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Military Ball Gowns: What To Wear In 2013

BY ADRIAN LEIGHTON

Which Military Ball Gowns Should You Be Wearing In 2013?

choosing military ball gowns

 Military ball season is an exciting time as all of the military branches hosts balls that spouses can attend. It's exciting to get together with like-minded friends, comrades, and communities, but many a military wife or partner feels nervous when it comes to choosing military ball gowns.

You are representing your partner who's in the forces, so the gown you wear takes on special significance. Basically, you want to look your best for them, and yourself.

You'll be greeted, have dinner, toasting, and finally dancing. It's a fun, but busy celebration, so an appropriate and comfortable ball gown is key.

Tips When Choosing Military Ball Gowns

Military ball gowns are basically black tie event dresses, and many consider them to be similar to prom dresses too (although some prom styles can be pretty 'poofy' and wild, which is not what you want). The keyword is formal. Here are some tips to help you better understand the do's and don't when choosing military ball gowns:
  • Military ball gowns are often long, or even with a short train. However they can be knee-length (like a cocktail dresses) depending on the style.
  • Very bright colors are not advised. It's a formal occasion, and although guests can wear any color, something too bright isn't befitting the event.
  • Highly decorative gowns, such as those with lots of crystals, sequins, or heavy patterns, are to be avoided. Some sparkle is OK, but it's always better to choose something a little more sedate if in doubt.
  • Think, "Pretty and elegant," Not, "Hot and sexy."
  • Long gloves may be worn if that's something that you'd like as part of your outfit.
[caption id="attachment_6734" align="aligncenter" width="300"]military ball gowns As you can see here, military ball gowns are pretty, but not too wild.[/caption]
Let's look at some appropriate styles that you can choose as military ball gowns based on 2013's trends. 

Glitter Tulle Cross Sequin Waist Deep V-Neck Evening Dress

Style Code: 11450 | $208

Glitter Tulle Cross Sequin Waist Deep V-Neck Evening Dress Style Code: 11450 $208This beautiful military ball gown features a sheer layer in the skirt which is so stylish when paired with the sequins and darker color below. The V neckline also opens up many options when it comes to wearing a beautiful necklace too.

Asymmetric Capped Sleeves Beading Floor-length Quick Delivery Dress

Style Code: 11449 | $129

Asymmetric Capped Sleeves Beading Floor-length Quick Delivery Dress  Style Code: 11449 | $129Love the beautiful red color of this gown, and the unusual asymmetrical capped sleeves are pretty. It's also a great price for a silk and satin gown!

Ruched Low Cut V Neck Formal Dress

Style Code: 08695 | $108

Ruched Low Cut V Neck Formal Dress  Style Code: 08695 | $108Emerald green is such an important color in 2013 that it makes this gown irresistible!

Straps Beading Sleeveless Floor-length Black Tie Event

Style Code: 01138 | $134

Straps Beading Sleeveless Floor-length Black Tie Event  Style Code: 01138 | $134A high neckline has so much poise, it's a lovely option for those of us attending very formal events like a military ball. Gold and white looks great too!

Red A-line V-neck Floor-length Mother of The Bride Dress

Style Code: 06040 | $119

Red A-line V-neck Floor-length Mother of The Bride Dress  Style Code: 06040 | $119If you're looking for a gown with sleeves then this style will give you the coverage you need for your arms, and the half sleeves also have an air of elegance that'd be perfect at a military ball.

These are just a taste of our range of military ball gowns, and remember that our gowns are available in many different colors (can be chosen on each dress page in our store), in a US2 to 28 as standard, or can be made-to-measure. Just click on the dress you like to go to its page :)

Your Turn...

Have you been to a military ball before? What kind of ball gown did you wear? What kinds of styles do you think make good military ball gowns? Let us know by leaving a comment!

Learn more: Quality Ball Dresses and Fabric Swatches Sample From Outerinner.

Pre Summer Dress Sale! Save Up To 30% OFF! Ends May 18th!

BY ADRIAN LEIGHTON

Be Summer Ready With OuterInner’s Epic Dress Sale! Up To 30% OFF!

It’s finally here! OuterInner.com don’t often have BIG sales, but when we do they’re epic! Let’s look at our latest 2013 Pre Summer Dress Sale and what’s on offer with up to 30% OFF here!

OuterInner.com 2013 pre summer dress sale

Our goal is for you to get a new look for less in time for summer 2013! This applies to brides, bridesmaids, or just those of you looking for a new party dress! We have also reduced our sexy lingerie, shoes, bikinis, and costume jewelry! Click below to go straight through to the Pre Summer Dress Sale and remember to act fast, as it ends on May 18th 2013!

Pre summer dress sale ends may 18th!

"Why Is This Dress Sale Good For Me?"

As I mentioned, there are occasions dresses and accessories of all kinds on sale. So if you were thinking of buying a dress from OuterInner and were waiting for the right time, then this is quite possibly it as you’ll be saving an extra 30%! Our dresses are already super cheap, and this is your chance to pick them up at rock-bottom prices! Not bad considering that most of our occasions dresses are available in a US2 to 28, many colors, and can even be ‘made-to-measure’ for an extra $16!

Let's Look At Some Examples Of Dresses & Items On Sale

I'll pick out a few nice styles so you can see how good these savings are!

