You have been invited to a Mardi Gras Ball, but what do you wear? Well, that often depends on if there is a theme for the ball you are attending. Popular themes might be Shakespeare-inspired attire or a masquerade ball.
If there isn’t a theme for the ball, formal attire is still necessary. For men, a black tuxedo will do perfectly, preferably with tails. Women have more options for choosing an evening gown, but it’s usually best to wear a long dress. Make sure your gown isn’t too revealing, and it also must be comfortable so you can dance the night away. Try and pick a gown in one of the traditional colors of Mardi Gras, something in purple, green or gold. Since you are going to be dancing most of the evening, it’s also important to stick with comfortable shoes. Women should still wear heels and men should make sure their dress shoes are properly shined. Remember that your costume should reflect the spirit and spontaneity of Mardi Gras.
Now, that you’ve found your dress or tux, it’s time to add some flair to your outfit. Some choose to add simple jewelry or cuff links to accessorize their outfits, but it’s Mardi Gras, so why not have some fun with your accessories? Of course, one of the most famous Mardi Gras accessories are beads. Since beads are available in all colors and styles, you can match your beads to the theme of the ball you are attending.
Drape a few strands over your tux or dress, layering the traditional colors of Mardi Gras. Are you going to a masquerade ball? A mask will add an element of mystery to your costume, and there are many styles that will complement any outfit. A feathered mask with sequins adds some flash and drama, and can either be tied behind your head or traditionally carried on a wand. Perhaps you are brave enough to try a fancier mask, or even a headdress. Ornate and elaborate Italian Venetian masks and headdresses adorned with crystals, gold or silver are beautiful and unique ways to finish off your Mardi Gras ball costume.