Question for any military spouses…

posted 3 years ago in Military
Post # 3
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951 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@futuremrskmm:  I wore red – blackless red at that.  Mr. S loved it and trust me – you’d be surprised at the dresses some women will wear… ugh.  Not classy.  I will see if I can find a picture of mine for you.

ETA: here you go… Mr. S actually said red would work because it was a color for his unit’s logo.  Just depends.  You can go classy with red.  Just be prepared for the awkward prom pose. 😉

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@futuremrskmm:  Officers’ wives will be more conservative for sure.  But trust me in that there are women who attend that don’t seem to realize what is trashy and borderline disrespectful.  If I had bought a dress like some of their’s, no way would Mr. S have walked me in there and introduced me to his superior officers.  NO WAY.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

@futuremrskmm:  Haha, yeah, finding one that’s a decent price is tricky.  There is no actual dress code for the spouses, so if you want to go strapless, go strapless.  Just do it classy.  🙂  You’ll have fun!

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Strapless is okay, in my experience. Just be prepared that there will other people more covered than you are. If you’re going to be self concious of it, chose another dress. If you can wear it confidently it shouldn’t be a problem as long as you’re not showing too much cleavage. If it looks like you might have a wardrobe malfunction go with another dress.

At the Seabee Ball I was at most recently I chose a dress with a lace/keyhole top to it so that I got some coverage without feeling completely covered up.

Google “military balls” and take a look at the images that pop up. Some might be ridiculous, but it may give you an idea what things truly look like there. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

This is the first dress I wore to an Army ball. I’ve seen just about every color, pattern, and cut of dress imaginable. You’d be surprised at how crazy some of the women get with their dresses. Don’t wear something you’d be embarassed to show your grandmother and walk with confidence in your choice. If your SO thinks it’s appropriate, then it probably is.

Post # 10
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Worker bee

I wore a conservative black, beaded cocktail dress (knee length) and still felt more appropriately dressed than some of the dates some of the soldiers brought. Try to stay away from prom dresses. RTR has a ton of beautiful dresses and many of the reviews will be from women who attended military formals. If I were to do it all over again, I would have used RTR.

I think the dresses you have picked out are appropriate. I would stick with sheath style dresses (I’ve seen ladies with small trains and ball gown style dresses.. kind of odd) and just find something that would fit your style or suit your body. 

Post # 12
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Worker bee

@futuremrskmm:  Don’t forget to use their first-time customer discount. I ended up renting 2 dresses from them for my engagement shoot. Honestly, RTR failed me a little bit but everything worked out in the end. Bless the UPS man who made the delivery at 10PM Friday night! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I love the first one you posted. If you’re worried about modesty, how about a shawl to drape over your shoulders? A cream colored one would go nicely.

Yeah, some of the officers’ wives are old bats who will be dressed like it’s a funeral, but that first dress you posted will look a lot classier than many of the dresses I saw at the Navy ball. It doesn’t have to be a floor-length gown. I rocked a lilac tea-lenth dress. It was a little bit bridesmaidy, but whatevs. I thought I looked pretty in it.

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