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post #31 of 43
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Once you get bitten by the bug, you always want to be dressed up. But is there a lashback? For example, your friends are sitting around for a NFL game, and you show up with your monocle and ticket pocket, while they are in jeans/tees. Sure, you have style. But, at some point, do you look ridiculous in your longwings while they are in Eccos? IF you're the ONLY guy in a suit, are you the douche bag who is trying too hard (You can't be ON all the time, can you?), or the only guy with "style"? It seems like a fine line b/w the two.
I don't have 'the bug'. I slob as well as anyone else. But the worst moment - I went to a wedding of a friend. I made an effort. Certain other people - ahem, the groom to be specific - didn't. As a result, everyone who wasn't a family member / knew the groom mistook me for the husband-to-be. Especially when I was escorting him from the hotel to the church. Parents and the older camp came appropriately dressed, but many other friends on his side also failed to make the effort. So you had us lot - my circle of friends - on one side in full dress, and some of their lot in a shirt and trousers, no tie. Probably not a consequence of the implications of the above, but the marriage lasted well under half a decade.
post #32 of 43
happens all the time...especially after i've upgraded my entire wardrobe due to work. it also doesnt help that my out-of-work acquaintances don't dress up for work
post #33 of 43

I live in Ireland and am working in an IT type job. The environment is highly informal with the very odd suit, and occasional tie being seen. Most managers just wear shirt and slacks, which is what I normally wear too.

 

Most of my Irish colleagues were quite used to a steady improvement in dress, including less denim, more shirts, better shoes, co-ordination etc. But at a recent training session I decided to wear a suit with a tie. The Irish colleagues said little, except to remark that I was well dressed, and had made an effort.

 

The more techie English and Americans were annoyed that I had dressed up and wondered if I was coming to or going from a wedding or funeral. The business guys were more complimentary!

post #34 of 43
I went to work in coat and tie and sometimes a suit most days for the last eight or nine years I was working. Nobody else in the company customarily did so. I suppose it could be said I was inappropriately overdressed.

Another amusing instance of being "overdressed" occurred when I chanced to go to a Good Friday service at a Roman Catholic Church. (I am not an RC, but it seemed like the best option at the moment.) I was wearing a gray suit and dark tie. When I came to the door, the usher said, almost confrontationally, "What is your business here?" "I just want to worship," was my reply. When I entered the church, as far as I could see, no other man was wearing a suit, nor even coat and tie. No few were in T-shirts and jeans. Now, I suppose in relation to the congregation I was was overdressed, but, given that it was for the most solemn and somber day of the Christian year, somehow I don't think I was inappropriately dressed--they were!

Earlier in this thread somebody cited wearing a monocle. Has there been any occasion in the past 80 years or so when wearing a monocle would not fall into the realm of costume?
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Earlier in this thread somebody cited wearing a monocle. Has there been any occasion in the past 80 years or so when wearing a monocle would not fall into the realm of costume?

I imagine if you were a cyclops it would just be practical.
post #36 of 43
I wore a very business-conservative suit and tie to the opening of a beer bar in Brooklyn, as I went right from work. I've never felt more uncomfortable about what I was wearing. Damn hipsters. I'll stick with Manhattan from now on.
post #37 of 43
that awkward moment when you're the only dude at your office who wore a kilt over his leather pants
post #38 of 43

Weddings are always a little odd. I don a suit, those in my age group, do not. They make slight jabs out loud, I tell the tailor what must be done to salvage the wreckage strewn across their frame in my head. Then I chastise myself for being a dick, even in silence, especially about clothes and forget about attire for the rest of the day.  

post #39 of 43
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Earlier in this thread somebody cited wearing a monocle. Has there been any occasion in the past 80 years or so when wearing a monocle would not fall into the realm of costume?
My wife has a cosmetic ocular scleral shell (prosthesis) covering what remains of her right eye. I've been trying to get her to wear a monocle in her left eye for years.
post #40 of 43

This thread certainly hits close to home for me, since I'm going camping this weekend and I'm kind of bummed I have to wear a t-shirt and sneakers to not look ridiculous.

 

At my (casual, anything-goes) workplace, I dress as nice as I can without grossly sticking out.  Typically this limits me to a nice shirt and chinos, which probably says something.  I add a sweater come winter.  On a typical day, a jacket and/or tie would be seen as an affectation since I'm not management.

post #41 of 43

I've only felt really overdressed once, ant that strangely enough was at a Chinese wedding. Not knowing what to expect(I'd had been in country less than a month), I dressed up as formally as I thought was needed, meaning suit and tie. When I arrived at the venue I was rather shocked when I saw that most people where just wearing their everyday clothes, which included hotpants for the ladies, slacks, trainers, shorts and Tshirt etc for the men. I never felt so awkwardly overdressed in my life. 

post #42 of 43
I often feel overdressed at funerals and viewings. There have been several times when I was one of the only ones or only one wearing a suit. Nonetheless, I would never go to one of these occasions dressed casually.
post #43 of 43
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I often feel overdressed at funerals and viewings. There have been several times when I was one of the only ones or only one wearing a suit. Nonetheless, I would never go to one of these occasions dressed casually.

 

Both are very formal events in my country(for some only time a year they would put on a suit) so I can't imagine being overdressed in a situation like this. But tbh I'd feel more odd being the only guy underdressed than being only guy without a suit/jacket. trying to hard > peasant

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