Summer balls were indeed the preserve of Mess Kit and Long Dresses when I first joined the Regiment and over the years you could argue that standards have dropped. But lets not blame the grown ups too much, after all its usually the Junior Officers who wish the ball could be in Fancy Dress or with a suitable theme. Some of whom even own suits with no vents! Black Tie does seem to be the norm in Corps and Junior Regiments these days even if it does make it look like a Round Table or Rotary Club do. I have to say I prefer White Tie myself to which the ladies should respond by dressing in an appropriate manner. I will soon be the PMC and can enforce these codes by the way. That said I do like the Young Officers Totty in short, but please only at Mess parties.