Passing on pumps is like a gateway drug - it's the first place many people violate what the more conservative types think of as being true, traditional black tie. I recall my extremely-WASPy mother being simply appalled that I would consider wearing anything else. And after that, I quickly found myself cheerfully violating other traditional aspects of BT. Before I knew it I was refusing to wear a cummerbund and actually wearing a plain, white FC shirt with a tuxedo. That's as far as I went, though, and I actually wear a pleated shirt these days. But that's just because it's one of those shirts where the parts that you can't see have GTH colored stripes on them. Like this one:
And I just don't get slippers.
(edit: Looking more carefully at the GTH tux shirt, I can't believe that I once blew $200 on one of those, but the fact that one's hanging in my closet seem to prove that I did. That was clearly before I had two kids in college.)
Edited by lwmarti - 10/22/13 at 9:52am