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Best Dressed at Opening Ball

Hermione Bird assesses her favourite outfits of the school year’s first black tie event.

You’ve read the reviews: Opening Ball was a success and so was the fashion. I always regard a ball as an excuse to wear something long, glitzy and stunning, but I’m just traditional like that. Last Friday saw an array of ball styles from silk jumpsuits to skater dresses. Of course everyone put in effort, but who were the best dressed?

Sharp and Sophisticated:

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This dress caught my eye immediately, there’s something playful about it but at the same time it retains its sophistication. Gabriella (pictured) wore it with style and she looks fantastic. The fit of the dress flatters her hour glass figure and the off the shoulder look is always a stunner.

A Lady in Red:

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Bold, strong and catching, the ‘red’ look was a popular choice this year. Rachel (pictured) made this style her own, accessorising with a black clutch and matching heels. The cut of the shoulders was quirky and accentuated her décolletage and the front slit offered a new edge to  an old classic.

Elegance is Key:

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I adore this dress. The pale blue complements her skin tone and the detailing makes the dress unique. I’m a big  believer in wearing something that stands out and this dress really did. The oriental cut makes for an edgy look and the silver shoulder bag emphasises the metallic tones in the dress. This look was truly beautiful and she rocked it.

The Jumpsuit:

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Easy to get wrong but looks great when you get it right. This outfit does what it says on the tin: It hugs your curves, flatters your neckline and makes for an easy transition from Ball to the Union. This girl looks sensational in this outfit. Paired with high black heels and finished off with bow, she nailed the jumpsuit look. And who doesn’t love sparkles?

The Two Piece:

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I’m always wary of a two piece as all too often you see the top half and the bottom half not coordinated well, but in this case it works. The lace black top provides the detailing needed for an outfit to really stand out and it’s complemented by a plainer, but still gorgeous, full red skirt. The midi-style paired with the delicate heels softens the effect of a full skirt and the colour co-ordination is precision incarnate- red lipstick, black top, red skirt and black heels. Everything perfect and everything matching. 10/10

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