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Whether it’s an upscale work function, a formal event or a cocktail wedding, there’s no doubt about it: a dress is the fail-safe – and often expected – choice for women. But what if you hate wearing dresses? You’re not alone. 


At Billy J, we think that your smile is the prettiest thing you can wear. So, if you’re invited to a special event and you’re dreading the thought of having to slip into a dress, don’t panic. With so many stylish alternatives out there, a dress isn’t the only socially acceptable garment of choice for formal occasions anymore.


A little creativity goes a long way

If your default outfit is jeans and a tee, zipping up a fitted dress is probably something that fills you with dread. The last thing you want is to attend an event and spend the night feeling insecure in your body due to your outfit choice. So, we say ditch the dress. And the heels. That’s right - if celebs can grace the red carpet in flats and sneakers, why can’t we?


Here’s our stylish suggestions for what to wear when you don’t feel like wearing a dress:



One of our favourite ensembles, the throw-on-and-go ease of a jumpsuit combines the freedom of movement that you get from pants but with the flair of a dress. There won’t be any accidental wardrobe malfunctions with everything wrapped up all nicely. Dare to make a statement in wide leg varieties with a cinched-in waist, but stick to block colours for those formal occasions. Our suggestion? Silk, rayon and other luxe materials immediately ups the ante.


Rio Jumpsuit
Villa Jumpsuit
Mellana Jumpsuit


Pants and top

There’s a pants and top combo for every formal occasion - the secret is in making sure your top and bottom match in colour and texture. However, there’s a fine line between looking polished and looking like you’re late for a meeting with a client. A way to combat this is to pair a plunging blazer or lush lace intimate that shows just the right amount of skin (just don’t forget the booby tape.) 


Need One Pants
Dominica Pants
Hampton Pants

Ada Blazer
Uptown Cape Blazer
Flirty Lace Cami

Skirt and top

Who says you can’t wear a skirt if you don’t like to wear dresses? Not us. Just like dresses, there’s so many different cuts of skirts - you are sure to find one that flatters your figure. From the iconic pencil skirt to the A-line, wrap or full style, it’s all about the texture of the skirt that can elevate your look from casual to formal-appropriate. 


Cami Slip Skirt
Jimi Skirt
Winnie Skirt
Allora Midi Skirt  

Kimia Top
Need One Top
Angelika Cami Top
Chloe Top 

Matching sets 

The easiest way to pull together an outfit, this on-trend look du jour gives you that polished look with minimal effort. Equal parts sophisticated and cool, a matching set doesn’t have to be a pantsuit - it can be a skirt and top combo, or even blazer and shorts. Best of all, you really feel like you’re getting multiple outfits in one, as you can wear them separately on different days.


Neo Set
Serena Set
Willow Top and Skirt Set 

The finishing touches

Really don’t want to wear heels? We hear you. You can still impress and knock ‘em dead with a beautifully-designed pair of shoes. Our secret? The pointier the toe, the dressier it will look. It’s not cheating: it’s thinking outside of the (shoe) box. 


If you’re a sneaker kinda gal, then the upgrade to our shorter-than-7cm heels shouldn’t be that difficult. With block heels and a comfortable inner sole, you won’t feel like you’re teetering on stilts at all.


Our favourites:

Yakima Heels
Yalena Heels
Vicenza Flats
Bellagio Heel


Not opposed to wearing heels? Our collection of skyscraper stilettos are sure to help you command attention. As the ultimate symbol of femininity, there’s just something about sliding into a pair of heels that makes us feel more confident, more powerful.


Our favourites:

Jerez Heel
Chichi Mule Heel
Laine Heels
Solange Heel
Talia Heel


Look next level with Billy J

When a special occasion comes calling, Billy J is here to bring you variety with our large collection of pants, jumpsuits and skirts. We have what you need to stand out and make a jaw-dropping statement. Whether it’s a semi-formal event, black tie or just a night out with the girls, our outfits are guaranteed to keep you on-trend and looking classy.


With FREE express shipping across Australia and NZ for orders over $100, your weekend outfit can get to you sooner than you think. Shop our collection online today.

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