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post #46 of 50
This may have just descended into a battle of semantics about what "formal" means. Tell me where somebody disagrees:

1) There are some situations that require certain kinds of suits (i.e., not just any suit), and for which a blazer of any kind would be inappropriate.
2) There are less formal situations for which either a blazer or a suit is fine.
3) There are some situations where some blazers worn with a tie would be appropriate, whereas there are some suits that would be inappropriately casual or country or otherwise gauche.

What am I missing?
post #47 of 50
I think that's just about everything really. I would just add that some pieces of clothing straddle formality boundaries, or shade into two different categories of formality. If you want to look truly perfect and avoid ever making a faux pas, I reckon it's pretty important to understand every last detail of the clothing you're wearing and the signals each of those details sends. You can foppishly bend the rules, or nonchalantly break the rules, but they're worth understanding to a T.
post #48 of 50
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Originally Posted by Loathing View Post


I don't mean to be rude, but this is not categorically true. A tweed suit, for example, is never as formal as a serge navy blazer. Nor is a linen suit. Nor is any suit with a loud check. Nor any suit in a bold colour. Et cetera.

 

I was referring to the aforementioned lounge suit. I am well aware of the differences in types of suit, but thank-you for thinking that I might need the benefit of your education. Seriously, you might want to be a bit less patronising here as there are many people who have equal if not more knowledge on these matters.

post #49 of 50
I don't see what's patronizing about what you quoted. If anything, you've the most patronizing voice in this thread.
And actually, I still don't know what you mean by "the aforementioned lounge suit".
post #50 of 50
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Originally Posted by FlyingMonkey View Post

I was referring to the aforementioned lounge suit. I am well aware of the differences in types of suit, but thank-you for thinking that I might need the benefit of your education. Seriously, you might want to be a bit less patronising here as there are many people who have equal if not more knowledge on these matters.

You do realize that lounge suit incorporates a huge range of things, including very informal tweeds and linens, right? "Lounge suit" incorporates just about every suit worn today except for formalwear, and there are huge variations of formality within that category. And a blazer rivals or exceeds many of them in formality. The term came about to describe what we know as a suit today to distinguish them from morning dress, strollers, or evening attire. You seem to think that it automatically implies a fairly conservative fabric, which isn't true at all. It includes that both that charcoal pinstripe appropriate for an investment bank and the flowy white linen Armani you might see on Miami Vice.

Loathing may not fully understand the cultural context of a blazer here in the US (patch pockets are normal and don't really subtract from the total formality even where they would with a suit, for example), but I don't think you really understand the term you're trying to use in debating him.
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