Thursday, September 2, 2010

Dress Me!

Since I'm a planner and I enjoy thinking ahead, I've been looking at dresses for our upcoming battalion ball. I have no idea when it will be. My guess is early/late spring. I wanted to get a jumpstart on looking though instead of waiting until the last minute.

Ideally I want something that's slightly Grecian looking, sort of a toga type dress. Similiar to this:



or this:



I really like the first one, but it only comes in white. I'm not sure how appropriate white dresses are at a battalion ball. Your thoughts? Don't be afraid to say what you really think.

I also love this, but it's a bit pricey and maybe a tad too dramatic.



19 comments:

Skinnie Piggie said...

At the Marine Corps Balls there are always women wearing white. I think you'd be fine wearing the first dress!

Meg said...

I don't know about "proper" etiquette, but I bought this dress for my upcoming civil ceremony, and I sure as heck plan on wearing it to one or more balls in the future! It's kinda-sorta Grecian.

http://lovehonorandcherish.blogspot.com/2008/02/ebay-finds-j-crew-long-sophia-wedding.html

For me, proper fit and a certain "class" factor count for much more than color does. I love the dresses you've picked out so far!

ALW said...

I love them all! I really like the turquoise one the best though!

This is just personal preference, but I'm not a fan of white dresses on women unless it's their wedding dress. :)

Jenn said...

I love dress number 2 but in something like navy would be to die for.

Natalia said...

Love the white one! The Grecian look is my favorite. I can't wait for the Old Guard Ball next year!!

Natalie said...

I love the first one! I have no clue if white is appropriate for your event but that dress is gorgeous.

Amanda said...

Hey Melissa, the ball is January! I love the style you are going for!

ThatArmyWife said...

I'm another one that goes with something that fits and flatters you (and is not trashy revealing) will be appropriate. A white dress at a winter ball is totally ok. I agree that the second dress in navy would be stunning.

Lisa said...

This is the dress I got for last year's ball. http://4.bp.blogspot.com/_7nUmbs_RHgs/Sq59VmSh6QI/AAAAAAAABA8/qXvGs5OPg9c/s1600-h/dress+front.jpg and I will probably wear it again this year. I loved it.

It's made by Adrianna Papell, and here's a new one of hers this year that's similar. http://www1.macys.com/catalog/product/index.ognc?ID=487888&PseudoCat=se-xx-xx-xx.esn_results

Hope that helps!

Rachel said...

I LOVE the white dress....very Kim Kardashian at the Emmys :) I would add a jeweled brooch to the shoulder strap area though.

Paula said...

I love number 2. It looks more fitted and would be very flattering. I too, think it would be fabulous in different colors.

lola said...

I really like #2. I think the reason I lean towards that over #1 is that it looks like it might end up being super baggy under the boobs. I know that style looks awful on me, so I think I've just made myself averse to it. [This obviously, is not commentary as to how I think it would look on you!]

tootie said...

I love the white one! It looks so classy and Hollywood. :)

Crazy Shenanigans said...

I love the first two but I think the 3rd one is more like a red carpet dress for sure. If you don't want the first one in white maybe you can get it dyed?

♥Miss Brittney♥ said...

I love the last two!! You would look great in either one! :)

All the Small Things said...

I love the third dress!! Is it bad to wear a short dress to one of those balls? I wore a short dress to my first Officer's ball and thought I was dressed appropriate. I was planning on wearing a short one again, but your post has be a little worried.

Angela Noelle said...

My vote is for the second one--the teal. Gorgeous!

RizontheRhine said...

I LOVE the white dress. I don't think there's anything against wearing white...Also, not sure how it is in England, but in Germany we can take a picture to the local alterations shop and they can typically make what you want. Just a thought.

Jessica @ Acting Adult said...

I love that blue dress. Gorgeous!