The 2023 school ball dress trends

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Ahh.. the school ball. The fashion milestone of the adolescent years. The first opportunity to truly and entirely express your personal style in the most glamorous and iconic setting.

Balls have always been a big deal but after a few years of will-it-won’t-it happen, this year’s events are set to be even more special. Fashion wise, the looks are getting edgier, with a clear influence from the teens in Euphoria – a sleeper hit among teens. Think, a little extra sparkle, cut-outs and endless y2k inspiration. Some classic silhouettes transcend however, proving that some styles are immune to seasonal trends.

Here are the best ones:


The return of the early-aughts fashion trends is showing no sign of slowing down. And luckily for us, Olivia Rodrigo has been giving us all the Y2K fashion-inspo we need. Halter tops, cowl necks and whimsical prints are all making an appearance on the fashion radar again. If you’re in the mood to hunt for actual vintage dresses, Recycle Boutique has a tonne of fab ones on offer! But there are a tonne of inspired dresses you can buy ready to wear. Here are a few of our favourites.


You know the aforementioned never-dying trends? Here’s one of them. The little black dress is still as stylish as ever. But sometimes TikTok tells us we need to ‘add a little spice’ – from a sequin moment to some goth-inspired features there are a plethora of options to suit every style.


Think Bridgerton, but with a modern-twist. Regency-ruffle and empire-waist silhouettes paired with a floral pattern are the key to nailing this trend. Gloves not included but highly encouraged.

The Classic Long Dress

A stalwart for a reason. You can’t go past the go-to evening gown – and just because it’s classic doesn’t mean it needs to be boring. Jazz it up with a bright colour or a fun fabric, and you’re bound to be the belle of the ball.

Prom Suits

Dresses not really your thing? The perfect dress doesn’t need to actually be a dress. Prom suits are comfortable, and stylish. You don’t need to worry about losing your spice either, with velvet, ruffles and sequins galore.

Now that you’ve got your outfit sorted, see what Ellerslie Events has to offer as your one-stop-shop venue.

WATCH: 2022’s Epsom Girls Grammar Year 13 Ball here at Ellerslie Event Centre

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