Originally Posted by triniboy27
I can totally understand people's reluctance to wear black tie because it means investing $$$$ in clothing that you may get very little use out of it.
First, this simply isn't true. There are people who pay more for a pair of jeans than a decent dinner suit costs. Very respectable black tie can be done very cheaply.
Second, this begs the question. There aren't very many black tie events because so many people bitch about the idea of wearing black tie. If more people were happy to wear black tie, black tie events would abound. Heck, I'm told that once upon a time, people regularly went out for meals in black tie.
Once upon a time, putting "black tie" on an invitation was no big deal because everyon had a tuxedo in their closet. There were lots of opportunities to use it and it was as easy to wear as anything else -- easier, really.