The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

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  1. gegarrenton

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    Is it after 6?

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    The reception is, but not the ceremony, which is early afternoon.
     


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    Are you going to decline, or educate them on the rules?
     


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    The groom is a very good friend of mine. It's not meant to be a joke on me, though I have reservations exactly because I'm going to stick out like a sore thumb (this is a good example, by the way, of why it would be ill-advised to wear black tie simply because it's an evening wedding). It's going to look like I'm bitter that I'm not in the wedding party, or that I'm extremely pretentious.

    I've been helping him figure out his own ensemble, and I guess he's been telling people how well he thinks I dress. For him, I surmise it's something like showing off your fancy new doll. Also, I think he likes the idea of people showing up in whatever random, eclectic ensembles they consider most appropriate given their individual regional leanings. There will be cowboy boots and dress guns everywhere, apparently. Not many "yankees."


    The "rules" don't really apply. We'll see how it goes. If others jump on the bandwagon and also wear black tie, I'll definitely be fine with it.
     
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    I'm shocked! Not sure which of these describes you less!
     


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    It's funny how you can be surrounded by literally thousands of others who make an obsession out of dressing up in expensive, fancy clothes, yet somehow be singled out for being pretentious.
     


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    I'm only playing around, I'm sure you'll look great at the wedding :)
     


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    I'm going to look like a clown. At least the guys in cowboy boots and Stetsons will have each other's company.
     


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    I don't understand why, in order to show his friends how well you dress, you need to be outfitted in black tie garb. In fact, opting for non-black tie affords you a much greater opportunity to flex your sartorial muscles and exercise a little creativity.

    It makes little sense for him to ask you specifically to wear a tuxedo, even despite his overall intentions to "show you off."
     


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    Should I put you in touch with him so you can debate the point?
     


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    Foo, please post fit pics of the dress guns
     


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    Will they shoot me with their guns if I shoot them with my camera?
     


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    Ya, seriously.

    Texas or not, anyone wearing cowboy boots with a suit can't make clothing judgements. You'll be the best dressed man there, own it.
     
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