I was in Rome the week before. I saw lots of ties on men during the day walking around the area near my hotel (business and embassy district - near Caraceni, too). Most days, I had lunch at a club on the outskirts of Rome and many of the men there wore ties as well, despite the casual atmosphere. I agree that at dinner, ties seemed rare and I can think of only two places where I saw them.
Dopey, it's possible that I just don't recall them. In fact after writing that, I got to thinking that I'm probably wrong about that because I remember seeing a bunch on people about the Spanish steps in Rome, and again in the main luxury district of Florence.
Vacation-itis I suppose, I do remember everyone being much better dressed than what I'm used to seeing in NJ.
I wore a black knit tie to dinner with a pattern sport coat and remember feeling overdressed.
My reputation on SF may never recover...anyway, it's a Giorgio Armani jacket from maybe ten years ago. It's a cotton and rayon (yes, rayon) blend...there's a little bit of other stuff in there too. I actually really like the look and feel of the fabric, despite the synthetic blend. It's one button, with roped shoulders, but a totally unconstructed body. Also the sleeves are slightly too long and these shirt sleeves are a little too short, but:
I think that several successful guys have posted in this thread.
Any interest is combining resources to hire a maid for Raga? You know, as a gift for his service to Styleforum.
Failing that, maybe we can pull strings to had him conscripted. Many useful skills can be picked up in military service.
The sad part is, I have a maid. But she only comes every two weeks, which is more than enough time for me to produce an explosion of clothing in my bedroom. (intended to spur a round of snide comments, have at it)