Mess Dress V Suits

#1
That time of year again when i find that we are voting for which dress to wear at the XMAS Ball at the recent Mess Meeting.

Needless to say the suits have won again. This makes me bitterley dissapointed, year after year the same pattern and its usually voted against Mess Dress by the very Mess members that only turn up at the Mess when its a scale A and then slip off after an hour.

Any Views?
 
#2
Ask the RSM to stop asking the question then.
 
#3
Thats democracy for you, (and how often do I hear it said that the British Army isn't a Democracy?)
I always got annoyed in various Cpls Messes where LCpls (male) were expected to fork out for mess dress as soon as they were wearing the tape. Now bearing in mind this had to be done before they had experienced any pay increase to cover the several hundred pounds needed to cover it, yet femlae members of the mess got away with wearing a dress and not forking out for mess dress (for some of them this was probably a shock in itself and as for Rose in a dress, that was a shock for the rest of us)
 
#5
bovvyblonde said:
Hey, post a pic of you modelling the 2 options and we'll decide which looks best.

Okay, Option 1 will be worn in clouds on Thursday option 2 on friday!!
 
#7
Personally i always think mess dress looks very smart, better than a suit.
 
#9
I still haven't gotten around to buying mess dress since I've became a SNCO almost 2 years ago as I've always been away whenever any functions were on.

At least you Army lot have got a decent choice of mess tailors! We haven't!!
 
#10
Mess dress does look a lot smarter than suits but you sweat like a right fat boy when you are wearing them. It does hack me off when people just slope off at the end of a mess meting without having a drink or waiting for the RSM to leave (or asking the RSM for permission to leave). Thats a bit hardcore that JNCOs had to buy mess dress. That is a lot of money for a newly promoted LCpl to shell out. It's bad that guys had to shell out and not the girls.
 
#11
fingers_1661 said:
Mess dress was the most expensive pyjamas I ever wore (I couldn't get the f****** thing off when I was p*ssed!)

Yer not kidding! I could (probably) get the trousers off if it wasn't for those pesky boots! So usually end up trousers round ankles boots still on in bed! 8O



Marky5503 said:
Summer Functions suits, Winter do's mess dress....
Spot on! Love mess dress but leave it for the colder months! :D
 
#12
Got to be summer Fancy dress/theme, Winter Military drinking suit.

F*ck voting, the mess president just dictates, don’t like it, hand the tapes in and don’t take he extra pay.

Just can’t be doing with f*cking moaning shirking bast*rds. If you don’t like the tradition, rules, responsibility. Don’t take the fu*cking promotion in the first place.

Getting fed up of bleating c*nts writing to soldier mag month after month whinging about having to attend mess functions after half 2 in the afternoon, or having to pay mess subscriptions or buy mess kit or on & on & on.

Never complain about the 90 pence a pint though!!!!!! Not that the f*ckers ever stay in the place long enough to know how much anything costs.

AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH

And Breath
 
#13
CAARPS said:
Got to be summer Fancy dress/theme, Winter Military drinking suit.

F*ck voting, the mess president just dictates, don’t like it, hand the tapes in and don’t take he extra pay.

Just can’t be doing with f*cking moaning shirking bast*rds. If you don’t like the tradition, rules, responsibility. Don’t take the fu*cking promotion in the first place.

Getting fed up of bleating c*nts writing to soldier mag month after month whinging about having to attend mess functions after half 2 in the afternoon, or having to pay mess subscriptions or buy mess kit or on & on & on.

Never complain about the 90 pence a pint though!!!!!! Not that the f*ckers ever stay in the place long enough to know how much anything costs.

AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHH

And Breath
Nice one!
 
#14
Marky5503 said:
Summer Functions suits, Winter do's mess dress....
Happy with that, until someone decided to do it the other way round. Man did I sweat for a fat bloke at christmas, could have put the turkey to shame.
 
#15
Dont want to sound like an old fudder but Mess Dress mixed with all of the glittery Xmas stuff just goes well. So what about the photos at the end of the night in front of the tree etc - what would you rather be in, your ol' burtons 70 quid special of your mess dress?

And to be equal - do the female guests have an option on what to wear?!

Mess dress for winter - definately.
 
#17
fingers_1661 said:
signet said:
Personally i always think mess dress looks very smart, better than a suit.

Mess dress was the most expensive pyjamas I ever wore (I couldn't get the f****** thing off when I was p*ssed!)
:lol: One of the funniest remarks I've read on ARRSE!

Personally, Mess Dress everytime. Anyone can dress up in a suit like a civvy. One problem though, what slim chaps like me (ex) add a third of their body weight!
 
#19
Wives and girlfriends like Mess Kit - it gives them the chance to buy the very expensive frock, which you will pay for!

Suit and tie gives wives a chance to get dressed up, but not as expensively, and when you've bought your wife some very expensive jewellery (at her prompting) it's nice to have an environmnent where she can wear it!

Continual wearing of suits for Mess events are even worse for TA blokes - we get relatively few social opportunities to wear Mess Kit, that eventually a Mess Member is going to propose that we lose Mess Kit in favour of a dinner jacket and a Regimental cummerbund.

On a side point...

Just who is on the Dress Committee that decides on what Mess Kit to wear?

Infantry style jacket and shirt, with bow tie was great - trousers shrink in the wash (ahem) and you can let them out, and get a shirt the next size up.

Cavalry style strait jacket and bib require effort to get into and out of! And when it shrinks, the tailor is quids in!
 
#20
Mess dress without a shadow of a doubt. Unless you are 2RTR, in which case, anything in Burberry will suffice !
 
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