semi formals for womens

Top 15 Semi-Formal Attire Ideas for Women

A semi-formal dress code can be very tricky since it's not always clearly defined. This style is between cocktail and black tie attire, and women who have not had an opportunity to see it before may find it difficult to understand it fully.

Semi-formal dress code is usually required on wedding receptions, cocktail parties, business events, and similar occasions. Women are supposed to look sophisticated but not too formal – therefore, you should find a perfect balance between relaxed and dressy style.

Still, finding a perfect semi-formal attire doesn't need to be as tricky as it sounds. Let's learn more about the style itself and see the 15 actual examples of semi-formal attire based on the clothing you can find at HeyYou Women’s Fashion.

What Does Semi Formal Mean?

Semi-formal attire is not as casual as business wear, but it’s still more formal than regular party wear. There are no particular rules you should follow, but your final outfit choice will depend on the type of event you’re attending and whether you need to stick with the higher formality level or not.

Semi-formal dress code encompasses a wide variety of dressy skirts, pants, jumpsuits, and dresses. You’re also encouraged to wear separates and enhance them with glitzy jewelry and a pair of glam stilettos.

Semi-Formal vs. Formal

While semi formal refers to a mix of sophisticated dressing and a casual style, a formal dress code (such as black tie) requires a less relaxed and more elegant overall apparel. For example, a full-length gown is more than welcome for formal functions, while a chic knee-length dress represents a more appropriate choice for semi-formal settings.

Semi-Formal Attire for Women: What to Wear?

You have many apparel choices when it comes to embracing semi-formal dress code – from dresses and skirts to suit pants, blazers, and classy blouses. We are about to present the best options for your upcoming semi-formal event, including the authentic examples you can find at our collection.

Let’s begin.


It’s always better to wear a dress to semi-formal dinners and parties and stay away from jeans and pants. However, the occasion is what determines your final choice.

For instance, most business events call for professionalism, which is why you’re advised to go for a skirted suit, a long-sleeved cocktail dress, or similar outfits enhanced with a blazer or jacket.

Front Slit Bustier Dress ($88.00)

A Front Slit Bustier Dress is a semi-formal attire female population finds perfect. It’s equally sexy and supportive since it’s enhanced with a front slit leg opening and underwire cups. A full lining, two color options (black and champagne), and a hidden back zip closure are essential features of this cocktail dress that will make you own the room wherever you are.

Cowl Neck Satin Slip Dress ($78.00)

Boost your sexiness and style with a Cowl Neck Satin Slip Dress – a head-turning piece that cannot go unnoticed. It’s available in a wide range of colors, from classic neutrals to compelling jewel tones, both perfectly applied to the high-quality satin fabric. You’ll also love a nicely draped neckline, which makes this dress your new go-to number for a night out.

Mini Dress with Pleated Sleeves ($148.00)

Add a dose of dramatic tone with a Mini Dress with Pleated Sleeves. This stunner is available in light pink and black color, and each one brings an elevated amount of style to your semi-formal attire. It has a high neckline, dramatic pleated sleeves, full lining, a hidden back zip closure, and a flirty mini length cut that will make a statement wherever you go.

Lace Slip Dress ($78.00)

A simple slit dress enhanced with the timeless lace detail makes a perfect semi-formal wear for different occasions. The Lace Slip Dress from our collection is one of the best examples of sophisticated elegance that never goes out of style. You may choose between the black one or the one with floral detail – both options are unique and ideal for events where slight, delicate sexiness is allowed.
Lace Slip Dress

Apron Mini Dress ($68.00)

Enjoy the last sun rays and show off some skin in Apron Mini Dress. It bares skin in all the right places, making sure you look classy and appropriate for the event. It comes in four unique colors – black, key lime, light blue, and white – while other features include a high neckline, hidden back zipper closure, and a head-turning satin fabric.

Shirts and Blouses

Shirts and blouses are perfect for semi-formal events, especially when styled with a suit skirt or dressy pants. Opt for those made of satin and silk materials, and avoid those that plunge too deep or are see-through – such models are more appropriate for casual nights out, than semi-formal affairs.

