Formal season is upon us. This means cooler painting, cooler filling, and finding cute dresses for each of our formals. Whether you are going on an away formal or staying in New Orleans, I’ve compiled a packing list for your trip and some great places to get a last minute dress for formal.



Lulu’s is great for formal dresses because you can look at options sorted by color, shape, fit, etc. One of my favorite components of Lulu’s website is that they have “fan photos” of other customers who’ve uploaded photos of themselves in the dresses/jumpsuits. Lulu’s also offers a 15% student discount if you sign up using your Tulane email address. Lulu’s also has great shoes and heels at a reasonable price-point if you’re looking to shake it up in terms of footwear.



ASOS is great to find formal dresses, and you usually can find great quality dresses on sale. One of my favorite aspects of ASOS is their video component, where you can see a model walk wearing the piece to see how it fits and moves.

Nasty Gal


Nasty Gal also has an array of dresses, rompers, and jumpsuits, all at a reasonable price. They are always having sales for 50-80% off of all of their items, so it is definitely worth checking out. I do recommend looking at the reviews, because they can give more insight on how a piece will look in person.



We all are familiar with the Revolve brand from the countless instagram influencers who promote it. They do so for good reason! All of the clothing and dresses on Revolve are current, on-trend, and would work great for formal. While the average dress will be pricier than the above brands, Revolve has a feature that allows you to sort my price. All of the dresses below are under $100!


About Abby Dolan

Abby Dolan is a junior from San Francisco who is part of our Fashion and Beauty team. She's a double minor in Communications and Psych, and loves spending time outdoors.