Welcome to spring time! It is the beginning of ball season across the services, and the time when many spouses take to the stores to start finding the perfect dress.
While the military balls can be fun and exciting time to get all dressed up and to celebrate our military, there is some proper dressing etiquette that you need to know!
Make sure you Dress Appropriately. This one cannot be stressed enough!
The general rule is the shorter the tie the longer the dress. Another rule to remember is that your service member’s dress uniform is the equivalent to a civilian tuxedo. Whatever you decide to wear, make sure it’s something you’d be comfortable wearing next to him in a tux.
While we are talking about appropriate attire, the length of the dress is not the only thing that matters. Your spouses ball is not the time or place to wear that prom dress that your dad wouldn’t let you wear in high school or to wear something scandalous.
Ladies, lingerie is not formal attire, the dress that requires tape or adhesive spray is a no go, the dress that you can’t wear proper undergarments in is a no go, and the summer maxi dress from Kohl’s is also a no go. Trust me, I’ve seen it all!
The Military Ball is the place to be elegant, to celebrate your service member, and his unit. It is not the place to become the new gossip story of “did you see that girl in the yellow dress there?!”
Don’t break your bank when shopping for a dress either! Check out Operation Deploy Your Dress to find a chapter near you! Each ID card holder can get one free dress each calendar year! Each location has hundreds to thousands of dresses in every size and style you could imagine, and inventory is constantly changing as new dresses are donated every week!
If there isn’t an Operation Deploy Your Dress near you, host a dress swap in your home and invite your girlfriends! Everyone brings a dress and everyone goes home with a new one! It’s a great way to get something new without hurting your pocket book!
Have fun with your service member at their ball! Just remember to be classy, not trashy!
Written by: Megan Harless of Stars and Stripes Doulas of Hampton Roads