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5 Tips To Ball Season in Vienna

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The ball season in Vienna starts officially November 11th and ends up on Mardi-Gras.  January is the pick of the season.  

Balls are big business for Austria. Think about everything related to it: tickets, gowns, smokings, makeup, hairstyle, jewelry, taxi, dance lessons…the happiest season of the year generates impressive numbers for the economy. And the Opera ball is the only day in which the Vienna Opera makes a profit. In total, 1000 balls are held across the country and 2,5 million people attending them. So you have an idea of how important it is for the Austrian market.

The best way to enjoy the magic of the balls is to stick to the traditions.

1 – Black Patent Leather Pumps & Leather Strap Watches

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The patent pump with a bow is the correct shoe to wear with  white tie and tails or black tie and smoking – you can also wear patent leather lace shoes…but that’s it, nothing else…wrong shoes can ruin your outfit.  Leather strap watches instead of steel  for black tie and smoking, and NEVER wear a wristwatch with white tie and tails, only pocket watches.

2- Be Creative On Hairstyle And Simple On Makeup

5-tips-ball-season-vienna 2Braids, ballerina-bun, romantic waves, super slick ponytails, hair clips…remember Sisi,  is loved also for her hairstyle. She had long hair, sometimes styled with diamond stars – still available at A.E. Köchert Jewelry – if you want an imperial appearance. With your makeup, better go natural, the beige trend is your friend. In this case less is more. Too much makeup is the opposite of elegance – click here for more beauty inspiration

3- Be Careful With Polyester Dresses

5-tips-ball-season-vienna 3Budget is always a problem, but some polyester fabrics, especially the ones imitating satin or silk are the worst. Stay away from them, please…always.  The best option is Chiffon or Crepe dresses, lightweight sheer fabric, with a nice balance, best suitable for a ball and dancing. Check these dresses on net-a-porter, for about  €200 to €300 – and they are gorgeous.

4- Real Jewelry or Costume Jewelry?

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Both are correct. But if you choose costume jewelry, don’t pretend it’s real. Go for a fun and extravagant look, which being exaggerated makes for a statement. I love costume jewelry so much that I collect it. It’s wrong to think that is a cheap version of real jewelry, it’s totally another category. Have a look at Lanvin and Yves Saint Laurent, they have wonderful pieces. Here on Mytheresa.com we found  Dolce & Gabanna Earrings and a Lanvin necklace.

5- After Ball Menu


You danced the whole night, drank more than you ate, so you need a traditional after ball menu. Take your stole, your clutch and walk firmly to a ‘Würstelstand’. My suggestion is a Käserkrainer with Pfefferoni and Mischbrot; the level of fat will bring you back to life like a defibrillator.

Bitzinger’s  stand at Albertina, Albertinaplatz, 1010, Wien -opened until 4am

Even better, Würstelstand Am Schottentor, Schottengasse 6, 1010, Wien – opened 24 hours

Have Fun!

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