your dress as you walk, the maxi is for you. They add elegance and sophistication to any formal outfit, to make you picture perfect ready!

shibs red

The Playsuit

The formal playsuit is a fun way of looking sleek, whist being able to boogie. They make your bum look great, so for all booty lovers, this is the outfit for you.

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The Pantsuit

Who needs gender based clothing anyway? Break all the rules and bare all in a pantsuit. Monochrome works best, so pair with a pair of nude heels and you’re ready to look fierce.

izzy black

The T-Shirt dress

This t-shirt flapper-esq dress is perfect for the cucumbers of the world who just want to show off their assets! If you have more of a boxy frame, opt for a more loose, detailed dress to spring into your formal in style.


The Skater dress

Small boobed girls this is for you! A low cut front and a flared skirt really helps accentuate petite frames.

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Models: Niamh Moran, Siobhan Moran, Isabel Jury, Tiffany Le

Clothes: ASOS, New Look, Ginger Fizz, Oh My Love, Club L, Misguided

Makeup and Hair: Isabel Jury