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“A ball is an occasion of splendor and elegance. To be in keeping with the magnificence of the affair, the costume may be elaborate.”

– The Book of Good Manners, Victor H. Diescher


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“With an evening coat and a white tie, anybody, even a stockbroker, can gain a reputation for being civilized.”

– Oscar Wilde

We request that black suits be worn with a white dress shirt and a black or white tie. “White Tie” and “Black Tie” dress are encouraged. White gloves are optional. For those who would like to purchase a black tie tuxedo or white tie “tails,” the following web-sites are recommended: (This site offers formal-wear for affordable prices.) (This site sells pre-owned garments, as well as new pieces.)


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We request that gowns be floor length. Long white gloves are optional. If you don’t already have a frock in your closet, don’t despair; lovely gowns can be found in all sorts of places – including boutiques, vintage shops and grandmothers’ closets! The key is to start your search early.

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When it comes to your dancing feet, remember that comfort trumps fashion… your dress will outshine (and likely cover) your shoes, anyway!

Any wardrobe questions? Email us.

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