If you’ve ever had the opportunity to attend a ball or black tie event, it can be a huge task to try to find the perfect dress. Long vs short, train vs. no train, the options are overwhelming and can leave you feeling stressed. Recently I teamed up with Rachel Allan to find a formal dress that I could wear to the Margarita Ball in Dallas. I'm not going to lie, at first I was having MAJOR anxiety about finding a formal gown. I know I buy and style clothes constantly, but formal attire is not that common for me. All my doubts disappeared once I looked at the endless options from Rachel Allan. The website itself is so cute and inviting that I just knew I'd find the right dress for me. There's a fun video that pops up showing stunning girls at a fair in their Rachel Allan dresses! 

After searching the website and finding so many beautiful gowns, I finally decided on this navy stunner. The beaded detail on this dress makes it unique and stand out in a crowd. I also love the pattern on the top portion and how it goes into a deep plunge. This is a beautiful gown with just the right amount of sexy. I received so many compliments on my dress that it proved to be a good choice. If you have a formal event coming up, at the very least I hope this post will guide you in the right direction on the types of dresses you can wear. I've also rounded up a ton of formal dress options at the end of this post - all under $150!

It was truly a hard decision when choosing a dress from Rachel Allan, they have quite the variety of styles to choose from. They even have dresses for girls going to prom! Looking at all those dresses brought back memories of my high school prom! Surprisingly enough my prom dress was this exact navy color. That was wayyy back in the day, but I guess navy never goes out of style. Some of my other top contenders from Rachel Allan were this one, this one, and this one. For size reference, I went with a 4. Typically this brand runs a little small, so I recommend sizing up once. I am usually a size 0-2 or small in dresses. This dress has a short train in the back and is without a doubt the most elegant thing I’ve worn in quite some time..I honestly felt like a princess the entire night! 

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This post is in partnership with Rachel Allan, a brand I love. All selections and opinions are my own.