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10 sites to buy formal dresses in 2018

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Discover your next cocktail or formal frock for weddings, graduation and other special events.

A special occasion invitation is exciting — especially when it requires a new dress to step out in. Forget spending a day trying on fancy duds at multiple stores. Find a new gown that makes you feel amazing, floor-length or otherwise fancy.

This is your guide to shopping for a formal dress that’s guaranteed to turn heads.

1. Macy's
Find an affordably priced dress that's perfect for your event.

Macy's has lots of options in a variety of sizes, whatever your price point.

  • Free shipping with orders of $99 or more
  • Free returns

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2. Nordstrom
Buy a formal dress from top brands like Alexander Wang and Cinq à Sept.

You're sure to look glamorous, whatever the occasion.

  • Free shipping
  • Free returns

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3. Missguided
Looking for something on a budget? Find cheap formal dresses at Missguided.

You'll find a younger flair and trendy styles at this cool girl store.

  • Free delivery on orders over $50
  • Student discount

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4. Anthropologie
Get a gown that's flirty and feminine at Anthropologie.

Its designs accentuate everything that's great about being a woman.

  • Free shipping with orders of $150 or more
  • Buy now, pay later with Afterpay

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5. Bloomingdale's
It's time to discover your perfect formal gown at Bloomingdale's.

This department store favorite carries all the top designer brands of the moment.

  • Free shipping with orders over $150 or a free Bloomingdale's account
  • Free returns
  • Plus sizes available

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6. Barneys
Luxury awaits when you shop at Barneys.

It has hundreds of options that are perfect for any event you might be attending.

  • Free returns
  • Free shipping

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7. ModCloth
Approach any event with vintage style when you shop at ModCloth.

It offers a variety of options that ladies of any size can enjoy.

  • Free shipping with orders of $75 or more
  • Free returns
  • Plus sizes up to 4X

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8. Express
Look modern and sophisticated when you choose this fashion forward retailer.

Express loves keeping up with the trends, and its formalwear is no exception.

  • Free shipping with orders of $50 or more

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9. Nordstrom Rack
From weddings to fancy dinners, everyone needs an affordable formal dress to turn to.

That's where the Rack comes in -- find that perfect dress to fall back on for any event.

  • Free shipping with orders of $100 or more
  • Plus sizes available

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10. Saks Off Fifth
Save on a beautiful designer gown when you shop this discount department store.

You're sure to find the perfect dress for any event, and maybe even an extra one to hang in your closet until the next one comes up.

  • Free shipping with orders of $99 or more
  • Plus size up to 3X

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Which sites offer free delivery?

Special occasions deserve anything but standard shipping prices. These top retailers offer free delivery of your next formal on minimum orders online:

Top deals on dresses December 2018

Express Express

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The Walking Company The Walking Company

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Macy's Macy's

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Sears Sears

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Tillys Tillys

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Fairyseason Fairyseason

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AllSaints AllSaints

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Fairyseason Fairyseason

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Sears Sears

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Tommy Hilfiger Tommy Hilfiger

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Boohoo Boohoo

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Express Express

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Saks Off Fifth Saks Off Fifth

19.95 flat rate shipping on international orders over $100

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AliExpress AliExpress

Shop fashion items from 30% off musical festival trends this Summer

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Gap Gap

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Popular Dresses coupon codes

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24 Nov 2018 15% off clothes, shoes and accessories BLA****
23 Nov 2018 8% off over $79 N8****
22 Nov 2018 6% off orders over $49 N6****
22 Nov 2018 10% off over $40 VS4****
22 Nov 2018 10% off over $119 N10****
15 Dec 2018 50% off women's dresses now: starting at $19.95 ********

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Amanda Swan

Amanda Swan is a shopping writer for finder.com. She loves face masks, rain, cheese and traveling. Her favorite places are London, Disneyland, Portland and anywhere near the ocean. She loves finding great deals on cute dresses and makeup palettes, and she's kind of addicted to two-day delivery and her iPhone.

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