Originally Posted by mafoofan
This is depressing. Sounds like the day will come when a plain black suit is more correct than a proper dinner jacket.
I fear this is all too true. The onus is on those that know how to do it properly to be an example for others, if they're willing to learn from us.
I play violin in an amateur orchestra, so I wear my (brand-new) dinner suit 5 or more times per year as well as go to a few other black-tie events.
In the orchestra (and this is by no means confined to Vancouver), most of the men wear black suits with normal white dress shirts and pre-tied bow ties, and wear normal black shoes (many being rubber-soled and square-toed).
Now, with amateur musicians, I have a lot of sympathy...they are often not high-income earners (although some of us do ok).
Also, Vancouver is the home of fleece at the opera and Lululemon as casual weekend shopping/dinnerwear, so I really don't have high expectations anywhere I go.
All I can do is dress appropriately for the function I'm attending and hope that other show enough interest to follow in my footsteps, when they're ready. Perhaps this will catch on.