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    My DH's Retirement will be on the ship...

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    and I'm troubled as to what I should wear. He'll be in his short sleeved Whites and it'll be held on the Flight Deck or in the Hangar Bay depending on the weather conditions in June. I am guessing dress pants and a top with flats, right? I'm short and own no flat shoes, so shopping's going to be required.

    Does anyone have pictures to post of what clothes might be right for this occasion? Any photos from such an event (since I have never seen one)? Clearly there would be stairs to climb so no skirts. Darn, because I prefer them so much over pants and flats.
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    I have been to retirement ceremonies but never on a ship, let alone an aircraft carrier. I have been on carriers so a dress/skirt and heels doesn't seem like a good idea. However, I would assume they would direct you the easiest way to the top without hitting ladder wells. I do know the stairs up to the carrier can be quite... holey, for lack of a better term so not heels friendly but if you could bring heels in a larger handbag and wear flats then you can change once you're topside or in the hanger bay.

    ETA: Haha carriers mostly have ramps from the dock. I was thinking about smaller ships like my husband has been on. It's been at least 12 years since I have stepped foot on a carrier.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Navgirl View Post
    I have been to retirement ceremonies but never on a ship, let alone an aircraft carrier. I have been on carriers so a dress/skirt and heels doesn't seem like a good idea. However, I would assume they would direct you the easiest way to the top without hitting ladder wells. I do know the stairs up to the carrier can be quite... holey, for lack of a better term so not heels friendly but if you could bring heels in a larger handbag and wear flats then you can change once you're topside or in the hanger bay.

    ETA: Haha carriers mostly have ramps from the dock. I was thinking about smaller ships like my husband has been on. It's been at least 12 years since I have stepped foot on a carrier.
    When I went on the JFK before it was retired. The stairs and ramp getting up to the hanger scared the crap out of me in cowboy boots

    I'd definitely go with flats.
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    idk if they would made a big deal out of it for you but i was told no open toed shoes and no tank tops like spaghetti style.
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    I've been on an aircraft carrier and you'll want flats that have some grip on them. I wouldn't change into heels even once on top (although I didn't get to go that high). I don't know what exactly you should wear, but I'd probably wear a pants suit (dress pants and short sleeved jacket) or a really nice top with dress slacks that wasn't too revealing (not low cut or without sleeves).

    Good luck!!
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    For anything shipboard, I'd lean towards slacks, and flats, something like a pant suit would work and allow you to be comfortable. Plus you'd be able to focus your attention on your DH, instead of having to worry about a skirt flying around on the fantail/flightdeck... Everyone will understand, especially because it's already hard enough to go up and down ladders much less while having to worry about skirts and heels.

    I hope the ceremony goes well, and congrats to you both.

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    I would go with pants like this (the stragiht leg helps to make you appear taller): http://www2.victoriassecret.com/comm...nbr=2201&atb=B

    shirt similar to (I'd go tucked in type just because you don't want to worry about it blowing up/around/etc..looks nice in the pictures): http://www2.victoriassecret.com/comm...nbr=3948&atb=B or http://www2.victoriassecret.com/comm...nbr=3947&atb=B

    and flats like this (something that has a little accnet or diffrent style to it, so it isn't just plain): http://www.payless.com/Catalog/Produ...iveColor=Brown or http://www.chadwicks.com/clothing/Zi...Type=G&pref=ps or http://www.chadwicks.com/clothing/De...Type=G&pref=ps or http://www.chadwicks.com/clothing/Ch...Type=G&pref=ps
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    Ladies,

    THANK YOU for posting your thoughts! I really appreciate your suggestions and your experience with all things Navy. I hadn't logged on lately to see that so many of you had offered me your ideas. Can't express my gratitude enough.

    AmazingGrace - awesome links!

    ...off to shop now.

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