18 Style Lessons From The Least Boring People At The Inaugural Balls

So, it wasn’t just all stuffy old people wearing fashion-backwards formal attire. Here are some of the rules that were broken by the most adventurous attendees.

1. Necklines needn’t be conservative.

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2. Show off your tattoos.

She obviously took a page from Lena Dunham’s book.

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3. Don’t just opt for a fancy updo or a curled-under bob.

Instead, this lady chose a hairstyle straight off a 1988 Betsey Johnson runway show.

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4. Push the boundaries of what formal attire actually means.

Hot pink fringe that starts at the waist? It certainly counts as floor-length.

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5. Instead of a hair clip, wear a tiny hat.

Newsflash: people above the age of 30 buy crafts from Etsy (where there are currently 331 tiny handmade hats for sale).

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6. Don’t just go for beads and sequins.

Indiscernible gown embellishments can work, too. Are these bows? Rosettes? Why are they fuzzy?

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7. Instead of pumps, stay comfortable in your everyday sassy footwear.

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8. Wear every kind of color and texture imaginable.

Melissa Joan Hart wouldn’t have even had the balls to wear this cardigan during her Clarissa days.

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9. Pretend you’re at a pageant.

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10. You CAN wear out-there eyeliner with bold lipstick.

To everyone who says that you can only wear one or the other — you are WRONG.

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11. Don a suit of armor.

You never know when those Xena Warrior Princess powers are going to come in handy.

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12. Add a fuzzy boa.

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13. Pile on the necklaces.

Neck parties are the new arm parties.

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14. Pile on the butt ruffles.

Butt parties are the new neck parties.

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15. Wear three shades of red.

Who said redheads can’t wear red??

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16. Don’t just give little French-style pecks on the cheek when greeting someone.


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17. Deck out your shoulder with architectural cutouts.

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18. Maximalism is the new minimalism.

Photographs by Macey J. Foronda for BuzzFeed

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