Pusser said:The appropriate reference is The RCN Dress Manual (BRCN 108), Art. 2.01 (Dresses and Occasions). This lists orders of Dress as follows:
Day 1 Blue Ceremonial Dress (Jacket and tie with medals)
2 Not Allocated
3 Blue Service Dress (jacket and tie with ribbons)
4 Not allocated
5 Battle Dress
Evening 6 Not allocated
7 Mess Dress
8 Mess Undress
9 Not allocated
Day 11 White Ceremonial Dress (White tunic with medals)
12 Not Allocated
13 White Service Dress (White tunic with ribbons)
14 Not allocated
15 Not Allocated
Evening 16 Not allocated
17 White Mess Dress
18 White Mess Undress
19 Tropical Mess Undress
Day 21 Not Allocated
22 Not Allocated
23 Khaki Service Dress (khaki jacket and tie with ribbons)
24 Khaki Service Dress (negative jacket)
25 Khaki Tropical Dress (shorts and open neck shirt)
Included in this article is a table that in addition to describing all of these orders of dress (in greater detail than I've given here), it also shows on what occasions they are to be worn. Each number within the groups correspond with the equivalent number in the other groups (i.e. No 11 is worn for the same sorts of occasions as No 1 - parades, funerals, etc). The only differing factor is the climate. For example, one would wear No1 for Remembrance Day in Canada, but No 13 for Remembrance Day ceremonies in the tropics. Officers would wear No 3 on a daily basis in Canada in the winter, and No 23 in the summer.
In summary, in RCN 1.0 (and as I think it should be now), the white tunic was equivalent to the blue jacket and only the climate would determine which one was worn.
Thanks for that. So what that is seems to be taken from a summary someone made like a wiki. I was unable to find the source document that likely has more details if the drill and ceremonial chapter (which I did find) is any indication.
It also seems that this dress reg was only in place from 1951-1960, 9 years. And even at that, I'm not sure it was widely implemented. Not sure what came after and not too sure a case could be made based on that to kit everyone out based on history. Plus it seems that prior to 1951 only CPOs wore them for enlisted types.
You would likely have a better chance and making bell bottom or gaiters and the neck scarf the ceremonial dress since historically that would make more sense if you are looking for 1B dress. But again, 1B is not normally paid for using public funds.
on another note: If you scroll through the pics here you'll see the Stadacona band in full whites on parade. Likely paid for by grant and not at members' expense.