What I wore at the 40 below ball

Style blogger in nude black ball gown

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 thriftstores 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.

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.

Trying on dresses

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.

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However, in menopause, even keeping the same weight is no gurantee that a robe that was a perfect fit last year, still will be this year. Somehow the meat/fat justs shifts around and yep fails to resist gravity. 🙁 It turns south. One 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 tryed my old dresses on in the morning before the event to know which one fits best. Well, also to have time for an alteration 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.

The dress that made the cut

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.

#styleover50 fashion blogger posing on the dance floow in front of the buffet in evening dress and matching sandals
Fishnet dance tight, Very Fine Dance Shoes sandals, jewelry (all own), dress c/o JJ House and clutch c/o Bellorita

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).

Nicole walking in strappy sandals in a lace chiffon gown carrying a fish pearl embellished wrist bag
Side view showing me walking to the table wearing nude fishnets, an updo, 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

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 downcoat. 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 liitle crowns that the young women are wearing to embellish their updoes.

Further gorgeous robes of the team

young dancers in trendy purple assymmetric costumes
Stunning trendy purple with sequins assymmetric costumes. The no sleeve vs. long shleeve 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 embellish ment 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!

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 goregous satin strapless gown with typical specatortor 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 ballarinas 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, camenber shrimps and pita bread. Left plate: Sliced red and green peppers, stuffed mushrooms, camenber 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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16 thoughts on “What I wore at the 40 below ball

  1. 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. 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 fĂŒr mich perfekt, da ich gerade erst einen Post aus den Umkleidekabinen gemacht habe 🙂 ÜbernĂ€chste Woche werde ich mein neues Ballkleid dann noch einmal etwas schöner prĂ€sentieren.

    Liebe GrĂŒĂŸe,

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

  4. 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 đŸ§šđŸ»â€â™€ïžâ€ïžđŸ™

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

  6. 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.


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

  8. You made the perfect choice…your dress is beautiful!

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

  10. 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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