Formal Dresses

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Shop online at Beginning Boutique NZ for the latest trends in formal dresses. We have formal dresses to suit any occasion with an exciting range of evening wear, gowns, cocktail dresses, shoes and accessories for parties, weddings and your perfect ball night!

Formal Dresses


Find the perfect ball dresses for your special occasion!

Get dressed up for your cocktail party with one of our stunning formal dresses New Zealand from Beginning Boutique. Take your pick from our exclusive range of formal wear so hot you’ll have everyone asking where you got your dress from!

Explore our large range of formal dress designs available

At Beginning Boutique, we bring you the latest trends, styles and fits, so new arrivals are dropping Monday, Wednesday and Friday! In fact, we've got so many styles to choose from, you'll be spoilt for choice! 

Popular colours and styles

We know you won’t be able to resist the awesome range of colours we have in store for you! Go for the gorgeous gold sequin dress for that sparkling body-con lookOr pick white in a cowl neckline for ultimate elegance. Dazzle everyone in the room with a rose gold strapless dress, perfect to highlight your beauty look. Or blue dresses and slips with a beautiful navy halter neck to show off that sexy back detailing.

Slip, draped or belted - the choice is yours

We’ve got the hottest looks for you and your bestie! Whether it's the sexy slip style with a thigh-high leg slit or hot long sleeve dresses, our formal dresses are made from the best range of luxury fabrics, that are silky soft and hug your curves perfectly. Or create the perfect silhouette with a belted dress.

Sizes and styles to suit every occasions

We have a range of styles from so many great brands, specifically chosen for you. And with sizes for everyone, ranging from XXS to XXL so you'll be sure to find the right fit and perfect dress for any occasion! Popular styles include the slip midi dress, formal maxi dresses and the classic wrap dress.

Recommended formal dresses for your next wedding and black tie event

Beginning Boutique has you sorted for all your special occasions from weddings, cocktail parties to black tie events. We know you’ll love our ruched mini dresses, perfect if you're a wedding guest for that summer wedding. Or slip into one of our flowy wrap dress, absolutely perfect for a bridesmaid. You'll stand out from the crowd at any wedding or event, guaranteed! As for that all important black tie event, we have the classic off the shoulder maxi dress. Or dress black in a bodycon for that wow factor!

Popular Year 12 Formal dress styles

Most important night of the year = Year 12 graduation party, and Beginning Boutique has you sorted from head to toe, we're talking glam party dresses, shoes, and accessories to top off your ‘fit with the ultimate bling. We can help you create the on trend look you’ve been dreaming of!

Choose from our top 3 most popular dress styles:

  • The slip midi dress. A best seller that’s so chic and you will look great as you dance the night away. 

  • The slip formal dress. Really dress up in this full length formal dress comes with a thigh high leg slit for that added glam!

  • The maxi dress. A flawless flowing piece that never goes out of fashion. A perfect choice for the ball.

From flared skirts and one shoulder dresses to modern A-line and midi dresses 

You’ll feel like a princess in our flared skirts or a trend setting one shoulder dress available in a wide selection of colours and fabrics to choose from. Or steal the show dressed in our best selling midi dress or a cute as A-line. With so many effortless options to choose from we have dresses to complement every confident babe.

Browse our range of luxe fabrics available 

When only the best will do! Our formal dresses are especially designed in the finest luxury fabrics. Soft and smooth to the touch our luxe fabrics have a natural sheen and lustre which adds a sophisticated touch to our New Zealand formal wear. Look no further for formal wear with the ultimate wow-factor. Match one of our stylish formal dresses to the perfect set of heels

Once you've got your dress sorted, we've got an array of great looking shoes to choose from. Complement your midi dress with a pair of the classic black strappy heels or stilettos. They go with everything! If you're feeling summery, there's nothing quite like a pair of wedges for that cool-girl look.

Tips for accessorising your new dress 

When it comes to accessories, we have a gorgeous assortment of fine jewellery. Pair your stunning teal dress with a little something from our massive range of accessories including gold rings, zirconia stones and gems to elevate your look!

Finding the right design and size for you

With the full range of dress designs and sizes from XXS to XXL, there's sure to be a perfect dress to complement your every style. 

For a formal dress that shapes to your silhouette,

Choose dresses that are:

  • Form fitting

  • With V necklines or try a halter 

  • Open necklines

  • Clinched-in waistlines, like a wrap dress

For a more classic ensemble, 

Choose dresses that are:

  • Strapless to steal the show

  • Fitted open neck dress

  • A line dress 

  • A V-neckline

For something with a bit more extravagance and attention to detail,

Choose dresses that have:

  • Ruffles or a ruched top

  • Embellishments like sequins 

  • Details which increase volume below the waistline

Purchasing your ball dress online at Beginning Boutique

Get your formal dress now from our amazing collection of evening wear and jumpsuits. For all online purchases, we have an awesome returns policy, for the odd occasion when the dress just isn't quite right. Terms and conditions apply. Prices are reflected in NZD for easier transactions. Checkout with Afterpay or Laybuy for a stress free option. 

So what are you waiting for? Shop Beginning Boutique for your dream dress now and get it delivered quickly with express shipping whether you're in Auckland, Christchurch, Wellington or any where else in New Zealand. We know you’ll love what we have in store for you.

Frequently Asked Questions about formal dresses:

What is a formal dress?

Formal attire or a formal dress is a beautiful full length dress or gown. It's both exquisite, dressy and sexy. Some formal dresses are midi or knee length, depending on the occasion. For most women it's a chance to get dolled up in fancy revelry for the night.

What events and functions can you wear a formal dress to?

Weddings are a memories you want to keep forever and the perfect occasion to wear a formal dress. A formal dress is also the perfect choice for graduation parties, prom nights and balls. If invited to a dinner party, a formal dress would be the best attire to grace the evening. Other functions include the black-tie events.

What are some popular fabrics for a formal dress?

A great deal of thought goes into making the formal dress the beautiful masterpiece that it is. The most popular fabric choice is satin. With a silky soft feel and glittering sheen it's perfect for so many formal wear. Other widely used fabrics include chiffon and crepe for that added texture. Not to mention the ever popular luxury fabrics, which is absolutely stunning.