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  • Hunt Ball Attire for Men

    The invitation indicates that it's not super-formal just "frock and stock" or "blazer and bow". What do those terms mean?
    Yes, I know how to spell. I'm using freespeling!

    freespeling

  • #2
    A frock Coat with a stock tie or

    A coat with bow tie. I read that to mean a tuxedo. But thats what the hunt balls were like for me.

    Anyone else??

    ~Emily
    "Courage is not the absence of fear but rather the judgment that something is more important than fear. The brave may not live forever but the cautious do not live at all." ~2001 The Princess Diaries

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      #3
      I guess I'm not clear on what a frock coat is. I've google-imaged the term but got back a number of different things. It's not a regular hunting coat is it -- that would be too simple!
      Yes, I know how to spell. I'm using freespeling!

      freespeling

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      • #4
        Sounds a lot like tea on the lawn!
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        • #5
          Ya got me, I've never received a hunt ball invitation containing those terms.

          They were, back in the day, white tie, scarlet if convenient. More lately, black tie, scarlet if convenient (though scarlet is actually the moral equivalent of white tie, black tie being down a peg).

          I guess I would interpret 'frock and stock' or 'blazer and bow' to be further on down the dress attire list. 'Informal' is of course business suits for men. Blazers, well, that's casual by traditional dress standards. But if my 'date' is wearing a blazer or business suit I'm for darn sure not wearing an evening gown! Frock and stock is hunting attire, and One Wouldn't wear hunting attire to a ball.

          Sigh. Just get the guy to rent white tie, and dress to the nines, and enjoy that experience. It's too rare these days.

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          • #6
            I just usually were a tux with black tie. That would be safe.

            You could always ask a hunt member for advice.

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            • #7
              Originally posted by wanabe View Post
              The invitation indicates that it's not super-formal just "frock and stock" or "blazer and bow". What do those terms mean?
              Why don't you just call the hunt secretary and ASK what she meant by those cutesy terms?

              Really, it's not a ball if people are showing up in blazers! and half the pleasure of going to the hunt ball is seeing how beautiful and glamorous everyone looks when not covered with mud.

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              • #8
                ummmm...my vote is....

                Just coat & tie? both phrases mean that to me I guess.....But I'm betting overdressing with a tux would be fun. James Bond-like! Awww..come on...go for it!!

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                • #9
                  http://productionacres.com/photo_gallery.htm

                  pic #10 was us in 2004 with the Tennessee Valley Hunt...as I recall the Brits were visiting as well and you had kilts and uniforms and all sorts of wonderful things...

                  best
                  Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                  I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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                  • #10
                    Tamara - that photo is great! (as are all the others). A tux and a cowboy hat - I love it! Move over, James Bond!

                    wanabe - I'm sure you'd look just fine in a tux. Simple and elegant. You have western riders in your hunt, right? Maybe the language in the invitation is meant to reflect that, and to make western riding members not feel they have to go out and purchase english style formal hunting attire/scarlet just for a ball. I'd not go to the considerable expense of purchasing a hunting frock just for a dressy "civilian" occasion.

                    I hope everyone has a great time!
                    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                    -Rudyard Kipling

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                    • Original Poster

                      #11
                      Beverley, I AM the guy! And with the economy in melt-down I've adopted a bunker mentality and won't go if I don't have in my closet what I can wear (and I don't own a tuxedo).

                      I have emailed the ball hosts back and he (and she) don't answer -- maybe they will eventually.

                      Jessica, we actually have no Western MEMBERS -- just some occasional cappers.

                      I thought he was using terms that would be familiar to those in the hunting forum, but apparently not!
                      Yes, I know how to spell. I'm using freespeling!

                      freespeling

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                      • #12
                        Since it's a bit less formal just wear something nice and dressy unless the folks in your club tell you different. I'm sure they'll answer eventually.

                        Have fun!
                        Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                        Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                        -Rudyard Kipling

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Beverley View Post
                          Ya got me, I've never received a hunt ball invitation containing those terms.

                          They were, back in the day, white tie, scarlet if convenient. More lately, black tie, scarlet if convenient (though scarlet is actually the moral equivalent of white tie, black tie being down a peg).

