What I wore at the 40 below ball
Fishnet tight, Very Fine Dance Shoes, jewelry (all own), mother-of-the-bride dress c/o JJ House and clutch c/o Bellorita
In this post
  1. A ball means dressing up
  2. Why women in menopause should check the fit of their gown
  3. What I wore over the formal dress
  4. Gorgeous robes of the entertainment crew
  5. Examples of Fairbanks formal style

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A ball means dressing up

My husband surprised me with an invitation to the 40 Below Ball. He was lucky to get some tickets last minute. Thus, I didn’t have time to browse the thrift stores or online for a gown. Well, there is always shopping the closet. Even though doing some insomniac online shopping for the perfect look is some pre-fun of the upcoming event.

Always be aware of the type of ball.  What to wear to a military ball differs from what to wear to a white tie, black tie, formal or semi-formal ball.

This ball was organized by the Fairbanks Ballroom Dancing Club and had turned from a Black Tie dress code event in the zero years to a Fairbanks Formal dress code. Thus, any of my date-night dance dresses would have met the dress code just fine.

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But I wanted to take this great opportunity of being able to dress up like Cinderella. To get an idea what I am talking about see the best gowns at the 40 below ball from a couple of years ago.

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Why women in menopause should check the fit of their gown

Ball attire is among those clothing items that have a long tenure in our closets. One wears them only now and then. While in our 20s and 30s this fact wasn’t a problem, when we had kept our weight constant, it would fit as great as the last time.

However, in menopause, keeping the same weight is no guarantee that a robe that was a perfect fit last year, still will fit this year. Somehow the meat/fat justs shifts around and yep fails to resist gravity. 🙁 It turns south. To be in control of your life, not menopause, you would need a lot of shapewear to turn it north – read up. While I love shapewear, it’s no great for dancing the night away.

Thus, I tried my old gowns on in the morning before the event to know which one fits best. Well, also to have time for an alteration of a high-low hem if needed, i.e. when none of them was still looking great right away.

This menopausal body changes are also the reason why you always should try everything on before taking pieces from last year back from storage into your closet during your seasonal closet overhaul.

What I wore over the formal dress

In Fairbanks, heating is very expensive because it’s so cold outside. Thus, rooms that are not used and garages often only get heated to 40F (5oC) to save money and protect the environment. Therefore, I packed a cape to stay warm between dances, just in case the Gold Room is chilly.

over 50 years old fashion blogger posing on the dance floor in front of the buffet in evening dress and matching sandals

Nicole walking in strappy sandals in a lace chiffon gown carrying a fish pearl embellished wrist bag
Outfit details: Unbranded nude fishnets, festive jewelry, Very Fine Dance Shoes strappy sandals (all own), a fish pearl wrist bag c/o Bellorita and lace chiffon below the knee gown c/o JJ House

Being sweaty after a night of dancing requires a warm coat. Of course, I first went to the restroom to towel myself dry. Freezing sweat is a recipe at least for a cold, but can even lead to hypothermia. Recall the car is damned cold standing outside at 10F (-12.3oC) for a couple of hours.

For an Alaskan that’s considered warm in January. Thus, I wore my oyster color long leather coat with faux fur trim. You can see it hanging on the coat rack in the background in the photo below. If it had been colder like 0F (-18oC) a faux fur coat would be a no-brainer. At 40 below, a thick down coat. A shearling would spread hair all over your attire.

Gorgeous golden glas embellished jive costumes with fringes
Lathrop High School Ballroom Dance Team performing a jive. My LeatherCoatsEtc oyster faux fur trimmed leather coat is seen hanging on the coat rack in the background. Love the little crowns that the young women are wearing to embellish their updos.

Gorgeous robes of the entertainment crew

young dancers in trendy purple asymmetric costumes
Stunning trendy purple with sequins asymmetric costumes. The no sleeve vs. long sleeve is so cool. Again see the little diadems in the updoes. So chic
Lathrop High School competition team in red dresses
Sequin embellished competition dresses with fringe skirts, golden sandals and costume jewelry

What the other ladies wore

These were my favorite attires of the other ladies.

mature woman in a lovely white pink silver gray robe
This white robe with silver sequin and pink pearls vertical embellishment is so slimming and looks so sophisticated. Love it!
mature woman wearing a flapper evening dress
Flapper style glass beads and sequin embellished evening dress. Love that she went for a black bead necklace in blackened silver and black satin sandals. The satin underdress hugs the body in just the right places. So chic, understated sexy and sophisticated. Perfect!

