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What do I wear to a ball?

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Formal balls, like a military ball or the Met ball, require formal wear and may be labeled as a white tie or black tie event. There are differences between white tie and black tie events, so it is important to know which type of dress the ball requires.

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Black tie events for men mean wearing a black tuxedo with a white shirt, black bow tie, cuff links, black leather shoes and a vest or cummerbund. Women may wear a long, formal gown or a short cocktail dress that complements their date.

White tie events for men mean wearing a black tail coat with a white shirt, white vest, white bow tie and white gloves. Women should wear floor-length gowns with optional long gloves.

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