A ball gown is the correct female attire for social occasions where white tie or evening dress is specified on the invitation. The ball gown is traditionally a full-skirted gown delicately created from luxurious fabric that at least reaches the ankles. The design of the ball gown has not changed much since the mid-1800s. Although man-made fabrics are often used in their creation these days, the most common fabrics are still silk, satin, taffeta and velvet with trimmings of pearls, lace, embroidery, sequins, ruffles and ruching. Ball gowns are generally accessorised with stoles, capes or cloaks, couture or vintage jewellery, dancing shoes, clutch style evening bags and opera length gloves.