Sandhurst company dinner night dress code-HELP!

#1
We have been invited to a company dinner night by our offspring in second term at Sandhurst.
His only info is that "dad will need a tux".....& it is only a few weeks away.
What should we wear? I'm guessing dinner jacket and ?? bow tie for men. Should ladies wear a floor lenghth dress (panic, I don't have one) party like frock or what?
All sensible advice much appreciated!
 
#2
Reggie rugby top, Ron Hills, white stilletoes. Jobbedy job, job jobbed. You'll fit right in.
 
#3
We have been invited to a company dinner night by our offspring in second term at Sandhurst.
His only info is that "dad will need a tux".....& it is only a few weeks away.
What should we wear? I'm guessing dinner jacket and ?? bow tie for men. Should ladies wear a floor lenghth dress (panic, I don't have one) party like frock or what?
All sensible advice much appreciated!
Good luck! Relax a bit, you've many years ahead of you. The first rule of life is it's hard to overdress!

I am misogynistic and don't care for women in the army. Personally, I like you, but stick to the WRAC.
 
#4
Pater should wear tuxedo with black tie, mater a floor length dress with shoulders covered. HTH
 
#8
Apart from terminology, just what is the difference between a Tux and black tie/dinner jacket?
 
#10
answering a question with a question, isn't there a word for that? (Damn i just answered a question that was answering a question, with a question).
 
#12
Is it not a case that a tuxedo had a shawl collar (and is a filthy American-ism) and a dinner jacket has peaked lapels?
Not really, A Tuxedo is the American term for a dinner jacket. But whatever they are called they can have a notched, shawl, or peaked lapel. Though I would say a single breasted peaked lapel with crossgrain lapels, black u shaped, waistcoat, braided trim on, trousers, jetted pockets an NO vents lessens the chance of being mistaken for a waiter.

Black Tie Guide | Introduction: Instructions

I was a salesman at Mens Wearhouse while I was a student.
 
#13
To answer the original question: Wear a Dinner Jacket (known as 'Black Tie'). Wear it with a soft fronted Marcella shirt and black self-tied bow tie. Wear some black shoes, highly polished (or, if you're a Nancy or in the Air Force, wear some dreadful patent leather things - yuk.) Ask your son how to polish shoes, or if you're clever, get him to do it for you.

Have a cracking evening. I remember mine fondly; I invited my Uncle (who is also my God Father). He had been thrown out of Sandhurst 20 odd years earlier for flooding the Indian Army Room.... but that's another story. He was no better behaved after the dinner having turned up with several bottles of whisky in his suitcase saying 'as you know young Queen'sman, I like a nightcap'. Guess what? Yep, the wheel came off. Badly...... but that's another story.
 

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#14
please dont worry , they will give you an apron and white jacket when you get there .
 
#15
Is it not a case that a tuxedo had a shawl collar (and is a filthy American-ism) and a dinner jacket has peaked lapels?
There's no difference. Tuxedo is a filthy American-ism though. Both collar types look good!

Men:
Dinner Jacket & Trousers
Black Bow Tie
Dress shirt
Waist: either waistcoat or cummerbund, or keep it buttoned!
Well-polished shoes.

Ladies:
Sorry, never worked it out...my OC's theory was the more leg the better, but RMAS probably has different ideas.
 
#16
Not really, A Tuxedo is the American term for a dinner jacket. But whatever they are called they can have a notched, shawl, or peaked lapel. Though I would say a single breasted peaked lapel with crossgrain lapels, black u shaped, waistcoat, braided trim on, trousers, jetted pockets an NO vents lessens the chance of being mistaken for a waiter.

Black Tie Guide | Introduction: Instructions

I was a salesman at Mens Wearhouse while I was a student.
Such a good website!
 
#19
Tuxedo ......... I presume your "off spring" has lofty ambitions to join the RLC or the R Signals.

Instruct your "ova 'alf" to leave his sovereign rings at home and not to give it any "cor blimey china". Conservative Dinner Jacket and FFS not a wing collar - very footballers wives. Proper bow tie and not a different colour, certainly not a ready made tie unless you want your offspring's life to be misery. I presume your "ova 'half" will need to hire his "tux" - the poor fit will stand out like a beacon amongst those that have properly cut DJs, but don't let that bother you too much, you will be a novelty.

Mum - as above and conservative any hint of tartiness will only lead you your "offspring" being persucuted by the young men destined for Regiments that don't have YO's mothers asking basic questions about dress on internet forums. Remember, you are not on show, your "offspring" is being assessed..... but won't know it. So, little or no cleavage, unless you want to be the subject of sport and sniggers.

Oh and don't turn up in the "work car"........ black cabs should never be driven by guests.

Enjoy yourself and take some photos ....... the family will reflect for years to come on the night that Gran went to Sandhurst for a knees up.

Oi, Oi! Loverly jubberly.
 
#20
Calm down Hootch, she's only asking - not everybody in this world knows the ins and outs! I'd make sure to do it justice too if I were in her place. Although, good advice in general.
 

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