Post # 1
So my Fiance has been in the Army for 20 years. At the end of the month we are going to a military ball where he will be honored for his service. So I didnt have a dress and we went shopping. I tried on a red dress with ruffles and rosettes and he said it looked like a rose garden threw up on me and so that dress went out the door. Truth is I wasnt happy with it either. Next I tried on a gown that was similar to the one Im posting except it was a chocolate brown shimmery material. I liked it but he said I would look like everyone else and he wanted me to look different. So this is the dress we settled on. It looks pink but its really coral colored and comes with a nice wrap.
Part of me loves the dress but the other part of me thinks that people are going to be looking at me like Im nuts since its not blue, black, or something understated. I dont want to seem out of place and I guess he thinks since he is being honored for his service that I should look different from everyone else.
Opinions needed on what everyone thinks?
Post # 4
I’ve never been to a ball, but I would be worried about the A-line in pink being a little much. Kind of prom-y? Can we see it on?
If you’re comfortable, rock it, but I think you could look a bit out of place.
Post # 5
Looks like a prom dress to me, sorry. I would not wear that to a miltary ball.
Post # 6
Yes is very prom dress-y. Since you said your husband has been in the military for 20 years I’m assuming you’re not 18 years old and to me that dress looks like something a teenager would wear.
Post # 7
I am making a large assumption here, but, because your Fiance has been in service for 20 years (thank you to him!!!!) I would assume you are not in your teens or early 20s. That being said, I think this dress is very young and promish. I’m sorry! Just want to be honest.
I think you can wear any color, maybe just a little more mature. I pulled some pics from Renttherunway.com, a great option for this time of event!
Post # 8
@tampabride1006: Love these dresses tampabride1006 posted and think these (or similar) would be better options.
Post # 9
I’m in agreement with PP. I’ve never personally been to a military ball and age or not, the dress looks like it would be for prom. I don’t know if that’s normal for a ball or not. I don’t think it has anything to do with the color, you can wear whatever color you want, I’m sure! I’m also sure there are other dresses that would stand out that wouldn’t look like a prom dress.
Is there a budget in mind? Maybe we can suggest some dress alternatives if you give us details of budget and what you’re looking for?
Post # 10
This is me in the dress…mind you it hasnt been altered so the hem is a bit long
Post # 11
Sorry still looks like a prom dress to me, I would try to find something like the PP posted for dresses
Post # 12
I like the dresses that she posted however a military ball is exactly that its a ball and everyone wears ballgown style dresses. I asked the FRG group who has done these things and they even sent me photos.
I really liked the chocolate one but he said no because everyone wears the standard all the time. My best friend is also going as her husband and my Fiance are best friends and coworkers and she is wearing hot pink as well.
Post # 13
My husband is in the Navy, and we went to the submarine ball a few months ago (so a bit different, but I think the same general idea). I wore a long black gown because I was worried about “matching” his dress blues and thought I should wear a darker color for formality purposes…
Most every other female there showed up in brightly colored, festive dresses!! No joke. It looked like an adult prom. Your dress is not an inappropriate length (ie. too short), and it doesn’t look too low cut, so I think it could work…it just depends on your FI’s rank. We were at a ball for enlisted, so there were many younger women and men there. It seems that those in their late 20’s and up chose more conservative gowns, as did ones with higher ranking spouses. Maybe ask the partner of someone the same rank as your Fiance what they’d suggest? Different military balls have different formality levels depending on the occasion.
Post # 14
The couple military balls I have been to there were a wide range of dresses, including the type you posted..to me it looks too promy..I don’t know if it’s the poof or what..for reference I wore these two dresses.
Post # 16
First off I will say you look GORGEOUS in that color and the cut is great! BUUUUT I don’t think it’s that appropriate for a military ball. I’d wear something with a little less poof to it. The color and detailing is gorgeous.. but the skirt is what bothers me. I’ve seen some of the wives wear stuff that is similar and honestly being on the other side (every command I was in had the women wear their dress uniforms so no dresses for me!) it will look out of place and a bit rediculous for a military ball.
I do think you can ABSOLUTELY wear that color though!