The invitation read, “Ball Attire Requested”. Really? When was the last time you were invited to a Ball? Well, my friend Cathy was invited to a wedding, and the invitation indicated, “best ball attire requested”. She asked for help, because this doesn’t happen to people everyday. Cathy, I will get back to You after I find that darned shoe I lost last night.
So…one asks, What does one wear to a “Ball”? I went to my trusty source, UrbanDictionary.com…hoping for a funny, snappy definition, and this is what I got: A garment of clothing worn usually by women as a formal wear. That’s it? I was hoping for something a tad more snarky. Of course, I’m sure there’s a SomeEcard for that! :) Plus, many of the “ball gowns” look like Prom Dresses anyway…and with what girls wear now for Proms, and the price they spend on dresses, a prom dress can also be a ball gown. And, don’t hate her…but my friend Cathy could actually wear Most of her daughter’s friend’s prom dresses…and she’ll rock them, actually!
When I googled Ball Gowns (not one word, btw)…I have to say, many looked like Wedding Gowns. So I guess in this new era, you can get married, wear your lovely white gown, then wear it Again for a Ball. I know people talk about wearing bridesmaid dresses several times (and who really does?)…but truly, based on what I’ve seen, I dare say you can certainly get away with wearing your wedding gown for a ball.
So Cathy, a ball gown is a lovely gown (long) with either a full or a straight skirt. It can be any color…black, red, white, pink or lilac…or any other color of the rainbow…or not even on the rainbow. You can wear a ball gown to your own wedding, to your prom, or to a party requesting “ball attire”. A ball gown is worn for ballroom dancing and only the most formal social occasions according to rules of etiquette. It is traditionally a full-skirted gown reaching at least to the ankles, made of luxurious fabric, delicately and exotically trimmed. Most versions are cut off the shoulder with decollete necklines. (Wikipedia).
And… based on my extensive research and knowledge on this subject (Ahem)…here are my choices for you to wear to the Ball-themed wedding:
Tiara, of course, optional.
- The Party Dress Code…Uncoded (dressedtoat.wordpress.com)