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Garden party dress question.

#21
I hope you don't mind if I jump on with my own question. I have been invited to an Embassy evening reception where the dress is national dress or suits with decorations. This is a new one on me; I'm happy with the idea of black tie and miniatures, but - other than remembrance day - I have never worn medals with a suit. As it's evening should I wear miniatures? Also, what is UK national dress? (google shows pearly kings and beefeaters..)
Ah, This one I can play! I have full Jock evening rig with black Prince Charlie jacket. If a military or RNA bash, I wear A miniature (!) and miniature Dolphins. 'They' always ask what the Dolphins are!
 

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#22
Ah, This one I can play! I have full Jock evening rig with black Prince Charlie jacket. If a military or RNA bash, I wear A miniature (!) and miniature Dolphins. 'They' always ask what the Dolphins are!
Thanks, but I am neither Scottish, nor a submariner.. If it was evening rig I'd be happy, but lounge suit is a bit more perplexing
 

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#25
I did search, but didn't find any answer for my query.

Today I have received an invitation to the British Embassy Garden Party in Madrid to celebrate the Royal Wedding. The invitation states 'Dress code: Garden Party'.

Now I'm assuming this doesn't mean faded shorts, flip flops and a garish shirt! Do any of you old colonial types have any advice re- my sartorial elegance? Linen suit and Panama?

I could do 'Jock in a frock with a knife in the sock' but that seems too excessive!
I think something short and clingy is the way to go.

 
#27
I hope you don't mind if I jump on with my own question. I have been invited to an Embassy evening reception where the dress is national dress or suits with decorations. This is a new one on me; I'm happy with the idea of black tie and miniatures, but - other than remembrance day - I have never worn medals with a suit. As it's evening should I wear miniatures? Also, what is UK national dress? (google shows pearly kings and beefeaters..)
Having enjoyed a few such occasions and endured many more:
To the OP - easy, No2s or No4s if serving, otherwise a decent suit and tie appropriate to the climate.
To Napier - I’m pretty sure that, in this case, decorations means High Orders that are worn around the neck but not a rack on the breast pocket. In your shoes, I would phone the Defence Section for their advice.
 

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#28
Having enjoyed a few such occasions and endured many more:
To the OP - easy, No2s or No4s if serving, otherwise a decent suit and tie appropriate to the climate.
To Napier - I’m pretty sure that, in this case, decorations means High Orders that are worn around the neck but not a rack on the breast pocket. In your shoes, I would phone the Defence Section for their advice.
I thought that might be the case, I'll leave my Blue Peter badge at home but will wear this
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#30
Google #qbpmadrid2017

The Twitter results show what guests wore last year. Looks just like our one. There is a move away from old and bold to hip and vibrant. Hardly any women wear hats now and dress is much more relaxed than formal.

Enjoy the food and drink. It's a showcase for the best of British. There may well be a military band and sunset ceremony.

The thème for us this year is RAF 100.
 
#32
Business suit, linen suit or chinos and blazer. I've seen kilts and national dress. Some guests like to wear their decorations.

If taking a female guest with you, make sure she has perfected the art of walking across a lawn in heels, if there is one.
I suspect the OP has got this one himself down to a tee
 
#36
Google #qbpmadrid2017

The Twitter results show what guests wore last year. Looks just like our one. There is a move away from old and bold to hip and vibrant. Hardly any women wear hats now and dress is much more relaxed than formal.

Enjoy the food and drink. It's a showcase for the best of British. There may well be a military band and sunset ceremony.

The thème for us this year is RAF 100.
So polyester safari suits would be appropriate?
 
#37
Could one not jazz things up a bit & don a fancy dress outfit........a relevant historical figure perhaps.
What about Franco? Go down a storm that, with the locals bound to be there too.
 

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