Not sure what to wear to a masquerade party? Deciphering the dress code can certainly be challenge – particularly when you’re not sure how formal it’s going to be.
Fortunately, we’re on hand with all the masquerade ball costume ideas you need to put together the perfect masquerade outfit. Read on for advice!
How to dress for a masquerade ball
The beauty of a masquerade costume is that it’s a really easy one to put together as it only has two main components – a dress or tuxedo, and a mask.
The perfect fancy dress theme for lovers and haters of fancy dress, your costume can be as low-key or as extravagant as you like and if you’re not a particular fan of dressing up, you won’t look out of place if you don’t go all out.
Start with some black tie attire
Traditionally, masquerade balls were elegant and formal affairs so start your costume with whatever you’d normally wear to a black tie event – i.e. a ball gown for women or a tuxedo for men.
Of course, the dress code isn’t quite as stuffy these days as it was in the Renaissance period, so your dress can be shorter than the huge ball gowns the ladies used to wear.
Decide how extravagant you want to be
Once you’ve chosen the foundations for your masquerade costume, it’s time to decide how extravagant you want to be with your mask.
If you’re not really a fancy dress person and you want to dress fairly low-key, go for a mask like this that only covers your eyes. However, if you’re not one to shy away from standing out from the crowd, go for something a little more ostentatious!
From feathers, sequins and diamantes to all-out extravagant Colombia masks, there’s a mask for every look and absolutely anything goes. One traditional style is the zanni mask, a long-nosed jester’s mask where the length of nose indicates the wearer’s level of stupidity – choose whatever suits your style best and fits with how much you want to stand out!
Pick a mask that’s easy to wear
Our next important piece of advice for choosing a masquerade mask is to pick one that’s easy to wear. If you think it’s going to annoy you all night, or you think you’ll want to take it off as soon as you get to the party, pick a different one. The idea of a masquerade ball is to keep your identity concealed all night until the big reveal at the end of the party, so don’t ruin it by choosing a mask you won’t want to wear.
You’ll probably want to eat and drink during the party so if this is the case, go for a masquerade mask that only covers half of your face. That way you’ll keep your eyes and your identity concealed but you’ll be able to eat, drink and most importantly, talk!
If you’re worried about your mask spoiling your makeup, go for a masquerade mask on a stick that can be held up for photo opportunities but won’t touch your face. Eye masks with an elastic strap are easy to keep in place all night and if you don’t want to mess up your hair, go for a mask on a headband like this. Et voilà, your masquerade ball costume is complete!