Why Don't We Really Dress Up Anymore?

Over the past few years, fashion has become pretty casual. Thanks to the rise of streetwear brands and the popularity of celebrity merch, jeans, trainers, and hoodies have become far more commonplace than dresses, skirts, and heels. And while we certainly don't mind this seismic shift on days when we can't quite be bothered to put together a perfectly polished look, it's also lead us to truly appreciate those moments when someone forgoes the whole "effortless" thing and just gets dressed the fuck up.

Fortunately, we've been starting to see more women wearing dressy dresses — like, full-on fancy, floor-length, tulle, and embellished gowns — to places that aren't black-tie events. These days, there's something really refreshing and magical about someone who goes all-out in head-to-toe Valentino, or chooses to pair, a gown with a T-shirt and trainers. Yes, looking undone and slightly dishevelled has been It for a while, but the real confidence comes in showing up in show-stopping glamour like the women ahead.

Let the following women convince you to ditch your denim for a tulle skirt every now and then. Here's to looking fancy as hell for no reason at all.

More from Styling Tips

Watch

R29 Original Series

Watch Now
Fashion
A look at the subcultures around the world that color what we wear — and why.
Watch Now
Travel
Explore the world's most most vibrant cultural and culinary centers—in 60 seconds, of course.
Watch Now
Beauty
The craziest trends, most unique treatments, and strangest subcultures in the beauty world.
Watch Now
Lifestyle
Millennial survivor-woman Lucie Fink dives headfirst into social experiments, 5 days at a time.