Style Dilemma: Is it okay to wear a white dress to a graduation ball?

Ted Baker €145

My brother's friend has asked me to his debs. We're not going out, but I've accepted. I've an idea in my head about wearing a white dress. Is it okay to wear white to a debs or will I look like I'm going to my wedding? Jess (18), Kildare

Minimal, chic and sophisticated, it's no surprise that white is one of the season's big colour stories. The key to avoiding any unwanted bridal comparisons is to keep the look pared back.

Lennon Courtney €389

The black floral waist detailing on the 'Jasmine' gown at Divine Boutiques (1 €139) is the perfect contrast. This high-neck dress has a stunning backless design.

While not your typical 'debs' gown, the clean lines and simple silhouette of the long white dress with half-length sleeves by Lennon Courtney (2 €389) is demure with old-world appeal. Style with side-swept hair and a statement red lip for a classic look.

Fran & Jane €469

Opting for a mid-length frock will separate your look from the floor-sweeping gowns. The halter detail number by Greek designer Sophia Kokosalaki's label Kore is a sheer white delight. With a metallic rope-fastening to the neck, ruched bust detailing and layered waterfall ruffle front, it's quite the attention-grabber (3 €371.14, Asos).

If you find the selection of white dresses a bit limiting, try other shades. The pale-pink Foelee dress by Ted Baker (4 €145 reduced from €290, Arnotts) features a sweetheart neckline with crystal stud embellishment.

For maximum glamour, the Oscar Collection at Fran & Jane features a pastel and metallic gown adorned with sequins and hand-stitched jewels (5 €469) for a look befitting of a red carpet.

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