What should I wear to the Khaki Ball?

“What should I wear to the Khaki Ball?” is one of the most frequently asked question of the CPO Training Season. According to the Guidelines for Spouses of Chief Petty Officers, a good rule of thumb is to “dress to the uniform.” The service khaki uniform is considered a daily wear uniform so it would be appropriate to wear a dressy dress or pantsuit. Here are a few examples:

CPO Khaki Ball

CPO Khaki Ball

CPO Khaki Ball

Should your installation decide to have a Chief’s Ball instead of a Khaki Ball, your Chief will be wearing the service dress uniform. As previously advised, you should “dress to the uniform.” It would be appropriate to wear a formal evening gown, as shown below.

Chiefs Ball

Social Customs and Traditions of the Sea Services is also a great resource for information on attire guidelines and etiquette.

Special thanks to Mrs. Suchniak, Mrs. Benz, Mrs. Fran, and Mrs. Schwartz for sharing their photos. You all look beautiful!