What to wear to Masquerade

Australians don’t fit the mould. We are less formal and don’t follow European traditions to the letter.

Many are overwhelmed and wonder how to dress for Masquerade. Advice from an overseas source may not be reliable.

With this in mind my fellow Aussies, here’s the head’s up for those down under.

Formal or Casual

Some Masquerade events are formal. If called a Masquerade “Ball” then you should go formal. Ladies, full length elegant dress is preferable, although it’s not necessary to dress as Marie Antoinette. That’s only suitable if the Masquerade event is in Venice Italy.

Gentlemen in suits, tuxedo, formal as you like it. If you are already partnered, it’s worth coming in matching His & Her’s Couples Masks to add the impact and show off your partnership.

If it’s a “Party” but in a large venue, perhaps a fund raiser then you be well advised to go formal.

For a back yard Masquerade Party you could get away with neat casual but if you enjoy dressing up in evening attire then go for it but perhaps not long gowns. You may want to layer your clothes incase it gets cold or hot. Comfortable shoes that don’t slip into lawn would be best.

Masquerade vs Fancy Dress

The most common misconception is that some assume that Masquerade is Fancy Dress. There is a difference between “Fancy dress” and “Masquerade” which is critical to consider.

Fancy Dress may include a mask to achieve the character you are creating but the mask would be optional.

A caution with Fancy Dress. Please consider who is holding the event. For instance if it is a Fancy Dress event for the local Christian School, don’t dress up as the Devil. You best not even go as a Horny Goat.

Masquerade however does not require a costume unless specifically stated in the invite – it would not be Fancy Dress. You would be absolutely expected to wear a Masquerade Mask.

Why Masquerade

The essence of masquerade is that you may not immediately recognise someone you know. There’s delight in finding people you know in Masquerade.

Also, the mask draws attention to the eyes and lips. Very seductive. This gives singles and loved up couples, lots of opportunity for a night to remember for all the best reasons.

Those who know about Masquerade Mask History delight with the romantic promise of a night in Masquerade.

Here’s more info on how to choose a Mask to ensure a perfect fit.

If you need any assistance, as always please call me on 0412 658 696 – Antoinette

Amore Masquerade Masks Todd Katelyn Ellery