PARTY QUEEN / Feb 23, 2022


Masquerade balls are masked in mystery and draped in decadence. Once held only for the upper classes, masquerade balls date back to the Renaissance Era. They're nothing short of magical, which is why we still throw masquerade-themed events today.

Speaking of, are you attending a masquerade-themed prom? While it's essential to wear a dazzling mask, it's just as important to don a masquerade-themed prom dress.

Don't worry—we have just the thing for you! Here are four creative ideas for your masquerade-themed prom dress.

1. Feather-Embellished Gown

Feather embellishments are a classic choice for masquerade-themed prom dresses. In a snap, you can capture the Renaissance vibe you were looking for.

To fully capture this sophisticated look, make sure to incorporate these other characteristics of a masquerade-themed prom dress:

First, opt for a floor-length dress with an A-line silhouette. Women in the Renaissance era were all about creating an hourglass shape—and A-length dresses always do the trick! Why? They cinch the waist and then flow outwards, creating a flattering figure.

Frequently, masquerade-themed prom dresses are sleeveless and paired with a sweetheart neckline. Sweetheart necklines create a romantic feel that's reflective of this time period.

When it comes to accessories, why not add a feather headpiece? You'll find many masks that feature feathers too—so your outfit will look very put together!

lavander floor length dress

Get the look: style GL1834 | Feather Embellished Embroidered Sweetheart Mesh/Lace Long Dress

2. Layered Tulle Ball Gown

They're called masquerade balls for a reason. If you're looking for a showstopping masquerade-themed prom dress, then you should rock a ball gown!

Layered tulle creates an airy feeling to your dress. Prom night can feel like a dream—dance the night away feeling like a whimsical princess.

In addition to a full and fabulous skirt, no masquerade-themed prom dress is complete without jewel embellishments. If they're gold, even better! A bedazzled bodice and skirt are just what you need to turn heads at prom!

A halter neckline creates a modern take on this Renaissance look. To bring back some royal glam, add a tiara and bolero. Finish the outfit with some shoulder-grazing earrings.

Baby Pink Halter Neckline Ball Gown

Get the look: style GL2512 | Beads and Jewel Embellished Halter Neck Quinceanera Dress

3. Lace Long-Sleeve Dress

If you want to be transported back in time to Europe in the 18th century, then this masquerade-themed prom dress is for you!

During this time period, long gowns were often paired with long bell sleeves. You'll be the next Marie Antoinette in this dress!

To dial up the elegance, lace fabric is the perfect choice. It allows you to add intricate embroidery to your dress without being over-the-top. Let's just say lace will add a certain "je ne sais quoi" to your French royal look.

To keep this look romantic and feminine, we recommend choosing a dress that's light in color—champagne, rose, cream are all lovely choices. Pair your dress with a lace mask, and you'll feel like a queen for a night.

Oh—and don't hesitate to throw on a dazzling necklace with a V-neckline like that. It offers up the perfect canvas!

blush long dress

Get the look: style GL1592 | Lace V-Neck A-Line Long Dress with Embroidery and Short Sleeves

4. Gold and Glittery Dress

Whether it's a regular prom dress—or a masquerade-themed prom dress—nothing screams royalty like gold and glitter. This is a dress fit for a prom queen.

Like we said before, to truly recreate a masquerade ball outfit, it's all about finding a gown with an embellished bodice—beads, jewels, you name it! While your bodice is the star of the show, don't leave the skirt bare. Glitter is just what you need to make this dress oh-so-glamorous.

Cap sleeves have literally been a royal favorite for centuries—from the Renaissance to today. (Hello, Kate Middleton!) They're a subtle way to incorporate traditional elegance into your masquerade look. Paired with a V-neckline, you've scored the perfect combination of sexy and elegance.

Wondering what to do with your hair? Half-dos with curls are a common hairstyle for masquerade-themed events. It keeps your hair away from your face (and mask) while allowing you to rock a glamorous look.

gold dress

Get the look: style GL2526 | Jewel Embellished Bodice and Glitter Print Skirt Long Dress

Need a Masquerade-Themed Dress for Another Occasion?

Prom isn’t the only event where you’ll need to dress like a Renaissance queen. If you’re looking for a masquerade-themed dress for another occasion, you can find many options in the catalogs below:

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