                          I guess I would interpret 'frock and stock' or 'blazer and bow' to be further on down the dress attire list. 'Informal' is of course business suits for men. Blazers, well, that's casual by traditional dress standards. But if my 'date' is wearing a blazer or business suit I'm for darn sure not wearing an evening gown! Frock and stock is hunting attire, and One Wouldn't wear hunting attire to a ball.

                          Sigh. Just get the guy to rent white tie, and dress to the nines, and enjoy that experience. It's too rare these days.

                          Way back when, a tuxedo was considered informal, formal attire being white tie and tails.

                          But these days everything is getting more casual.
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Ravencrest_Camp View Post
                            Way back when, a tuxedo was considered informal, formal attire being white tie and tails.

                            But these days everything is getting more casual.
                            I believe "The Hunt Ball," that happens after the Maryland Hunt Cup, is still white tie only.

                            As for other hunt balls, I have seen mostly tuxes, some white tie, some black, very rarely (if ever) have I seen a suit. I have seen women getting a bit more relaxed on attire, wearing knee length dresses and just throwing their hair in a ponytail. I, however, kind of like being able to get fancied up sometimes, and like the floor length dresses and the make-up and "fancy" hair (which for me is usually curled, or if I really have time, done by a friend in an updo).

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                            • #15
                              Tamara - that photo is great! (as are all the others). A tux and a cowboy hat - I love it! Move over, James Bond!
                              he can be very sexy when he wants to...as a friend says we "clean up" nice...but it's the rare occasion for sure
                              Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                              I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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                              • #16
                                Originally posted by wanabe View Post
                                Beverley, I AM the guy! And with the economy in melt-down I've adopted a bunker mentality and won't go if I don't have in my closet what I can wear (and I don't own a tuxedo).
                                Yeah, sorry, so I perceived after I hit the send button. And I do feel your pain on things economic. So I am going to say that your presence at the ball is more important than your attire, given the vagaries of the invite. Don't worry about an answer from the hosts. Got a blazer? Got a bow tie? If yes to the first and no to the second, well, THAT doesn't cost much (I will hold out for a real bow tie, not a clip-on, and don't tell me I'm gonna have to come down there and teach you how to tie it), then go for the blazer and bow and you will, in fact, be in full compliance with the turnout specifications on the invite. If when you get there you have any qualms, just make sure everybody gets well lubricated, they won't remember anything anyway.

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                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by Equibrit View Post
                                  Sounds a lot like tea on the lawn!
                                  Very true. Pimms, anyone?

                                  (isn't that order of dress called "planters' order," and meant for daylight only?)

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                                  • #18
                                    It's not just hunt balls that now have indecipherable dress codes. Fashion fora all over the web are filled with "What do you think this means" threads from those who have received invitations from creative but ill-informed hostesses.
                                    Since they seem to be wanting less formal, "blazer and bow" sounds like a faculty function - tweeds, cords, wing tips and bow ties. I can't imagine anyone wearing a frock coat (which is cut different and is more formal than a traditional hunt coat) to a dinner of any kind - we even exchange those after a hunt for tweed when we go to breakfast!
                                    There is no shame in over dressing for what should be a formal event.

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                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Good Old Sledge View Post
                                      It's not just hunt balls that now have indecipherable dress codes.
                                      There is no shame in over dressing for what should be a formal event.
                                      and as I recall from formal manners,if one does show up REALLY overdressed the hostess is to make them comfortable by saying "wow you are going to a really nice affair once you leave here"

                                      I think it's be hard to overdress for a "ball"....it is after all a grownup dressup party

                                      best
                                      Production Acres,Pro A Welsh Cobs
                                      I am one of the last 210,000 remaining full time farmers in America.We feed the others.

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                                      • #20
                                        Hmmmm, I haven't worn pants to a Hunt Ball in years....

                                        Usually the Kilt outfit Black Tie equivalent (black Argyll with bow tie). One year I wore the White Tie outfit (high neck Montrose with lace tie and cuffs) but it seemed to scare the hell out of people and people sorta avoided me that night...well, it could have been the formal wear Dirk (short sword) hanging on my belt. Yup, I love formal wear that features the wearing of weapons.


                                        /before that I wore an onion on my belt, which was the style at the time...

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