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What To Wear To Ball of the Wild

Now that you've got your tickets to the sold-out Ball of the Wild event benefiting the Dickerson Park Zoo, what will you wear?

By Cassie Fox, styled by Dylan Lyle, Lauren Dell and Aliyah McBride

Jun 28 2019 at 12:36 p.m.

Ball of the Wild 2018 in Springfield MO
Photo by Ryan KowalskiAnnual Ball of the Wild event benefiting the Dickerson Park Zoo. Purchase Photo

Ball of the Wild is an annual fundraising event benefiting Friends of the Zoo, a nonprofit dedicated to making Dickerson Park Zoo a first-class facility. Tickets to this year's event have already completely sold out, and guests are preparing for a "wild" night at the John A. & Genny Morris Conservation Education Center on July 12.

Guests can look forward to buffet-style catering from Maso Kitchen Bar, Char Steakhouse & Oyster Bar, Black Sheep, Great American Taco Company, Ocean Zen and many more local eateries. To add to the fun, guests can party like an animal all evening with live music from the Saint Louis band, Groove Thang.

As the event theme changes from year to year, guests often choose their attire according to the designated theme. 2019 Ball of the Wild ticket holders can get get excited about this year's South African-theme. From safari chic to creative black tie, the only fashion guideline at this event is no blue jeans. For those who snatched up their tickets before it was too late, what will you wear? Luckily for you, 417 Magazine will be your guide.

Dolce Vita Lesly Wedges in leopard, $148 at STAXXAmuse Society, Port Jumper in white, $98 at STAXX | Straw hat in black, $89 at Modern Society ApparelWoven natural fiber purse with black trim, $32 at Modern Society Apparel

Red/green patterned shirt, $128 at Modern Society ApparelBononos chino in chestnut, $92 at Modern Society ApparelCrocodile skin belt, $295 at Town and CountyMens casual dress sneakers in brown, $149 at Plaza Shoe Store.

Palms oversized dress shirt, $118 at STAXXBamboo bangle, $14 at STAXXChinese Laundry, Pollie Heel in leopard print, $72 at Modern Society ApparelWoven belt, $22 at Modern Society Apparel. 


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Friends of the Zoo generates revenue to fund vital zoo projects and programs through various operations and activities. 

Life After Denim button up in green, $110 at Modern Society Apparel | Nifty Genius bermuda shorts in khaki, $79 at Modern Society ApparelMens casual dress sneakers in brown, $149 at Plaza Shoe Store. 


Free People, Ready to Set Sail Butterfly print top, $58 at STAXXFree People Normani Bias skirt in lime, $78 at STAXXLion necklace in gold, $78 at STAXX |  Straw square bag, $32 at STAXXBamboo Zest Slides in lapis, $25 at Modern Society Apparel. 

White Sand pant, $175 at Town and County | Abstract palms shirt in pink, $138 at Modern Society Apparel | Donald Pliner, Kirk calf leather sneakers, $225 at Town and County | Woven pink belt, $175 at Town and County.