(Closed) NWR When to wear an evening dress.

posted 4 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 2
4102 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I’ve worn one once – when Darling Husband got tickets from his boss for a black tie charity ball. I’ve never been to a wearing where a floor length gown would have been appropriate  

I know on many cruise ships they have formal night and you are supposed to,wear a gown. 

Thats pretty much it. Not a lot of reasons to wear something that formal. 

Post # 3
433 posts
Helper bee


It very much depends on your life style, where you live, and your social circle. I come from a very traditional and formal family, where Christmas Eve dinners involve velvet smoking jackets, bow ties and fancy long frocks. My parents hosted black tie dinners in their home, attended numerous balls and mess dinners elsewehere, and of course everybody owned their own evening clothes. It was a bit of a surprise when I eventually realised as a young teenager that this is not the norm everywhere. Believe it or not, but I had no idea until I was at uni that one could hire evening clothes. I had simply never seen or heard of anybody doing that. Normal is relative, and it is defined by what you see and experience around you.

As for me, I find plenty of opportunities to wear my ball gowns and evening dresses. Last Saturday, I hosted a dinner at home, and wore a black silk hostess gown. This coming Saturday, we are going to a black tie ball. Another one, this time white tie, is coming up in November. Then there is a white tie Christmas Ball in December, a regimental mess dinner, a black tie Christmas party, Christmas Eve at my parents’ house, the New Year’s Eve ball, and then ball season starts in Vienna, Austria. I live in the UK, so it’s only a 75-minute flight from London to Vienna. When I lived in Vienna, we would attend a dozen or more balls per season, but now we make it a long weekend (Wednesday through Monday), and squeeze in three balls along with visiting friends. Then there are some theatre/opera performances including Glyndebourne, the Royal Caledonian Ball, the Summer Ball, an embassy/consular ball, and the cycle starts anew. 


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