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Out of curiosity, does anyone wear blazers these days? I have blue odd jackets that I wear, and then a blazer that I like but never wear. I'm sorely tempted to have the buttons replaced and un-blazer it.

Hell yes. Have two and wear them a lot. (had a 3rd which I wore well past its usefulness and was loathe to let go)
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

Well, two minds on this one. Yes, I suppose that any fair definition of well dressed shoud include that. However, there are a lot of guys who could use every single thing on my list but who never, ever have call to wear black tie. So I don't know ...
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

I have heard that, but don't believe it. Everyone gets invited to a black-tie wedding at some point.
It makes perfect sense for someone to save the money and not buy black-tie and make do without or rent the one time you need it. But the list should have it. Whether to or how to follow the list is an individual choice, but the list should be complete. Or add "if necessary"
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I can't believe all these people who never go to black tie, particularly coming from some who apparently run in otherwise formal circles. I have at least 2 black-tie gala events a year, and have been to 2 black tie (or optional) weddings within the span of the last 2 years. I'm in my mid-30s.

I have never (and I'm pushing 50) been invited to a black-tie event, and given my social circle, likely never will be.
post #122 of 641
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Hell yes. Have two and wear them a lot. (had a 3rd which I wore well past its usefulness and was loathe to let go)
I have never (and I'm pushing 50) been invited to a black-tie event, and given my social circle, likely never will be.
Maybe your retirement party, then. I am sure you will be invited.
post #123 of 641
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Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

Out of curiosity, does anyone wear blazers these days? I have blue odd jackets that I wear, and then a blazer that I like but never wear. I'm sorely tempted to have the buttons replaced and un-blazer it.

Just wore mine last night. The metal-buttoned one that I have is a brighter blue, lightweight and unlined. I probably wear it more often than any other jacket in summer.
post #124 of 641
Glad to read I make the more advanced cut.
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I will probably never be well dressed going by this list. I have two cats so I tend to stay away from solid worsted wools, specially darker ones; they are a fur magnet ... flannel, glen plaid, and other busy patterns/textures do wonders hiding it, lol. Next autumn/winter is probably going to be all flannel and tweed for me lol8[1].gif

post #126 of 641
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Maybe your retirement party, then. I am sure you will be invited.

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post #127 of 641
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Originally Posted by eg1 View Post

Hell yes. Have two and wear them a lot. (had a 3rd which I wore well past its usefulness and was loathe to let go)
I have never (and I'm pushing 50) been invited to a black-tie event, and given my social circle, likely never will be.

Black tie is mostly doesn't happen in Canada.
post #128 of 641
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Black tie is mostly doesn't happen in Canada.

I have a hard time believing that there would be less black tie events in, say, Toronto or Ottawa, than in Milwaukee, where I live. Mine gets use twice a year or so.

Rob
post #129 of 641
It's unfortunate, but I think it has reached a tipping point where there aren't very many black tie events, so quite a lot of people don't have a black tie rig, so many people know this and don't want to inconvenience or exclude guests by creating black tie events (or even black-tie-optional, which is almost black-tie-if-you-can-afford-it, which casts something of a pall over the proceedings), so then even fewer people have black tie, etc...I wish it weren't so, or that somehow we could make a big push to reverse the trend, but the momentum at this point is quite strong.
post #130 of 641
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Originally Posted by dopey View Post

Maybe your retirement party, then. I am sure you will be invited.

not if he works at a police station. in the movies those parties are never black tie.
post #131 of 641
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

It's unfortunate, but I think it has reached a tipping point where there aren't very many black tie events, so quite a lot of people don't have a black tie rig, so many people know this and don't want to inconvenience or exclude guests by creating black tie events (or even black-tie-optional, which is almost black-tie-if-you-can-afford-it, which casts something of a pall over the proceedings), so then even fewer people have black tie, etc...I wish it weren't so, or that somehow we could make a big push to reverse the trend, but the momentum at this point is quite strong.

i think it greatly depends on what social circles you travel in, and what industry you are in.
post #132 of 641
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Originally Posted by gsugsu View Post

With respect to brown suede footwear suitable for mid-grey flannel odd pants and suits, what is the most versatile or most appropriate colour? Does this change when pairing suede with charcoal flannel - dark brown only? How about navy?
Viewing photos of colours such as mink, polo, tobacco or snuff without having seen them in person have me at a loss.
Look forward to your insight.
G
mid brown or tobacco is the most versatile. Tobacco differs from mid brown slightly in that it has a yellowish cast. That will go with mid gray, dark gray or navy. Really though any shade of suede will go with any shade of gray or with navy. Dark suedes with light pants tend to look better than light suedes with dark pants.
post #133 of 641
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

i think it greatly depends on what social circles you travel in, and what industry you are in.

This is true - most of the lawyers and lobbyists I know do have a black tie rig. My social circles are not uber-rich aristocrats, but I think most of my friends make over 100k. Which isn't a huge huge amount, but it's well more than the median American. I don't know what percentile 100k would be, maybe 90th? Anyway, while some of them have black tie rigs, nobody would ever even dream of hosting a black tie dinner at their house, or really organizing any kind of black tie event themselves. Was it ever thus? What percent of American males in, say, 1925, would have a black tie rig? To me it seems like the number has gotten low enough that its complete disappearance is all but inevitable. But if the numbers were always this low, maybe I'm wrong.
post #134 of 641
Much appreciated.
post #135 of 641
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

This is true - most of the lawyers and lobbyists I know do have a black tie rig. My social circles are not uber-rich aristocrats, but I think most of my friends make over 100k. Which isn't a huge huge amount, but it's well more than the median American. I don't know what percentile 100k would be, maybe 90th? Anyway, while some of them have black tie rigs, nobody would ever even dream of hosting a black tie dinner at their house, or really organizing any kind of black tie event themselves. Was it ever thus? What percent of American males in, say, 1925, would have a black tie rig? To me it seems like the number has gotten low enough that its complete disappearance is all but inevitable. But if the numbers were always this low, maybe I'm wrong.
These are rare. I have been to a few. More frequently parties than dinners and fewer of both over the years (reflecting the times and my declining popularity). Most common uses now are charity and professional events and weddings. These are not uncommon and while charity and professional events are more frequently becoming "business" or "cocktail" attire, black tie weddings seem on the uptick.
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