The dress code for the CUYC Winter Ball is Black Tie (or equivalent Highland or National Dress).
For men, this means a black dinner jacket and trousers (no coloured jackets please) and a white evening shirt with turn-down collar (no wing collars please). The outfit is completed with polished black shoes and a black bow tie. Ideally your bow tie should be self-tied if possible and definitely should only be plain black, please no other colours or patterns. You may wear either a black waistcoat or a cummerbund too if you wish although these items are optional.
For women, black tie means wearing either a long evening gown (dress) or smart evening suit. You may wear whichever colours you like and the only 'restriction' is really that you should be dressed very smartly so please simply be considerate in your dress choice (e.g. if you want to wear a dress with more 'front' then consider also having less 'back' and vice versa). If you want to look particularly smart, you could wear a pashmina or bolero to cover the shoulders to arrive and which can then be removed when seated to dinner. The evening comprises multiple different venues and includes both a ceilidh (scottish dance) and separate dedicated after party - in other words there will be lots of dancing! We will advise nearer the time on if we can organise a cloakroom to store changes of shoes.
For non-binary guests and those who feel uncomfortable being confined to one of the previous dress standards: our goal for the evening is only to get everyone together to have a nice time and celebrate the Club's activities over the past year, in a smart and extravagant way. We do not wish to turn people away for failing to adhere to a dress code and we do not want to make guests uncomfortable. Please dress in a way that makes you feel comfortable to a standard of 'smartness' equivalent to the examples above.
If you have any queries regarding the dress code, please direct these to the Commodore at email@example.com