Mandarin Collar Button Up Top ($58.00)

A Mandarin Collar Button Up Top is an excellent example of a semi-formal garment. It's polished and classy, and you can pair it with a wide variety of skirts and dressy pants, depending on your preferences. It has a unique mandarin collar detail, front button closure, and balloon sleeves with button cuff. It's made from incredibly lightweight materials, and it's available in three colors – ivory, midnight, and orchid pink.

Polka Dot Blouse ($58.00)

A subtle polka dot stitching and two light color options (lavender and white) make the Polka Dot Blouse a great semi-formal attire option. You can style it with dressy pants or a skirt and utilize jewelry and accessories to enhance your overall look.

High Neck Satin Short Sleeve Top ($58.00)

A High Neck Satin Short Sleeve Top is an always-on-trend piece in which you’ll look and feel fantastic. It has both classy and casual tones that make it ideal for semi-formal settings, regardless of the color that you choose (natural, lavender, black, and emerald green). This top can be perfectly styled with a pencil skirt or high-waisted dressy pants. Jewelry and killer accessories are also welcome.


Skirts are an essential part of the semi formal dress code as they provide a touch of elegance and sophistication. Knee-length or midi skirts are an excellent option for business dinners or any work-related event where you want to show some style and professionalism.

Leopard Satin Slip Midi Skirt ($58.00)

Boost your confidence while looking professional in Leopard Satin Slip Midi Skirt. The leopard print is flawlessly applied to this item's overall design, and it contributes to the sophisticated look you'll eventually achieve. Pair the skirt with a white button-up or a blouse, and feel free to add some accessories. It is available in black leopard and red leopard print.

Knit Midi Skirt ($48.00)

Wear a Knit Midi Skirt and get the look inspired by the legendary outfits that Meghan Markle used to wear on the TV show Suits. Midi length, soft knit fabric, stretch fit, and a broad range of color options are the most prominent features this skirt has, and since it’s incredibly versatile, you can be very creative and come up with many chic outfits in line with semi-formal dress code.

Faux Leather Pencil Skirt ($64.00)

A Faux Leather Pencil Skirt is an inevitable part of semi formals for women since it completes your look and provides a significant dose of classiness. It features the eco-friendly faux leather, a back zipper closure, midi length, full lining, and two color options (blush and black) that will leave you and anyone around you, breathless.


Chic jumpsuits can significantly enhance your overall look and ensure an elevated level of comfort. They are stylish and versatile, which allows you to create a wide variety of styles and outfits appropriate for cocktail parties and similar semi-formal occasions.

Straight Neck Jumpsuit ($68.00)

You can never go wrong with a Straight Neck Jumpsuit, which is quite a stylish item you can wear on many occasions. You can pair it with a blazer to achieve an authentic office-chic look, while some high heels can make a super-sexy look appropriate for semi-formal parties. Choose among black, red, and white color, and add some jewelry to upgrade your apparel.


A simple blazer can upgrade your look and add a dose of sleek sophistication to your existing apparel. Blazers come in different models, styles, colors, and patterns, and they can be easily styled with other garments, including skirts, pants, dresses, and jumpsuits.

Beaded Fringe Asymmetrical Blazer ($148.00)

A Beaded Fringe Asymmetrical Blazer is a one-of-a-kind blazer that offers a unique fashion experience you cannot find everywhere. Apart from a stunning beaded detail, this blazer features the asymmetrical cut, flap pockets, and two chic and always-on-trend color options – black and white.

Cape Blazer ($78.00)

A Cape Blazer is perfect for occasions when you need extra cover and style. Arm slits and open, peaked front with hook and eye closure ensure this item provides the right amount of coverage while upgrading your overall style. This fashion-forward piece comes in black, red, and chestnut color, and each of them is exceptionally unique and stylish.

Cropped Blazer ($98.00)

Chic and polished Cropped Blazer will complete your semi-formal attire and take it to a whole new level. A single front button closure, a front welt pocket, and two color options (beige and navy) are some of the reasons why this stunner will soon become your newest go-to piece.