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Old 01-12-2008, 08:05 PM   #1
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Ball Gown "rules"
My dh and I have to go to a ball next month. Yes, I said "have to". Neither of us want to go, but we have to go because it is work related (for him, not me). I don't like dressing up very much. My wedding dress was a batik sundress purchased on sale at J.Crew if that helps any...
Anyway, I don't know what is considered a "ball gown". Does it have to be long?

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Old 01-12-2008, 09:37 PM   #2
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In our area they have formal rental places (not just men's tuxs'). If you don't want to buy, could you rent? Also a simple long satiny skirt and a fancy top would be comfortable and simple. Remember when sharon stone wore the ball gown skirt and the Gap shirt to the Oscars? It might work for you!?
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Old 01-12-2008, 09:42 PM   #3
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I think traditionally ball gowns were long, but times change. Is there some else that has been that you can ask? One of DH's coworkers wives or something?

I just looked on Google images for ball gown. Yikes.. I don't like to dress up either so I know how you feel!

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Old 01-12-2008, 09:51 PM   #4
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I found a dress that I like. Well, at least I like the dress style, but I'm not sure about the price.
But, I just don't know about the length.
The only other wife that I know that is going already bought her dress and it is to the floor.

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In my opinion Ball gowns would need to be to the floor - My parents always went to the Navy Ball and every year my mom fussed about having to find another floor length gown.
The dress you picked at JCrew is really nice, but seems like more of a cocktail dress to me. J Crew sells the Sophia which comes in a long style...
you could dress it up with a fancy brouche and a pashmina and cheap bling shoes. I almost bought this dress for a black tie wedding we have to go to, but ultimately I didn't want black and don't really look all the great in brown. The price is unfortunately about average for gowns right now - but hey, people seem to list them on e-bay with success.
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Old 01-13-2008, 08:33 AM   #6
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Did someone say 'Ball gown'?!! I'd LOVE to go somewhere and dress up, but we're all different.

Speaking with my seamstress hat on, the gown you've linked to would be classed as a 'Cocktail' dress, Ball Gowns are usual floor length. If you do want something knee length I'd recommend putting a full petticoat underneath to fill it out a bit.

I like the idea of renting a dress, that way the dress get used again and doesn't gather dust in a wardrobe.

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Old 01-13-2008, 10:25 AM   #7
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I'd be all over that ball gown search if I was invited. I love balls and the dresses! I have a few nice gowns, sadly I haven't been to a formal gathering in years though so I doubt they even fit anymore.
Have fun, you'll look great!
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Old 01-13-2008, 10:59 AM   #8
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thanks for your replies, ladies. I knew that the dress I chose from J.Crew probably wasn't dressy enough, but I was hoping that I was wrong.
I just don't like long dresses. On me, that is.
Anyway, my cousin and I are going to Macy's and Nordstrom's today to look for the dreaded ball gown.
I'll keep y'all posted.

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I think now a days you have the freedom to do pretty much what ever you want when it comes to "formal". Unless it's an affair of State a dressy short dress should be acceptable at most "black tie" events.

If I didn't like long dresses and didn't think I'd wear it again, I wouldn't buy one!!! I think the dress you selected from JCrew is lovely, paired with a drop dead pair of shoes and the right jewlry I'd call you "ball ready".
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I have two formal dresses sitting in my wardrobe for ten years that were worn once. I didn't want to throw them out, but its very expensive to buy a dress you'll only wear once! I would look on e-bay, I've seen some bargains on there, or else hire it - you don't have to like it if you can give it back!
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