How should I dress?
Ladies are expected to wear a full length evening dress so that only the tip of the shoe is showing. Otherwise there are no specific rules – the colour and the model of the dress can be freely chosen.
Hair is usually tied up but it can also be held freely open. Usually the style includes festive jewelry and a purse.
The preferred choice for gentlemen is white tie.
White tie consists of a black tailcoat, black trousers and white shirt, vest, bow and gloves. To perfect the look, men should have a white cloth and patent leather shoes.
Wearing a dark (black or grey) suit is also possible, but the white shirt is obligatory. The tie should be silver, grey or pearly.
Tuxedos and wristwatches don’t belong in the white tie dress code.
Academic medals and KY ribbon
Academic medals of honour are also mentioned in the invitation to the Annual Ball. These include the ribbons and symbols of both national and foreign student organizations and also symbols awarded by the state.
In KY’s Annual Ball it is a tradition to wear the orange-green KY ribbon. They can be bought from the KY’s office.
The ribbon can be used in two ways: as a long sash going down from the right shoulder over holder’s chest down to the left or as a folded rosette on the right side of the front of the dress.
According to tradition the ribbon may not touch its carrier’s skin, which is why ladies usually prefer the rosette. Regardless of the way of use, the green color of the ribbon should always face the ground as it reflects the soil.
You can find more specific instructions of making the rosette from here: