Dress Code for the Navy Ball

We want to respect our hosts, the Central Florida Navy League, and the traditions of the Navy Ball, so the dress code is important. Please use these guidelines to plan for the occasion.


If you are retired from the Navy and wish to wear your formal dress or dinner dress uniform, please follow US Navy Uniform Regulations (NAVPERS 15665I), Section 10, Article 61002. Grooming and weight standards must also meet those of active duty personnel.


Veterans and Guests

You may wear formalwear (civilian dinner dress or black tie, which means a tuxedo with a dark bow tie) or a dark suit with a dark necktie.

EXAMPLES: Tux with black tie, dark suit

tuxedo dark suit

What NOT to wear:

EXAMPLES: Prom-style or sports jacket

White tux sports jacket


Veterans and Guests

Formalwear, also known as evening wear, consists of a full-length or tea-length (below the knee) dress in good taste and not overly revealing (no plunging necks or backs). Cocktail dresses are normally too short or revealing to fit in this category. Sleeveless is acceptable but strapless is discouraged. Alternatively, a blouse and skirt set in full-length or tea-length is appropriate, as is a pantsuit—as long as it is formal in nature.

EXAMPLES: Full-length, jacketed, tea-length, formal blouse and skirt set, or pantsuit

Gown GownJacketed gownJacketed gownTea-length gownGownSkirt setSkirt setPantsuit

What NOT to wear:

EXAMPLES: Little black dress, cocktail dress, anything too revealing, or prom-style

little black dresscocktail dressToo revealingShort dressFlouncy dress



Refer to Section 10, Article 61002 of NAVPERS 15665I  or Section 3, Article 5303 of the Navy Uniform Regulations.