What to wear: Opening Ball

Get ready for Opening Ball with this handy guide on what to wear to one of the first big events on the St Andrews social calender.
opening ball dresses


Opening Ball is back and as the first black tie event of the year, it’s time to dust off your favourite LBD or treat yourself and splash out on a new one. Floor length isn’t necessary but it’s definitely one of the events here where it’s more than acceptable. If you are recycling a dress you’ve worn to an event before, accessories and shoes are the way to go. The dresses above are all very simple, yet still eye catching and dressed up with the right accessories they all would have the potential to look very black tie.
opening ball shoes


The stiletto is the absolute classic for black tie. Try a coloured shoe to jazz up a dress or if you prefer keeping it simple with a black heel, metallic touches can make for an eye catching and on trend look. However, the stiletto is probably the most difficult heel to walk in and you fancy something easier then the platform is always a good option. The chunkier the better this season, and again using texture or colour in your shoes is a great way to enhance your overall look.Finally, the hybrid of the two seems to be the stiletto sandal and I think they’re my favourite for AW14. They give you the elegance of the stiletto but are a bit easier to walk. Regardless of your shoes for opening ball, wear them confidently and don’t be afraid to try something new on your feet as this is often the best place to start!
opening ball jewellery


Accessorising an old dress is a brilliant way to create a whole new look and what better way to do that than with sparkly jewellery. Think statement necklaces and ring stacks. And if you’re going for an up-do, try big eye-catching. Whether you choose silver or gold, definitely stick to one or the other. For opening ball, the more sparkly, the better so think precious stones and shiny metallics.