Whether it’s for a dinner party, a dance, a school formal, or any other special event, every woman needs to have a couple of stylish formal dresses in addition to suits and separates. Sure, dressing up and doing your makeup to attend a nice, formal dinner party is exciting, but it can be overwhelming when you don't know what to wear (or if you don’t like anything that’s in your wardrobe!)

If you are on the hunt for the perfect formal dress, eBay is a great place to shop for one. You can sift through numerous formal dresses and accessories, with different styles, colours and sizes.

Choose the right colour

To simplify your shopping, choose a couple of colors that you love first. When you know the right colour combinations, it can become easier for you to pick out the best styles, patterns and designs.

Keep a reasonable budget

A great formal dress does not have to be overly expensive. But what it needs to be is stylish! You can shop for a whole range of dresses, from expensive to affordable, but when you don't know how much you can spend on your dress, the experience can be a bit daunting. So, when you narrow down how much you can invest in your dress hunting, you can also narrow down your choices and brands.

Pick out a style

After colour, the next most important thing you should do is think of a style you want to go with. Before shopping for a dress for an upcoming wedding, a corporate dinner or any other formal event, you need to know what style suits you best.

For example, would you rather go for a tight fitting dress, or do you want to go for a more flowy gown? Should the dress have meticulous design weaves or patterns, or should it be simple yet elegant? These are some essential design questions you need to answer.

But your journey doesn't end here! After you pick out a dress, feel free to shop for a beautiful cardian or jumper to go over your formal dress.