Hi, a few weeks ago my friend received an invitation to a hunt ball but she has no idea what to wear. She has given me the assignment to find out for her. Do people normally get really dressed up for them or is it just sort of casual? It didn't say on the card and she's new to hunting so just thought I'd ask all of you foxhunter extrordinaires
Ours is black tie (I believe most are) so yes people get verrrry dressed up. The majority of the men wear a tux, some in dark suits, those that may wear scarlet tails.
The women you see everything from very dressy cocktail to ball gowns.
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On thing to bear in mind....many gentleman members will be in scarlet and it is best not to wear a loud coloured gown that might clash with them as they preen in their tails; yellow, purple or pink hues immediately come to mind! You will see lots of long black gowns, that is always a safe colour to go with, but there will be jewel tones as well.
It's been a while since I went to a hunt ball, but the invitation should specify the attire. Typically it says 'black tie, scarlet if convenient.' If it were to say 'informal' if times have changed, that would mean business suit for gents, cocktail dresses for ladies.
She should wear a long dress that shows off her figure - if that means a ball gown, fine, if that means a more contemporary gown, even tea length - that's fine too.
Think of what you'd wear to an evening formal wedding - without lots of lace and flowers in the hair. She shouldn't wear red - most women I saw wore black (always safe), or dark jewel tones. She could go with a richer fabrics if she wanted - so velvets would be good, taffeta, silks, etc. Or should could go with a very simple black dress, and liven it up with jewelery - but just one big piece - not lit up like a Christmas Tree.
The women who can pull it off (young, great body) will often go with cocktail dresses.
Our hunt is another one that allows only black, white, silver, or gold for women. Personally I think I would stick to one of these colors regardless of what is allowed. There is usually at least one poor lady there each year with a dress of the wrong color.
Ours is white tie by the way.
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What about a Lady Master in a formal red gown is that proper or a henious crime punishable by death from the fashion police?
I wear red. I am not a Master either. I asked the Masters of the 3 balls that I was worn my red dress to before hand and all have said fine and after seeing me in it have told me to wear it or any dress like it to any of there balls from now on. I look best in Red and wear it any time I can. I did get told my members of the hunt I am with right now that if I worn a red dress I would be asked to not come back the next year that is why I do not go to that ball. As I said I like red!!!
The most outrageously expensive full length ball gown her credit card will stand with an equally ridiculously costly pair of shoes and a silly handbag that is so tiny it can't possibly hold anything other than a lipstick and definitely NO money because of course THAT is why the men are there!
Ours are always formal evening wear so full length ball gowns and for the men either dinner suits or full dress kilts
I have 2 very very lovely (racy, too) red ball gowns. I've worn each to a hunt ball without punishment. In fact, the masters (men) nearly fainted when they saw me. Flattering, but I know all to well how much 'a little lipstick' moves up any horsey girl, from mussed to glam.