I've noticed lately at least here at Polk that a ton of military balls have been happening, spouses have been asking for advice on what is appropriate to wear and it's interesting to see some of the responses that they get.
When I attended my first ball with Kyle I was lucky enough to have a good friend help me. She gave me some of the best advice which was, "be comfortable in your own skin." That really stuck with me and I still follow that advice. Now there are those that say to not wear a short dress or don't wear strapless. I have done both and everything else in between. For the longest time I would do my best to avoid dresses that showed my tattoos however now I don't worry about that, if someone is going to judge me based on that than I don't want to know them.
We attended our 8th ball in December and I've noticed that as I have gotten older my style has certainly changed. I have to remember that I do represent Kyle but that does not mean I have to wear something that doesn't fit who I am as well. You also don't have to break the bank, some of my dresses I got on the clearance rack, one I already had from a wedding I was in, and I even rented.
May 2009 July 2009
December 2009 December 2010
February 2011 May 2012
February 2014 December 2015
I have had friends have meltdowns because they were so nervous about what to wear. Yes, there is proper etiquette and yes there are those who push the envelope but I have yet to run into someone who has gone way too far.
I am not sure when our next ball will be but I'm already looking forward to it.
Have you ever attended a military ball?