I actually like the dress for a ball. I have been to a couple of them and I noticed that some women can carry it off and some can't. A lot has to do with 1) the way you wear your hair, 2) the right jewelry and 3) makeup. When you try the dress on, wear natural makeup, put your hair up and bring some jewelry and your shoes. For some reaso,n things things seem to make a mega-difference.