Typically for a military ball the dress is floor length. However, some choose to wear a shorter dress, and that is OK, but this is not a cocktail event, so keep the dress a respectable length. Do the finger check - if you extend your hand down by your side and you touch skin, it might be too revealing. Think of your military date in his formal uniform for a military ball as being like a civilian in a tux for a formal event for a military ball.
If you keep three levels in mind, you'll probably be safe - nothing too low, too high, or missing too much in the middle or back. Always remember that your date's boss and coworkers will be at the event.
Undergarments are a must! I know I shouldn't have to say this, but I am mentioning this because I can't "un-see" what I've seen over the years.
Formal gowns are rarely the same size as your street clothes. So pick the dress that fits you well and don't go by the number. You don't have to get you hair professionally done, but it's fun to pamper yourself once in a while!
Feel free to have fun with your gown's colors, but you'll have lots of pictures to remind you of your choices. A little animal print or bright color can go a long way. A simple black or navy can also be dressed up if you want. But don't be afraid of red, greens, yellows, and even prints and "sparkles". If you can work the color go for it!
There is no rule stating that you have to have a new dress every ball. The same people won't be there and your date wears his uniform every time! Rotate the ones you have, share with friends, shop the sales after prom season, and check out lending programs like FRCSC Fairy Godmother Project!
Military balls are a fun way we celebrate our military traditions. It's a memorable evening to honor the soldiers and their spouses who support them. Here at Fort Rucker, it's especially important that we celebrate the new aviators and thank their spouses for supporting them through the long training. So get dressed up and a have a fun evening out!
Your Fairy Godmother Tanya