Personal Shopper: Military Ball Gown for Janessa

Janessa T. wrote, "I have met an amazing new man...he's invited me to his military ball in December. I am beyond excited (especially at the prospect of seeing him in a tux) but I have *no idea* what to wear as I've never been to one. December seems so far away but those 6 weeks will fly by and I'm having some trouble finding anything great online. I'm 22 so I don't want to look like a teenager going to Prom, but I also don't want to look matronly. I'd also like to keep it under $150, $200 max. Please help me find a sexy dress appropriate for a military ball!"

Congratulations on the new man, Janessa! Here are some options that definitely fall in-between high schooler and mother-of-the-bride. Hopefully something will strike your fancy!

1. Asos Premium Wet Look Maxi Dress ($127)
2. Holding Court Dress ($123)
3. Lauren by Ralph Lauren Dana Dress With Ruffles ($160)
4. JS Collection Beaded Waist Gown ($198)
5. Monique Lhuillier Fringe Trim Chiffon Gown ($198)

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Posted on 10.28.10 at 9:42 AM

Hi Outblush! I have a small tip for Janessa! You guys have picked out wonderful dresses as always, but I thought Janessa might like to know that her new beau will most likely not be wearing a tux...but will be wearing whatever his dress uniform is. Which is different for each branch of the military. This information could be crucial!! When my hubby was a junior enlisted he still wore the green army dress uniform, and certain colors of dresses would have clashed. Now that he wears the blues, I have more options. Anyway, just though this info might be handy for her on her first military ball!! Have fun!!!


Posted on 10.28.10 at 12:35 PM

Please pick #1, it's so gorgeous! But beware with ordering with ASOS, you should choose the guaranteed delivery option (which is $12), or else it would probably never get to you!


Posted on 10.28.10 at 1:39 PM

Not nearly hoochie enough. Those military balls are cleavage city but strangely, the young ladies just look really pretty instead of slutty like you might think. If you have the bod, I recommend lower-cut and tighter. Remember, he wants to show you off a little...


Posted on 10.28.10 at 10:32 PM don't want to be the "hoochie" that us senior wives look at and roll our eyes. You want his chain of command to look at you as an extension of him and his army career. If you want them to think he is not serious, then by all means, show up in a low cut, tight ass hoochie dress. Or play it safe, and look like a lady!! He will want to show you off just as much if you look like a million bucks, not a ten dollar hooker.


Posted on 10.29.10 at 7:18 AM

Oooooh a military ball! Have fun! #5 is gorgeous


Posted on 10.29.10 at 6:52 PM

Rebecca, thank you for the advice! Yes I definitely don't want to look hoochie. I want to be sexy but in a sophisticated way. I really like #4. And strangely, he told me they aren't wearing uniforms but are wearing tuxes. I will update when I pick!


Posted on 10.30.10 at 12:33 AM

I'm so glad I could help Janessa! And now that you know he is wearing a tux you definitely have more options. Number 4 is beautiful and understated sexyness, so good choice!! Pick some fun colorful accessories to make it your own! Have a great time, military balls are so much fun!!!

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