Ball Season Is Upon Us

Vienna is the waltzing capital of the world and ball season has arrived in full swing! I am amazed at the array of different balls there are to attend: provincial balls like Der Steirerball (Styria), university balls including one at the Diplomatic Academy of Vienna!, professional balls like the Zuckerbaeckerball (Baker’s Ball – yum!), alternatives to the high society Opernball like the Rosenball (yes, please!), and of course the ill-famed Akademikerball (accompanied by demonstrations – and rightly so).

Vienna is dancing on air and yet, in this city of glamorous engagements, I cannot find an appropriate and affordable ball gown. The dress code is quite strict – men and women are expected to arrive in black tie although Austrian national costume (Tracht) is also acceptable on many occasions. I’ve been scouring the city for weeks for a dress but I’ve come up dry. In fact, I’m amazed at the abundance of cheap dress shops. At one store with astronomical prices I was shocked to see that the dresses were not hemmed and the fabric was already stripping! At the other end of the spectrum, I have found beautiful dresses in boutique shops like this one for the fair price of an arm and a leg:


Ideally I’d like to find something somewhere in the middle – a dress that is both hemmed and beautiful but that doesn’t break the bank. For ladies on the lookout, Peek & Cloppenburg seems to be the best bet. Others claim to have had success with online shopping but I remain skeptical as sizing is not an exact science. For now I will content myself with dreaming…and drooling outside of the boutiques.



2 thoughts on “Ball Season Is Upon Us

  1. First of all, I love the title of your blog. (I am really hoping I found another Jimmy Eat World fan) Secondly, I am insanely jealous of this ball season. I don’t know if we have anything like that here in Antwerp, but I would love to be able to reuse old recital dresses that I have for an evening of dancing!

  2. Thank you for commenting and for following! I have to admit that I wasn’t thinking of Jimmy Eat World when I came up with the title but now that you mention it Sweetness is a great song. Vienna Eat World follows a much simpler concept – I am in Vienna, I love to eat, and I want to see the world 🙂 That being said, I think we need to bring ball season to Antwerp…once I find a dress that is…

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