Examples of Fairbanks formal style

Here some more casual examples of typical Fairbanks Formal Style.

Fairbanks Formal mix of casual and formal clothing items
This woman wears a gorgeous satin strapless gown with typical spectator lace-up swing shoes and white socks. Her partner combined his three set suit with a boleo tie and a watch chain.
couple swinging in Fairbanks Formal Attire
Guy wearing dark clean jeans, lady in classic black and white dress. She kicked her ballerinas of towards the end of the 40 Below Ball.

You can learn more about Fairbanks Formal dress code in the linked post.

Samples from the buffet

table decoration and food samples from an Alaskan buffet
From top to bottom. Table decoration, tickets and my clutch c/o Bellorita. Reindeer sausage, camembert shrimps and pita bread. Left plate: Sliced red and green peppers, stuffed mushrooms, camembert shrimps,. Right plate: Pecan pie with whipped cream, slice of orange and fresh peppermint leaves.

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Anna’s look of her long sleeve plaid dress was my favorite. I just love plaid dresses! Make they even pink and I am on cloud nine! Anna is the blogger at Mutton Years and Style.

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This Post Has 16 Comments

  1. asksuzannebell

    Just stunning Nicole! I am always amazed how you manage to create such fabulous looks in the cold! So elegant! Thanks for linking up with Stylish Monday!

  2. Nicole Mölders

    Du siehst klasse in dem schwarz-weissen Cocktailkleid aus. Von den langen Kleidern finde ich das mit dem Sequinrock am schönsten.

  3. Nadine

    Liebe Nicole, Dein Kleid, das Du bei dem Ball getragen hast, ist ein Traum! Der feminine Schnitt, die Farbe des schwingenden Rockes und die schwarze Spitzencorsage sind wunderschön. Du siehst bezaubernd aus!
    Ich musste schmunzeln, da ich gerade erst letzte Woche mit einer Freundin Ballkleider kaufen war. Daher passt der Linkup diesmal für mich perfekt, da ich gerade erst einen Post aus den Umkleidekabinen gemacht habe 🙂 Übernächste Woche werde ich mein neues Ballkleid dann noch einmal etwas schöner präsentieren.

    Liebe Grüße,

  4. blogthirtyminusone

    That’s a beautiful dress. I love the details on it.

  5. Anna Marcus

    I really love this dress, the fit lace bodies sits over full skirt, it is truly a ball gown

  6. donnadoesdresses

    Nicole, you have such a delightful little figure that everything looks fab on you but I do love this dress in particular!! It looks like it was such a fun night! Thank you for sharing and I would love to k ow what you do for your fitness routine … have a great weekend, Donna 🧚🏻‍♀️❤️🙏

  7. Laura Bambrick

    Thank you so much for the feature! I love that gorgeous dress on you! Sounds like a fun night!

  8. Cheryl Shops

    Looks like a fun, fancy party! I love your dress with the lace overlay—so elegant!
    Cheryl Shops

  9. Suzy Turner

    WOW what a GORGEOUS dress! It looks stunning on you. It sounds like a fabulous evening <3
    Suzy xx

  10. Thanks for sharing your amazing evening with us… and, it has left me feeling very cold! haha! All of those dresses are just stunning. I wish I had a ball to attend soon, I just love getting dolled up.


  11. yourtrueselfblog

    Hi, Nicole
    What better way to wear beautiful gowns frequently than by dancing? Beautiful and fun!

  12. Kimberly Malkiewicz

    This are wonderful looks, Nicole. You can really work those gowns!

  13. stinedurfdl

    You made the perfect choice…your dress is beautiful!

  14. Amy Johnson

    It’s a beautiful dress and you look stunning in it!

  15. This Main Line Life

    Such a pretty dress. Looks like the ball was a lot of fun.

  16. Mutton_style

    I can’t imagine the logistics. I find it so interesting how you deal with the cold. How about how you deal with the short days. Thanks for picking me as a fav. I’ve grabbed the button. Thank you

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