Look Behind the Looking Glass, Part 2: Jump Back Ball Fashions

From the White Rabbit to the Mad Hatter and beyond, there is plenty to be inspired by.

I need to start this week off by saying thanks.  Thanks to everyone who sold out PlayhouseSquare’s Jump Back Ball. Whether you bought a ticket or helped spread the word on your blog/other social media or the old-fashioned way, thanks!

A huge thank you, in particular, to the Jump Back Ball Committee’s Ticketing Co-Chairs Maurie and Stacy and everyone at PlayhouseSquare.  This year sold out in record time. And I can say it’s nice to go into February, when we’ll be busy putting the final touches on everything, knowing the event is sold out.

Now that you have your ticket, the next step is figuring out what to wear.

One of my favorite parts of the evening is checking out the variety of fashions at Jump Back Ball.  From gowns to cocktail dresses, suits to tuxes, and even costumes, almost anything goes.

Jump Back Ball is a creative formal event with guests invited to incorporate the theme in their outfit however they see fit.

Blue Caterpillar Dress designed for an Alice in Wonderland runway show from MonkeyWrenchDesigns on Etsy

For last year’s Jump Back Ball, I hit up City Buddha for exotic accessories to complement the Passport to Party theme.

This year, I figured you only co-chair Jump Back Ball once. So if all goes as planned, I should be rocking out a tea-length party dress I designed inspired by the Queen of Hearts.

If you’re planning an outfit around the theme, the first place to start is figuring out where you want to get your inspiration.

You can find a list of Wonderland characters and costume tips on the Jump Back Ball site including a few obscure ones like the Dormouse.  If you can’t make up your mind, I really want to see someone dress up as the Mad Hattress or the Caterpillar.

After you figure out what you’re basing your outfit on, think about how far you want to go with the theme. You don’t have to do a full costume.  Incorporating the theme is as easy as pairing thematic accessories with a nice suit or cocktail dress.

Etsy has a lot of options when it comes to handcrafted Alice in Wonderland swag.

From earrings…

Steampunk Alice Earrings from NobleStudiosLtd on Etsy

to handbags…

Lady Hatter Handbag from UniquelyDifferent on Etsy

to cufflinks…

Cheshire Cat Cufflinks from tartx on Etsy

And, yes, plenty of hats and fascinators…

White Rabbit Top Hat from eCRAFTic on Etsy

I just ordered a few accents for my dress over the weekend and can’t wait until they arrive. I’m anxious to see how the outfit comes together.

Whatever you decide to do, have fun! Even if you and a friend are inspired by the same character, there are so many ways to interpret the theme that there are endless options for what to wear.

If you’re looking for more fashion inspiration, check out these posts from CLE Shopaholic here and here and i Heart Cleveland here.

This is part 2 in my Look Behind the Looking Glass series. Want to learn more about Jump Back Ball? Check out:

And come back next week for a behind-the-scenes look at Jump Back Ball Shop Nights!

7 thoughts on “Look Behind the Looking Glass, Part 2: Jump Back Ball Fashions

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  2. eatdrinkcleveland

    Since I’m one of the only people in the CLE universe not going, I have to live vicariously Can’t wait to see all your pics…and your DRESS! I’m sure it’s going to be fun and gorgeous!

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