Hi folks. I'm a TA subaltern (and fully prepared for stick), looking at getting mess dress for the first time. I was wondering what the custom is in wearing mess dress to civillian dinners and balls where the order of dress is black tie. I know the RN tend to, I see a lot of them wandering about my uni going to all sorts of functions, but not so much army. Is it dependent on anything (like not looking like a mong when wearing it, for instance)? Reason being, I hear the local pacifists are putting on an event in collaboration with the Guardian and I wanted to know what I ought to wear.