Chiffon One Shoulder Ruched Destination Wedding Dress (Style: 11074 / $89.60)

[caption id="attachment_6006" align="aligncenter" width="300"]chiffon one shoulder wedding dress 11074 This beautiful wedding dress is an unbelievable $89.60! It's so light, and is therefore great for summer brides![/caption]

Long Ruffles Sweetheart Sleeveless Bridesmaid Dress (Style: 02924 / $58.65)

[caption id="attachment_6007" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Long Ruffles Sweetheart Sleeveless Bridesmaid Dress 02924 A popular and pretty bridesmaid dress style that you can match with your wedding colors by choosing a different color for dress and belt. Just $58.65![/caption]

Jungle Pattern Triangle Top Neck Tie Bikini Set (Style: 11576 / $19.99)

[caption id="attachment_6008" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Jungle Pattern Triangle Top Neck Tie Bikini Set Style Code: 11576 Fun, pretty, and great for your vacation! Pick up this bikini for just $19.99! It would make a great small addition to your dress order![/caption]

Illusion One Shoulder Cocktail Dress with Sequin Detail (Style: 09521 / $73.60)

[caption id="attachment_6009" align="aligncenter" width="195"]Illusion One Shoulder Cocktail Dress with Sequin Detail Style Code: 09521 This cute little black cocktail dress has an illusion style sheer overlay, and a matching gold belt. Down to just $73.60![/caption]

Pleated Jewelry Peep Toe Flat (Style: 08270 / $71.40)

[caption id="attachment_6010" align="aligncenter" width="300"]Pleated Jewelry Peep Toe Flat Style Code: 08270 Flats are just ideal for summer, and these pleated ivory ones would suit both brides, or those of us wearing a lovely summer dress! Just $71.40![/caption] Which of these styles do you like? Remember that this is just the tip of the iceberg, and you can see everything that's on sale by going to our 2013 Pre Summer Dress Sale here :-)

Click here to see more Wedding Accessories With Earrings and OuterInner Bridesmaid Dresses Collection

8 Tips To Find A Perfect Wedding Guest Dress

You hear the sound of a letter falling to the mat and go pick it up. Your friend has invited you to her wedding! But what are you going to wear?
wedding invitation
There is usually a dress code for most formal weddings, so they're likely to either go from the very formal black tie all the way through to smart casual. This is helpful as it at least gives you a starting point. However for smaller, more casual weddings we have to fend for ourselves! So if you're confused as to what you need to wear then read on as we're going to offer you 8 tips on what to wear at that wedding:  

8 tips on what to wear

You will need to pick out an outfit that's smart, but comfy. Here's 8 tips that we at OuterInner.com think you should follow when getting ready for a wedding:

1. "I Want To Wear A dress"

If you'd rather wear a dress to the wedding then it's better to choose something fairly plain as you don't want to upstage the bride. Of course, it's wise to avoid white, tight and overly 'loud' or sparkly dresses. You could wear a cocktail dress if the wedding is outdoors and during the day, as these tend to be more casual and so a short skirt is best. Formal weddings will mean that you need to wear an evening gown with a long skirt, but that's fun as you can pretend you're on the red carpet!  

2. "I Hate Dresses, Are There Any Other Options?"

The pantsuit is your friend here and actually you can still look feminine with a pretty, ruffled blouse and short jacket. As with dresses it's better to avoid white, so perhaps neutral colors would be best, but not dark colors like navy blue as it isn't a funeral!  

3. "Which Shoes Are Suitable For A Wedding?"

Remember that you're not at the wedding to make an impact and in fact weddings can be very hard work with a lot of standing around and waiting, so your killer heels could be just that! Consider shoes with lower heels, wedges or even flats unless you're 100% certain that your heels aren't going to trouble you!  

4."Be Careful To Be In The Right Colors"

As I mentioned you need to AVOID WHITE, as this is a major faux pas! If you're at a day wedding then try some light neutral colors like pastel blue, yellow, pink or sand and champagne. Night time weddings lend themselves more to darker colors like reds, oranges, dark greens etc. If you like you can choose something with a print or pattern, but don't overdo it as it's important not to draw the eye from the bride.  

5. "How Should I Do My Makeup?"

Your makeup will also be bound by the same color and brightness rules that affect your dress. A daytime wedding will suit light makeup, whereas in an evening wedding that's a bit more formal you can wear slightly heavier and darker makeup.  

6. "Do I Need A Handbag?"

I think at a wedding a small handbag or clutch is better, with just enough room for your camera, makeup and maybe phone (turn it on to silent though). After all, you don't want to be lugging a big handbag about when you're busy trying to take or pose in pictures, mingle or attack the buffet.  

7. "What Kind Of Jewelry Should I Wear?"

Sure, why not? But bear in mind the dress code (if there is one). In the same way that you don't want to overdo the decoration on dresses you also shouldn't turn up dripping in jewelry! However, if the wedding is fairly informal you can probably safely wear your usual fun 'going out' bling.  

8. "Do I Need Any Extra Accessories?"

I think it's inconvenient to be carrying too much at a wedding as I mentioned earlier, but there are certain occasions where something like an umbrella or sunhat would be useful (such as an outdoor wedding). If it's going to be cold, like in Winter, then a shawl or shrug will help you to keep warm in a draughty church.   The main thing is to enjoy the wedding, so your own comfort should be paramount as it's far from a fashion-show where you should really show yourself off; that's the bride's job. Regardless of whether you're following a dress code or not, put our 8 tips to work for you and go browse our range of formal dresses and cocktail dresses to find a lovely, comfortable dress to wear on the big day! Do you have any tips for what to wear at weddings? What's your wedding essential? Share your advice as a comment below please!
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