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Advice needed about the 'rules' on ballgowns please.

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herbietea Wed 05-Aug-09 20:04:35

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getmethechocolate Wed 05-Aug-09 20:16:45

Yes that is usually the rule but you can just do this by wearing a shrug or shawl.Hope that helps.

herbietea Wed 05-Aug-09 20:21:17

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Katymac Wed 05-Aug-09 20:31:05

It's generally for the meal & after you can take it off (non forces)

What about a little jacket?

frAKKINPannikin Wed 05-Aug-09 20:48:19

Oooh I saw a long sleeved, more 3/4 actually, gown the other day. Will see if I can find and link it.

FluffyBunnyGoneBad Wed 05-Aug-09 20:50:08


Herbietea, how's your little one's ankle??

FourArms Wed 05-Aug-09 20:52:39

If I wear a shawl, but need my hands free, I just tie the two ends behind my back, so it's over my shoulders, under my arms, then tied behind my back if that makes sense.

There will doubtless be some people angry who flout the rules and get away with it, but I always prefer to be correctly dressed, at least at the start.

herbietea Wed 05-Aug-09 21:04:25

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FluffyBunnyGoneBad Wed 05-Aug-09 21:05:53

(sigh) Poor lad. I hope he's on the mend soon.

Berryred Wed 12-Aug-09 19:53:31

moonson do some lovely shawls that tie at the front, so then you don't have to try and eat with your arms fighting with the shawl tied behind your back grin

scottishmummy Wed 12-Aug-09 19:56:02

oh that sounds nice.chance to wear a lovely dress - monsoon are super for accessories lovely wraps etc

congrats on Dh promotion

scaryteacher Sat 22-Aug-09 22:12:54

I cover my shoulders for a Ladies Night, but have never bothered for a ball. Strapless and uncovered shoulders are OK for balls...just make sure your armpits are smooth and shaved!

jcscot Sun 23-Aug-09 10:25:03

Formal dinners - cover shoulders, balls coverings are optional - well, that's what applied in the Messes we've been in. Mind you, I always carried a wrap/shawl just in case I needed to fling it over my shoulders at the last minute.

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