Ha! An old thread awakens... There are two sides to this: First, I'd really like to wear more fashion-forward clothing, but I just can't - I look awkward every time I try. On the other hand, I've worn a monocle to quite formal events, and also fezzes (what's the plural of fez?) with black tie. The king Farouk style, I suppose. In the Scandinavian countries, the studenty penchant for dressing up and "dressing up" is maybe even stronger than what I've seen of it in the UK or elsewhere. At most universities, there's more opportunity than you need to participate in various dressy or semi-costumey events, like croquet picnics, country-house weekends, various clubs that hand out semi-ironic orders and medals and stage white-tie balls, etc., you can satisfy a lot of sartorial inclinations of the type you otherwise couldn't satisfy in a day-to-day context. Total absurdity, but good fun. I would like, though, to be able to wear all sorts of hats and still feel I'm taken seriously. This would normally be regular hats, like fedoras or trilbies. On the costumey end of the scale, there's straw boaters or panamas in summer, and those astrakhan fur hats (shaped like Mobutu's leopard one), they have a name, but I forget. This is probably where one should pick one's battles.