It's Official: These Are the Best Places to Buy Dresses Online


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While the current state of the world is still a bit tough, it doesn't mean we aren't shopping for future celebrations. Graduations, weddings, and parties will feel as though they were never canceled or postponed, and once that time comes, you will need the perfect dress for all the occasions. In case you're more of a "buy now, wear later" person, I made a list of the very best places to shop for fancy dresses so you will be more than prepared for your first elegant event of the year.

From Nordstrom to Revolve, get ready for more social events to come as you shop for fancy dresses. With every budget and size in mind, we have a feeling these retailers will be your new go-tos for formal events if they aren't already.

1. Shopbop

As one of the most diverse retailers on this list, Shopbop has to be one of our go-to favorites when it comes to occasionwear. From contemporary designers to luxury brands, there's something for everyone on Shopbop.

2. Revolve

This list wouldn't be complete without a mention of Revolve, the cool girl–approved brand that relies on a slew of trendy, up-and-coming designers and indie labels to take any party to the next level. Whether you're looking for a dress for graduation or a swanky night out, Revolve is an immediate must-see before checking out on any other site.

3. Net-a-Porter

Our editors love Net-a-Porter, and frankly, you should too. Focused on high-quality brands at luxury design price points, this retailer is an instant browse if you're looking for something extra special and have a bit more money to spend. More than likely, your favorite influencer's closet is made up of their favorite NAP picks.

4. Fwrd

Revolve's cooler, pricier sister Fwrd may be newer on the scene, but it definitely ranks on our list. You can find both influencer-favorite brands and high-street favorites here, making it the perfect choice if you have no idea where to start.

5. Reformation

Ref girls are some of the coolest girls to do it, and thanks to the retailer's viral hits, you can do it too. While Reformation dresses shine in the summer and spring, its fall and winter offerings are not to be missed.

6. Zara

Clocking in as one of the most affordable and approachable brands on this list, Zara is an easy pick when it comes to looking for a cool, casual dress that can be dressed up or down. The Spanish retailer carries tons of elevated basics that live seamlessly throughout your closet, like sweaterdresses and maxi dresses, and its fun, trendy, runway-inspired picks take over our editors' closets all the time.

7. Nordstrom

Ah, Nordstrom is the happiest place on Earth for WWW editors. Our favorite retailer has quite literally everything under the sun available to shop, including some of the best dresses for those special moments in your life. I bought both my high school prom and college graduation dresses from here along with tons of other dresses I've accumulated over the years for things like birthdays, baby showers, and bachelorette trips. If that isn't telling you that you need to check out Nordstrom's dress section, I don't know what will.

This story was originally published at an earlier date and has been updated.

Dale Arden Chong