What to Wear: Opening Ball

Opening Ball is a rite of passage at the beginning of each academic year. Whether you are dipping your toe into the St. Andrews Ball scene for the first time, or just reacquainting yourself with it. Much debate raged amongst my friends over the short to long dress debate for Opening Ball. Personally, I was in favour of the short dress, though the pressure is on at this event to impress in a way that only a long dress can. It’s a tricky dilemma; here is a run down of the three options to let you make up your own mind.
The Mini

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The mini is the most playful option, if you’re planning to tear up the dance floor all night long, I’d advise avoiding the ribbed hems and breaking out those legs in a mini. Pick a dress in a bold colour, indulging the 80’s metallic trend with a satin finish and silver barely-there shoes. Don’t forget to indulge your inner child with a fun logo purse, in a basic clutch portfolio shape: they’re shockingly easy to pull off.
The Midi

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This is a slightly more sophisticated and ethereal affair. This floaty silver number will have you wanting to prance about like a fairy, as you shimmer in the Opening Ball fairy lights. The midi was made for high shoes. Platforms are the most practical option to tackle the terrain of a ball; that block heel will be your best friend when you tackle those darn St. Andrews cobbles.
The Long

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When picking a long dress its so easy to fall into bridesmaid territory. Steer far clear of this with an edgy design on a column dress; who said a long dress had to be princessey? Balance the strong design with clean cut accessories: a geometric necklace will be the perfect contrast to those swirls while the oversized clutch will provide ample room for those sneaky flats you smuggled in for the end of the night.
There you are, the three dresses, now it’s up to you to choose which dress team you’ll be playing for on the night.