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Old December 7th, 2006, 09:33 PM
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Reading thru the posts, I notice alot of conversation regarding men wearing black tux, etc.

Are cocktail dresses or long dresses always black? I plan on wearing a pale blue 2 piece gown on my next cruise for formal night. My husband prefers that I wear different colors sometimes other than the tradional black you see at every dress-up event. I agree, I might wear black to a funeral but not on a cruise!

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Reading thru the posts, I notice alot of conversation regarding men wearing black tux, etc.

Are cocktail dresses or long dresses always black? I plan on wearing a pale blue 2 piece gown on my next cruise for formal night. My husband prefers that I wear different colors sometimes other than the tradional black you see at every dress-up event. I agree, I might wear black to a funeral but not on a cruise!

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Well, in proper usage, a "tuxedo" is a specific style of black dinner jacket that takes its name from the Tuxedo Club, where it made its debut, and it's always worn as part of a "black tie" outfit. Thus, "black tuxedo" is redundant because all tuxedos are black.

That said, the "dinner jacket" of a "black tie" outfit does NOT have to be a tuxedo. Other styles and colors are quite proper, though white and pastel dinner jackets are usually reserved for wear in warm weather. Since most cruises are either in the summer or in the tropics, white or pastel dinner jackets are quite appropriate.

A lady's formal dress also need not be black, though black certainly is quite stylish. White and pastel colors are usually reserved for wear in warmer climes, as with men's dinner jackets, but deeper colors like scaret, Kelly green, brown, and royal blue are proper at any time of year. Again, most cruises are either in the summer or in the tropics where white and pastel dresses would be quite appropriate. Indeed, your pale blue gown sounds quite appropriate!

Have a wonderful cruise!

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No, "formal" doesn't necessarily mean black, you can wear any color and length. I usually pack someting black, just because I have a few traditional black dresses, but what you have sounds lovely as well, enjoy your cruise.
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by no means! my formal dress is ruby red!! Your outfit sounds beautiful, if you want to wear color by all means go for it.
As for the men, most men will be wearing dark suits - black, navy, charcoal, brown or tuxedos.
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Most of my formal attire is black, but only because I am fluffy and feel that I wear that better than other colors. That being said, I absolutely LOVE to see "color" on the formal evenings.
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My formal wear is based on dressy black pants with different colored tops. I just find it easier to pack that way. I'm also packing white linen pants and a pair of beige linen pants for casual and semi-formal nights.

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I have dress jackets that are different colors and when I wear my tux, I have different colored ties to wear.
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