Women's Formal Dresses
Our array of dresses for women is endlessly versatile yet essentially feminine, offering a silhouette and style to suit every occasion. Got a wedding (or two) on the calendar? Whether it's a low-key event or a formal affair, we've got dresses for everyone in attendance: breathtaking wedding dresses for the bride, pretty chiffon numbers for the bridesmaids, gorgeous options for the mother of the bride and mother of the groom and dance-ready styles for wedding guests. And we can't talk about dresses without talking about high school dances. Glimmering sequin shifts, long, sweeping evening gowns—Nordstrom has picture-perfect, memory-making styles for homecoming and, of course, prom. Teens might even find an excuse to wear their dance dresses again come the holidays when the calendar is packed with parties and spirits are as bright as the season's newest metallic cocktail dresses. We know that shine isn't for everyone, though, so we also have a vast selection of chic little black dresses for your holiday office party, appetizers and eggnog with the in-laws and beyond. When you're not dressing for a wedding, big dance or seasonal shindig, the options are endless. In the spring and summer, we like to hit the farmers' market in a white linen sundress or breezy maxi style with strappy sandals and a tote large enough to hold ripe fruit and fresh flowers. In the fall and winter, long-sleeve shirt dresses and cozy sweater dresses pair perfectly with boots and a good book or a warm wool coat and an afternoon of apple picking. Luxuriously lazy weekends call for casual T-shirt dresses made from soft jersey or cotton, while a night out with the girls calls for a sexy style like a body-con party dress. Celebrating a special anniversary with your significant other? You can't go wrong with a lace midi dress in romantic red. No matter what you're doing or who you're with, a dress is always a good idea. The one-and-done style makes getting dressed and looking great easy, and we'll love it forever for that. And once you've found the perfect one (or two or 10), we make it easy to find the perfect fit with a wide range of sizes—including petite and plus sizes—and a team of professional tailors and alterations experts onsite in every store. Plus, we've got everything you need to complete your look. Browse our full selection of women's shapewear, women's shoes, women's jewelry and women's handbags to make your new dress really shine.