Dress Whites

Hi Everyone!
Today we are taking a (very) general look at the enlisted, E-6 and below dress white uniform.


Photo by US Pacific Fleet

Dress whites are the "summer" version of the the two standard dress uniforms.  They change from blue to white sometime in the spring and back to blues in the fall, the exact date is determined by the region and climate; the command will make an announcement before the change over.  Dress uniforms are usually worn for occasions like a ceremonies (like a Change of Command or retirement), or inspections and boards. Your service member should be told which uniform they need for each event.

Something to note with this uniform is often the pants are a bit see through.  So bear this in mind when selecting underpants.  We have found that light grey seems to be the best choice (at least for my husband).

Standard Uniform Items (Male):

  • White Blouse (Shirt)
  • White Pants
  • White Hat (aka "Dixi Cup")
  • Black Dress Shoes
  • Black Dress Socks
  • Underpants
  • White Crew Neck Undershirt
  • White Belt with Silver Buckle
  • Neckerchief
  • Pins, Ribbons, Patches & Medals
Seasonal/Optional Items (as per command instructions):
  • All Weather Blue Coat
  • Peacoat
  • Earmuffs
  • White Gloves
  • Overshoes
  • Scarf
  • Black Umbrella
  • Name/ID Tag

Standard Uniform Items (Female):
  • White Blouse
  • White Pants (with White Belt with Silver Buckle)
  • White Hat
  • Black Dress Shoes
  • Black Socks
  • Underwear
  • White Crew Neck Undershirt
  • Neckerchief
  • Pins, Ribbons, Patches & Medals
Seasonal/Optional Items (as per command instructions)
  • Earmuffs
  • Silver Ball Earrings (6mm)
  • White Gloves
  • Black Handbag
  • Overshoes
  • Scarf
  • Black Umbrella
  • Name/ID Tag
  • All Weather Coat


Remember these posts are just for us non-military family member's reference.  Your service member learned all this and then some as part of boot camp but I've always found that it is helpful if I at least have a clue about what he is talking about.  We've also had many occasions where I've had to run uniform parts and pieces to him at work and it saves a lot of time (and headache on both sides) if he doesn't have to spend 10 minutes trying to explain what he needs. ;)

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