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Hunt Ball attire question

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  • Hunt Ball attire question

    Having never been to one, I got to thinking...

    When the invite says "scarlet if convenient," is that for all gentlemen whether or not they have colors? Or would the gents who haven't earned their colors just wear white tie?
    ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~

  • #2
    UMMV formal ball

    formal military uniform or white tie for gentlemen, scarlet tails are only for those with colors.
    but check the invitation for other variation.
    more hay, less grain


    • #3
      As above, just white tie or military uniform for the gentlemen who have not earned their colors yet.
      Cherry Blossom Farm - Show & Field Hunters, Side Saddles


      • #4
        Originally posted by SidesaddleRider View Post
        As above, just white tie or military uniform for the gentlemen who have not earned their colors yet.
        I don't think I have ever heard the phrase "just white tie" before.


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by tangledweb View Post
          I don't think I have ever heard the phrase "just white tie" before.
          I know, it sounds so odd! As if the whole kit is just something everyone's got hanging in the closet.

          Thanks for the answers.

          Hope I get to attend a hunt ball at some point in my life! I've got some evening gowns that could stand to see the "light of day" once more.
          ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~


          • #6
            What would attire be for ladies? This is my first year hunting.


            • #7
              think prom dress

              I'm in college, so I reused by HS prom dress for this.

              Here's a pic of my MFH, another member, and me getting ready to head out to the ball:

              incase you bring one of these, you need to know how to dress it up : http://tblitz.myphotoalbum.com/view_..._33255856_5737


              • #8
                generally speaking

                ladies dresses are long and in black or white
                or what ever the masters want
                more hay, less grain


                • #9
                  Last hunt ball I went to I wore a dress like this:

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                  • #10
                    I haven't worn pants to a hunt ball in years. I wear a kilt.

                    Except for Rappahanock's Casino Royale last year. Worn conventional Black Tie to get into the James Bond mindset for the evening....


                    • Original Poster

                      Originally posted by kookicat View Post
                      Last hunt ball I went to I wore a dress like this:

                      Beautiful dress...love that Grecian style.
                      ~ Horse Box Lovers Clique ~


                      • #12
                        I bought my husband a white tie kit on ebay for $100. It's less than the rental and you don't have to worry about picking it up and returning it.

                        Here's photos from one of our hunt balls


                        Be warned, some hunt balls (like ours) the ladies must wear either black, white, gold, silver or a combination. There's always some poor fool in a blue or green dress so make sure you ask someone that would know.
                        -Painted Wings

                        Set youself apart from the crowd, ride a paint horse, you're sure to be spotted


                        • #13
                          Originally posted by TBlitz View Post

                          incase you bring one of these, you need to know how to dress it up : http://tblitz.myphotoalbum.com/view_..._33255856_5737
                          That is absolutely hysterical! I think those need to be the centerpieces on the tables...LOL!
                          Barbara www.customstockties.com
                          Tulsa-QH; Schnickelfritz-Holsteiner; Atikus-Danish Warmblood; Buddy-QH/TB; Winston-Shire; Thomas-Percheron/TB; Mac-Belgian Draft, gone but never forgotten


                          • #14

                            In ole Virginny; hunt balls are well attended and women wear formal dress and most are in colors in other words it's not black/white for women and it's most often black tie so men wear tuxedo's!

                            Some musts for women going to hunt balls!
                            - A hair updo!! The poofier the better! Lotsa pins & teasing & spray so you can't move your hair for 3-4 days! Looks SUPER when you take your helmet off the next day when you're hunting with a hangover!!
                            - A long formal that can be strapless. No trains as you'll be dancing ya know. Off the shoulder good. Shiney, froo-froo fabric, chiffon, layers, etc but it HAS to make you look thinner & younger & sexy!! Price is no object! Lowcut is good so your fellow hunt members learn something extra they didn't know about you!
                            - Lotsa jewelry! Break out the rhinestones, drop earrings, big coctail rings, anything your mom/grandma left you and you never have a chance to wear anywhere else! More is better! Nothing small & tasteful! You wanna stand out!
                            - A tiara! If you're brave & beautiful! OR...you're the Hilltopping Queen!!
                            - Strappy, shiney, fancy pumps with high heels that make your legs ache and make you walk funny!
                            - Eye shadow, makeup, false eyelashes (only if you're good at it! ) and OMG! Lipstick!! In a color!!!
                            - a stole or wrap but fur is gauche and for cryin' out loud NO fox!! I wore a feather boa once - just once! Everyone wanted to come over and pet my chicken feathers!!
                            - Perfume! Afterall, you don't wanna smell like a barn!!
                            oh I could go on & on! Your best accessory is a handsome, tuxedo'd man on your arm!!


                            • #15
                              Originally posted by Painted Wings View Post
                              Here's photos from one of our hunt balls
                              ahh... back when JW had hair that was only one color! ;-)