looking for any advice on the best place to buy mess undress

creeper

Badgeman
Ahh at last, after about a dozen goes I can finally post in the quaterdeck....so...

I'm looking for any advice on the best place to buy mess undress, I have been told that the Tailors under slops in Nelson sell it for about £120 anyone know if this is true and if it's any good.

Your Aye

Creeper
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
I haven't got a clue nowadays mate, bought mine in Bernards the Tailors for £200 nine years ago, that included dress Shirt, cumberbund, Dicky Bow and braces, it must have been good quality as it has been rolled out twice a year ever since, it has played drunken rugby, bouncy castles several times, trampoline and bumper cars and it came out unscathed-unlike its owner!
 
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angrydoc

Guest
May be a stupid question, but why do you need to buy it? Surely you've been issued with it?

If you do need to buy in Pompey there's Louis Bernard or Bauns in Queen Street. Or you could try eBay!
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
Mess Undress isn't issued to Senior Rates, I don't even think it's issued to ociffers come to that! It's an expense that needs to be weighed up by how often do I attend mess dinners/ functions, how often do I get drunk out of my mind on those occasions and should I risk my No1 uniform, I bought mine after a couple of years of continually trashing my Nos 1's!

As an aside and not wishing to take the piss creeper but have you looked at your profile, I haven't laughed so much in ages, I guess it took a few attempts to put up that post!!:

"Good morning shipmates..........................mess undress"
"Good afternoon shipmates...........................mess undress"
"Good evening shipmates............................mess undress" etc
 
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angrydoc

Guest
Au contraire, Officers get measured and issued with 1B, 1C and 2A/B whilst in BRNC. The only difference between 2A and B is the waistcoat. Not sure about SRs but I'm surprised you have to pay for something which, as uniform, you may be compelled to wear!
 

chieftiff

War Hero
Moderator
angrydoc said:
Au contraire, Officers get measured and issued with 1B, 1C and 2A/B whilst in BRNC. The only difference between 2A and B is the waistcoat. Not sure about SRs but I'm surprised you have to pay for something which, as uniform, you may be compelled to wear!

I stand corrected, we aren't however compelled to wear ours, we get the option of looking ridiculous in our No1 uniform, dress shirt and dicky bow!

But Angry, now that I know you are a real Doc I have a question; I have this rash.... :lol:
 

TheCommunicator

Lantern Swinger
angrydoc said:
Not sure about SRs but I'm surprised you have to pay for something which, as uniform, you may be compelled to wear!

We SRs are not compelled to wear MUD, it's purely optional and any mess dinner will have the alternate of No1s -ve medals with a bow tie in the dress code.

Concur with the cheef, didn't want to trash the No1s so went for the mess undress. Also, I was a 2 star PO for a while so didn't want to advertise this by wearing 1s to a mess dinner. IMHO MUD looks the dogs, and it's got me more than a few free wets when attending civvy dinners
 

Karma

War Hero
Re: looking for any advice on the best place to buy mess und

angrydoc said:
Au contraire, Officers get measured and issued with 1B, 1C and 2A/B whilst in BRNC. The only difference between 2A and B is the waistcoat. Not sure about SRs but I'm surprised you have to pay for something which, as uniform, you may be compelled to wear!

However come the time to replace it you have to buy. After wearing mine at least once a week as OOD/ DLC for several jobs it was getting pretty kicked in and pretty expensive to replace.
 

creeper

Badgeman
As the folk have said mess undress has to be bought by the individual, as I'm working on a RAF base (Brampton/Wyton) I feel I need to do my bit and attend as many mess funtions as possible.

chieftiff - For some reason everytime I posted the topic I got a database error so I kept on trying :)
 

TheCommunicator

Lantern Swinger
Re: looking for any advice on the best place to buy mess und

I got mine from Baun and Co on Queen Street, Pompey. I think it was £200 including a shirt and 1 mini medal. (It was 6 years ago so I've got some more medals and the price may have risen) The material isn't quite the same quality as No1s though, but good enough for pissing up in!

If I remember, Turner Virr, who have the contract for making No1 Suits are quite reasonable and they use the same cloth as No1s

If you're quick you may get a bargain from Jack Blair/Louis Bernard outside Nelson as it's got a 50% off sale as it's closing down
 

buffer01

Lantern Swinger
Re: looking for any advice on the best place to buy mess und

I got both of mine from Turner & Virr. Made the wife buy them for me in return for all those frocks I get her for Summer & Christmas functions. If I recall they come in at about £170. Its the minatures that cost, and the cheapest I found was Worcester Medals and they have a web site. As for the MUD, brilliant quality and I've yet to wear the knees out begging for a leg over of SWMBO!
 

mad_muppet

Badgeman
TheCommunicator said:
angrydoc said:
Not sure about SRs but I'm surprised you have to pay for something which, as uniform, you may be compelled to wear!

We SRs are not compelled to wear MUD, it's purely optional and any mess dinner will have the alternate of No1s -ve medals with a bow tie in the dress code.

Concur with the cheef, didn't want to trash the No1s so went for the mess undress. Also, I was a 2 star PO for a while so didn't want to advertise this by wearing 1s to a mess dinner. IMHO MUD looks the dogs, and it's got me more than a few free wets when attending civvy dinners

Agree with your views on it looking the dog's. I bought mine off an oppo going outside who had no further use for it.

I was interested to hear your comment about wearing it at civvy dinners as I have often thought it would be good for a few free wets but didn't know if it was the "done thing".

Have others on RR worn their MUD at civvy functions?

MM
 
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