So now that the year has officially begun, we must talk about something vital: we’re reaching the peak of Vienna’s Ball Season.
The Austrian capital celebrates Carnival like no other, with more than 450 exuberant balls happening in various locations between November and March every year.
The most famous balls
Some of the most sought after events are the Vienna Red Cross Ball in November at the City Hall, the New Year’s Ball at the fabulous Hofburg and the Vienna Philarmonic Ball on the 23rd January at the Musikverein. And of course, the famous Opera Ball on the 20th of February, when Vienna is flooded by celebrities from all over the world to waltz in the grand settings of Vienna’s Opera.
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The most fun ball
One of the most fun balls is the Jägerball; the hunter’s ball, that will happen this year n the 27th January. You must wear the traditional Austrian attire to this ball; Evening Dirdln for women and Jagdanzug (hunters wear) for men. It is a must for the younger ones, to stay up all night dancing and then, to have breakfast at one of the traditional coffee places like Landtmann or Schwarzenberg Café, which will be open at the wee hours especially for the merry ball-goers. My daughter and her friends find it very fun to go from the ball and breakfast straight to school, wearing their beautiful Trachten. Although her school has a strict school uniform rule, the day after the Jägerbal, students are allowed to come to class in their ball dresses. Only in Vienna.
The dress code
But the Ball Season is not only about dancing and sipping champagne in magical settings; it is also about looking absolutely fabulous! Don’t ignore the dress code on your invitation; it is crucial that you have the right party dress. You will be expected to wear long ball gowns, but please, stay clear of the Disney Princess looks. Keep scrolling down for our dress suggestions.
Remember that each gown asks for a particular type of jewellery, for instance, if you go for a full gown embellished with crystals or sequins, pair it with discreet jewels. Still, if you prefer a column dress or a straight maxi-dress, you can dress up your look with some bold jewellery. But be careful not to look like a Christmas tree, when wearing statement earrings, do not wear a necklace or wear a delicate one, and vice-versa. The same advice goes for rings and bracelets. Find some fantastic necklaces to complete your evening look in the article Statement necklaces are back for Christmas.
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