At an anniversary party, you do not wear clothes, you wear an outfit. Start by reading the invitation, which states what the dress code for the party is. For most annual balls or other events, festive attire with academic arrangements applies. In practice, this means a white tie or dark suit / long dress. Academic badges of distinction, nation band, etc. are being worn in with the outfits. The white tie or long dress can in any context be replaced with a folk costume.
White ties are used at academic parties, formal evening occasions, and academic day events (e.g., dissertations and promotions). The white tie consists of a black tailcoat and black trousers with black lapels. The tailcoat is accompanied by a white dress shirt, white bow tie, and white waistcoat.
The big problem with the tailcoat is the buttons because they are removable, i.e., easy to both lose and forget. Small tailcoat buttons are usually used for the white dress shirt, but these can be replaced with special buttons (e.g., associations can have buttons with their own seal).
For white ties, black, long socks are worn, so long that the leg is never visible. The shoes should also be black, they should be festive, and the material is either leather or patent.
Remember the goloshes if the weather is bad and you don’t want wet feet all evening. When you are outdoors, you can wear a long dark coat or a festive dark cape on top of the white tie.
The scarf should always be white. White gloves and a black hat can also be worn. These are worn together or not at all. When entering the ballroom, these are left in the cloakroom; no hats in the banquet hall!
You do not wear wristwatches with a white tie. Instead, you can, e.g., have a pocket watch.
The dark suit is black or dark blue. For the dark suit, wear a white shirt and a discreet tie (forget the Hawaii pattern and South Park).
As for shoes and socks, the rule is the same as when wearing a white tie. With a dark suit, you can wear a watch but not white gloves.
There are both evening dresses and ball dresses, but the main thing is that the dress is below the knees and that it is dignified. Traditionally, the dress should reach all the way down to the shoe so that the calves are fully covered. It does not matter what colour or material the dress is made of, the main thing is that it is festive. The length of the dress can vary from sleeveless to long sleeves.
Traditionally, shoulders are kept covered until the evening programme begins, i.e. until you sit down at the table. You can cover your shoulders with a shawl, bolero or other festive jacket.
Evening dresses go well with gloves, which can be long or short and in almost any colour. The shoes are festive heels or sandals. However, remember that it is wise to wear comfortable shoes to make dancing more fun. We recommend a small and convenient handbag.
If you want to wear a watch, it should be discreet and festive. You can choose jewellery according to your own taste. Remember that bracelets and rings are worn on top of gloves (except for engagement and wedding rings). A formal hairstyle should be worn with the dress; the rule is that the neck should be visible when the hair is up, but if you prefer to have your hair down it is of course up to you. The hairstyle can be further embellished with buckles, ribbons or flowers whether up or down. Ladies do not wear a headdress at evening events unless it is part of a folk costume.