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What to Wear to a Uni Ball

What to Wear to a Black Tie Ball

Updated • May 21 • Dress for a Night • Designer Dress Hire

You've just received an invitation to a ball held by your university to celebrate the achievements throughout your course or simply to be given the chance to mingle with your fellow students. The dress code is formal or black tie, and you have no idea what to wear. Stress no more, in this guide we will show you all the uni ball dresses that nail the black tie dress code. There is a uni ball dress for every season of the year and we are here to show you all the styles to make sure you find the perfect dress!

What to Wear to a Ball

What does black tie even mean? You might ask. Black tie is a formal dress code that signifies the importance of the occasion. If you want to nail it down to the basics, click here for where we decode the black tie dress code and what it really means.

Uni Ball Dresses

What to Wear to a Spring Ball

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House Of CB Adrienne Corset Maxi Dress

The House of CB Adrienne Corset Maxi Dress is cut from a thick satin that drapes across the body. The built in corset allows for a flattering hourglass silhouette. This strapless corset formal dress is all about luxury which makes you look effortlessly put together. You can never go wrong with a classic style, no matter what season, which is why we know you will fall in love with this uni ball dress. If you are wanting to experiment with corset dresses, but want to start off with baby steps, this is the dress for you.

This style is available in red, black, sage and pink.


Ivona Skelo Vivia Dress

The Ivona Skelo Vivia Dress is all about femininity and sparkle. The definition of simple but with a twist, this gorgeous dress features diamonte cut-outs, and is all you'll ever want and need for your uni ball. This flattering figure hugging dress will make the perfect statement at your black tie ball, guaranteed to have all eyes on you.

Aje Violette Bubble Hem Maxi Dress

The Aje Violette Bubble Hem Maxi Dress exudes dramatic elegance. This stunning drop waist design, features a flattering fitted bodice that flows into a high-low hemmed skirt. A unique gown that is guaranteed to make a statement at your next event. Dress up this elegant strapless formal dress with delicate jewellery and heels to tie the look together.


This style is available in colours black and magenta pink.


Nana Jacqueline Caroline Dress

The Nana Jacqueline Caroline Dress is a dreamy uni ball dress in a beautiful sage green. This gorgeous dress features an open back, double layer at the bust and sling detailing. This dress exudes elegance and femininity. This style gives a flattering silhouette as the skirt features a fit-to-flare design that accentuates an hourglass figure. Pair this dress with neutral accessories to keep your year look sophisticated, light and dreamy. The perfect spring ball dress.


What to Wear to a Summer Ball

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Sonya Moda Nour Dress

The Sonya Moda Nour Dress is a stunning one shoulder design made from a luxurious satin. This gorgeous formal dress features an asymmetrical neckline, an exposed cutout with an adjustable tie at the waist that tapers for a figure-flattering fit, and a high split providing a sensual look. This luxurious fabric makes this formal dress a perfect piece to wear to formal events as it leaves you feeling glamorous and confident. Accessorising with heels and jewellery will elevate this uni ball dress, that is perfect for a summer ball especially in the floral prints.


This style is available in colours ocean pearl, yarden floral, scarlet red and fiori di sambuco.

House Of CB Charmaine Corset Gown

The House of CB Charmaine Corset Gown is one we know you will recognise. Made from a lustrous silk satin, this dress features a beautifully draped cowl neckline with a corset bodice to cinch the figure. The Charmaine Gown makes the perfect uni ball dress as it is not too long meaning it can be comfortably worn and danced in for a night full of fun. A versatile style that can be dressed up and down and accessorised in so many ways. This House of CB dress is the dress of the season, we know you will adore this style as much as we do.

This style is available in blush pink, chocolate and black.

Lia Stubbla Eviana Gown

The Lia Stublla Eviana Gown is a beautiful strapless corset formal dress featuring an asymmetric neckline. This dress gives a stunning hourglass silhouette with its built in corset bodice. This gown is sure to turn heads and will leave you feeling glamorous. We love this style for formal events where every guest is required to make a statement with their outfit. This gorgeous corset style formal dress is the perfect dress to step out of your comfort zone with, as it leaves you feeling like a million dollars.

This style is available in emerald green, red, and black.


Lexi Samira Dress

The Lexi Samira Dress is a fan favourite style for all formal and black tie occasions, especially balls. A glamorous floor-length, one shoulder style made from a stretch satin. This style is extremely flattering and elegant, and makes the perfect ball outfit as it nails the black tie dress code.


This style is available in burgundy, orion blue, black and white.


@emilyvenz wears the Samira Dress in white
@nathaliesadermakeup wears the Samira Dress in burgundy
@__lilybrown wears the Samira Dress in orion blue

What to Wear to a Ball in Winter

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PASDUCHAS Composure Gown (Ivory White) - RRP 9,Dress for a Night
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Nookie Vera Velvet Gown

The Nookie Vera Velvet Gown is a gorgeous velvet halter gown with wide supportive straps and a thigh high leg split. This dress hugs and flatters the figure in all the right ways. Velvet is the perfect material for the winter, as its thickness will keep you warm while looking glamorous. This full-length gown makes the perfect uni ball dress as it exudes elegance and class, perfectly suited for a black tie ball.

This ball gown is available in colours fuschia pink, wine red, teal blue and black.

Nookie Rumi Gown

The Nookie Rumi Gown is an elegant one shoulder gown crafted in a thick velvet. This elegant design is perfect for black tie balls as it is super comfortable and leaves you feeling like a million dollars! This one shoulder design is extremely flattering on the body and the gorgeous velvet will have you warm and snug for your winter balls.

The Nookie Rumi Gown for rent is available in teal, red and black.

Lia Stublla Macie Gown

The Lia Stublla Macie Gown will make any occasion special. It features a full-boned corset bodice, lace-up back, and voluminous full-skirt with a thigh-high leg split that exudes luxury and charm. A style that is perfect for those who want to make a statement with an A-line fit. This true princess style gown will have you feeling glamorous for your upcoming uni ball.

House Of CB Sabine Strapless Corset Dress

The House Of CB Sabine Strapless Corset Dress is a stunning elegant and timeless design. This gorgeous gown is crafted from a black stretch crepe, making it the perfect strapless corset formal dress that is easy to wear. Embrace your feminine side with this sexy LBD for your upcoming uni ball. You can never go wrong with a corset style, as it is guaranteed to make you look and feel amazing. A simple style that can easily be paired with a coat, or fur wrap to make it weather appropriate for a winter ball.

Finding Your Fit

Now that we have shown you all the different uni ball dresses for every season, it is now time to R.S.V.P and purchase that uni ball ticket. You can hire all these styles at Dress for a Night for a fraction of the retail price because why buy an expensive designer dress that you will only wear once? You will save money, reduce your environmental footprint, as well as stay on top of all the trendy styles at every uni ball - there are so many wins!


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