In my last article ya’ll, I gave you my three R’s for dressing appropriately for an Army event. Well what I didn’t explain was how ya’ll can decode the code based on what uniform your husband is wearin’. Here are my examples- all these outfits you can find at your local Macy’s or online at Macys.com.
If your husband is wearing his Dress Mess Uniform; usually referred to as Dress Blues or Class A, with a white shirt, either black or white bow tie, and mini medals- it’s a formal event. The invitation will usually be for a military ball or White House ceremony.
You should be wearing a formal gown. The rule of thumb is that it must be long enough to touch the floor and should cover your modesty along with any other parts reserved for the bedroom. Here is a lovely gown from Macy’s.
If your husband is wearing his Class A Uniform; usually referred to as Dress Blues with a white shirt, black necktie, and ribbons- it’s a semi-formal event. The bow tie and medals are used only if the event is formal. The invitation will be for a Dining Out or Command Dinner.
You should wear a cocktail dress. A cocktail dress can be shorter than a formal gown. Tea length or just above the knee is a good length for a cocktail dress. If you wouldn’t wear it on a Sunday to church with your Grandma, don’t wear it to a Dining Out. Here is a nice cocktail dress with a young style to it at Macy’s.
If your husband is wearing a Class B Uniform; used to be referred to as the Dress Greens, now it’s called the Class B uniform with a white shirt, black necktie, and with or without a jacket or sweater- it’s a business event. The invitation will be for a Change of Command or an FRG tea party.
You should wear a dress or pant suit appropriate for working in a bank or other conservative work place. Here are some examples of appropriate attire to match the Class B uniform. A nice dress or pant suit you can find at Macy’s.
If your husband is wearing his ACU’s, Army Combat Uniform; camouflage jacket, pants, combat boots and t-shirt. The invitation will likely be for a unit barbecue or company picnic.
You should wear comfortable and casual clothes. A t-shirt with some nice shorts, a sundress, or jeans are all appropriate. Keep the Reserved rule in mind though- a tube top and Daisy dukes are never appropriate for a military event. And casual never means dirty or full of holes. More fabric is always better. Here are some cute shorts, t-shirt and dress for an event all from Macy’s.
As long as ya’ll remember the three R’s- Respect, Reserved and Read you can’t go wrong. The other way to dress well for an event is to match your outfit to the uniform your husband is wearin’. Above all have fun, dress comfortably and remember that the traditions, ceremony and protocol are the focus- how you’re dressed should not be!