Army Ball | Cut-Out Gown and Strappy Shoes

As I mentioned on Sunday, I had the good fortune of being invited to the Army Birthday Ball this year! I've never attended a military formal event before so I wasn't quite sure what to wear. Neither my date nor I are servicemen and I had very little experience with dressing for such a setting. Luckily Google knew what I should wear and even equipped me with a few tips on Army Ball etiquette. 
I found this gorgeous gown from Rent the Runway. I didn't want to drop hundreds of dollars on a dress I would only wear once so this seemed to be my best option! My boyfriend complimented me on my dress (though he compliments me on everything I wear anyway). I knew that with the silhouette and the very high slit on the side, this could end up being a disaster for me or a winner. Luckily it was the latter and I even got compliments from people I didn't know!
I had the most fabulous time there - I met Miss USA, the Sergeant Major of the Army, Dan Dailey, the Chief of Staff of the army, General Mark Milley, and the Secretary of the Army, Eric Fanning. Starstruck would be an understatement for how I was feeling that night! 

Thank you so much to Heather, whom I have the pleasure of calling my friend! She graciously extended an invitation to this ball and as I'm sure you can see, I had an amazing time!

Accessories: borrowed clutch (similar here), NARS lipstick in "Cruella," OPI "Beyond the Pale Pink" polish 
Shoes: Forever 21 (similar here)


  1. Dear Deborah,
    No wonder your boyfriend complimented you: I definitely do the same as you look perfect and like a true star! You definitely have chosen the perfect dress for you, the colour and the slits are showing together how beautiful and well shaped you are.
    I see you had really a wonderful time and I think it is a very good idea to rent a robe for such an event.
    Thanks for sharing the adorable pictures and have a very happy week!
    xx Rena

  2. This dress is gorgeous, I'm not surprised you received many compliments! You must have had such a great night. There aren't many opportunities like that, it's great you made the most of it :) and we should always grab an opportunity of wearing a really nice dress haha!

    Julia x
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  3. I love the narrative that went along with this dress. I love clothing with a story. I have actually never heard of the army ball, but it sounds like a wondrously grand affair, also, you look so beautiful--you can definitely tell that you had a lot of fun.

  4. How fancy Deborah :) You look really pretty!


  5. that dress is so hot, i love it! the side slits and silhouette is just perfect~

    xo, Carla

  6. That is a stunning dress on you! I've never been to a military ball, but that gown is definitely ball-worthy :) No wonder you got compliments all night!

    Away From The Blue Blog

  7. This dress is gorgeous, lady! Love you in red!

    Le Stylo Rouge

  8. Oh my gosh you look like a Bond girl!!!! So beautiful!! The dress is stunning, and your makeup works perfectly with it. I'm glad to hear you had such a great time, too!!

    Much Love!
    -Stephanie Eva


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