As I am thinking about this upcoming ball and trying to design a dress, I remember a story I read that has always stuck with me. The Necklace by Guy de Maupassant! It is a wonderful story about a foolish young girl who lets pride get in the way of common sense and learns her lesson a little too late in life.
As with most well-written short stories, it has such an incredible lesson and one so easily learned. If you have never read it, or if you don't remember it well, take a few minutes to read it now. I think you will be very surprised by the end.