Oct 28

5 Ways to Look Perfect For A Masquerade Party

great outfits and masks for your masquerade ball

Masquerade Balls were all the rage in the 15th century. Even in today’s time, masquerade balls are fun. We have costume events for Halloween, but a masquerade ball can be any time throughout the year. Dressing up and putting on a mask can be a lot of fun, especially if the masquerade ball is for a charitable event.

Your Outfit for the Masquerade Ball

Your outfit should be anything formal or semi-formal. You don’t have to spend a lot of money on an expensive brand named designer outfit, but whatever you choose to wear should look classy. Dress like you are going out to a high end night club. When in doubt, dress like you are going out to a nice restaurant. You don’t have to look like you are going to church (you can if you are really conservative), so keep it fun! If you are wearing a really extravagant outfit, then you can wear a plain mask, as the main attention is focused on your outfit and not the mask. However, if you are wearing a really extravagant mask, then you may want to tone down the outfit a bit so the main focus is on the mask.


This is an example of what celebrities like Beyonce and Solange Knowles wear at a Masquerade Ball.


These are examples of outfits from a celebrity masquerade ball

Your Mask for the Masquerade Ball

If you are uncomfortable wearing a mask, then it is not mandatory (unless of course the event states it is). However, a mask always adds value, fun and entertainment to the event. Therefore, it would be great if all the guests at least make an effort to wear a mask. There are many types of masks that you can wear to a Masquerade Ball. If you are looking for a unique mask, then you can always look on eBay or Etsy, because there are many designers out there who create unique masks for a living. If you are looking for something more on the economical side, then you can always purchase a standard mask from a costume store. I have also seen masks for sale at art stores too. Or you could even make your own mask using paper mache.

a variety of masquerade masks for a ball

A masquerade mask can be as colorful as you’d like. Just be sure to match it with the right outfit.

Mario Lopez and Laine Mazzo dressed for a masquerade ball

Mario Lopez and Laine Mazzo dressed in all black for a masquerade ball

Masquerade Ball Accessories

Accessories can enhance any kind of costume and really make your outfit stand out. Accessories can include costume jewelry (or actual jewelry), walking sticks, umbrellas, or even glow sticks depending on how formal or casual the event is. Fancy hats make an excellent addition to any masquerade ball costume. Musketeer hats, fedoras, top hats, bowler hats, newsboy hats, cowboy hats among many others can really complement any type of outfit. Just be careful that you don’t end up looking like The Riddler from the Batman comics (unless that’s the look you’re going for… then I can’t argue if it was deliberate).

an elegant mask, cane and top hat

A venetian mask is accessorized by a cape, vest, jabot, top hat and cane

a woman with a hat and accessories for a masquerade ball

Her masquerade outfit is accessorized with black lace and a hat

What Kind of Shoes Should I Wear to a Masquerade Ball?

Wear shoes that are both comfortable and classy at the same time. Women can wear high heels, low heels or platforms. Men should stick with dress shoes or comfortable shoes that are neutral in color. Think Blacks, Grays and Browns. If your outfit is colorful, then it may be a good idea to match your shoes with the color of your outfit. It might not be a good idea to wear athletic shoes because a masquerade ball is more of a formal event, but neutral colored walking shoes should be fine if you find your feet hurt in dress shoes.

What Should I Not Wear?

I know most people reading this blog post have enough common sense not to wear anything silly, but you always have that one person… I know that style and fashion is a matter of opinion, and I’m not here to judge anyone based on their outfit, but I am only stating the obvious as a suggestion. Rule of thumb, don’t wear anything ridiculous or scary. This is not a Halloween event, so therefore you should not wear a hideous monster mask to a masquerade ball. It is also NOT a good idea to dress like you are going out to a “pimps and hoes” party because that’s just plain tacky and immature. I have seen people do this in the past, and it really sends a bad impression because you are not going to a college frat party. Masquerade Balls are supposed to be a classy and semi-formal event, so dress accordingly.

Don't dress like a pimp or a hoe to a masquerade ball

DO NOT dress like you are going out to a pimps and hoes ball. Even with a mask, this is just tacky and it makes you look immature.

a grotesque monster mask

A masquerade ball is not Halloween. DO NOT wear any grotesque masks.