What to Wear: Masquerade Ball

It’s hard to obtain a little anonymity in St. Andrews, too many times I have been drunk shamed after a night out. However, finally ball goers are getting the chance to get up to a little shame free mischief and mayhem in our little bubble, at the Masquerade Ball!

Women, Masquerade Ball, What to Wear


I’m certain I’m not the only one who spent their childhood dreaming of swanning about a ballroom at a Venetian masked ball, and I’m not about to let this dream go. This event begs for a dress with a bit of drama, preferably long and decadently embellished. Keep those shoes high and elegant, a barely there silver pair will have you feeling like Hilary Duff in a Cinderella Story in no time. Though maybe use a classy black clutch to store you’re phone, rather than a shoe strap.

mens Masquerade Ball, What to Wear


Boys, you may just be dusting of your standard bow tie and suit, but don’t waste this opportunity to try something a little different. Play with different patterned bow ties, why not even match it to you’re mask? This may not be a fancy dress ball, but that doesn’t mean you can’t try out a new character for the night. For those who feel like channelling a Casanova vibe (he nailed the venetian mask scene) give a velvet jacket a whirl, the girls will come to stroke the jacket, and hopefully stay for your wit and charm (no guarantees).

make up, masquerade ball


Make up is a tricky one when masks get involved. I’d suggest keeping it toned down and let the mask do the talking. If you opt for the netted mask à la Kirsten Dunst in Marie Antoinette, play with a bright lip to add a pop of colour. If wearing a mask for the entire night sounds like too much for you, I’m obsessed with these lacy face flash tattoos, add a pair of paper lashes for the truly brave.

Complete the look with the demeanour of a fairy tale character, though thank your lucky stars you won’t have to be home by midnight.