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NYE Dress Code

As with past years, we will be strongly enforcing a semi-formal dress/semi-formal costume code for NYE. We know there are a lot of questions and we hope the information below will help you. If you have additional concerns or want to ask a staff member prior to NYE if your outfit will fit the rules, please contact us.

Please note: By registering online or at the door, you are agreeing to follow the dress code guidelines. If you are denied admittance into the dance for not meeting dress code, your registration fee will be refunded. NDK will not reimburse any additional costs you may have incurred to attend this event.

All final dress code decisions are at the sole discretion of the NDK NYE staff.

Never appropriate

You will be turned away at the door if you wear the following: rave pants, denim, cargo pants, khaki, shorts, fishnet stockings, visible garters/lace stocking tops, torn/tattered/crumpled/bloody clothing, street clothes, and dresses shorter than cocktail length (no more than two inches above the knee, no matter the style). No throwing glitter at anyone please!

Minimum Dress

If you don’t plan on wearing a semi-formal costume, the minimum requirements are as follows. Crossplaying? Please follow the requirements for the gender of your choice.

Male
A long-sleeve, button-up business/dress shirt, trousers/slacks and a:

  • Tie –or– Bowtie is required
  • AND
  • Sports coat –or– a Suit Jacket –or– a Vest

You must have all required elements to enter the dance.

* If the button-up shirt has a mandarin-style or banded collar, a tie is not required.

Female
A nice dress or a dressy top/blouse (not made with jersey or T-shirt material) with trousers/slacks/skirt. The dress must be at least cocktail length: no more than two inches above the knee, no matter the style. If you have to tug it down, it’s not long enough.

No t-shirts, rave pants, beach dresses, swimsuit covers, lingerie/nightgowns (this includes visible garters and lace stocking tops)  or anything see-through.

For Cosplay/Crossplay

How would your character look if he/she were going to a prom, wedding or a part of royal court? Your costumes still need to meet the minimum guidelines above, and the regular NDK Costume/Clothing Rules also apply.

There’s a lot of room for creativity here. We encourage unique interpretations of a formal spin on your favorite characters. We look forward to seeing what you come up with!

Specific Guidelines

These are taken from answered Dress Code questions we have received over the years. Have a question not answered here? Please let us know!

Dress length
Floor length is desired, but knee length to cocktail length (no more than two inches above the knee, no matter the style) is also acceptable. Your dress may be up to 3 inches above the knee if you wear completely opaque tights, and the rest of the dress/outfit is up to dress code.

Dress Style
Dresses must be formal in nature. No sweater dresses, club dresses, sun dresses, or lingerie-style dresses allowed.

Dresses with slits
If your dress has a slit, it may not go higher than 3′ above the knee, and cannot display visible garters or stocking tops.

Period Clothing
Ascots, capes, and knee-length breeches/breeks/culottes (with appropriate leg coverings) are acceptable.

Cultural Dress
Garments deemed formal to that particular culture, such as formal kimonos, kilts worn with formal evening wear, Senatorial togas/stolas (no bed sheets or un-hemmed fabric, must be accompanied with a tunics and other formal Roman elements), etc. are acceptable.

Lolita dress is also acceptable, provided the skirt length matches our requirements.

Military Style Dress
Formal style military dress uniforms are acceptable. Utility uniforms are not.

Props
Props are allowed, but standard NDK prop rules still apply. There will be a “mini ops” table set up to handle all peace bonding needs.

Masks
Masquerade style masks are not required, but encouraged!

Shoes
Female: dressy, open-toed shoes are acceptable. (Close-toed shoes are also acceptable.)
Male: closed-toes shoes only.

We understand you’ll be on your feet all night and will want comfortable shoes, so we aren’t enforcing a strict shoe policy. Please use your best judgment and the guidelines above.

Cosplaying? Keep your footwear within the spirit of what you’re wearing, even if you’re going for comfort.