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When do you wear suits?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by 32-20, Sep 17, 2013.

  1. 32-20

    32-20 Active Member

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    When do you wear suits?
    I mean that in either sense: under what circumstances do you, the reader, wear suits, or under what circumstances do you think one should? And when you don't or think one shouldn't.
    I'm interested in the variety of opinions here.
     
  2. Trompe le Monde

    Trompe le Monde Senior member

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    when i deem it appropriate
     
  3. Trompe le Monde

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    lol..... I don't think op ever does.
     
  5. Academic2

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    I where a suit whenever the occasion calls for a tie. I own sport coats but haven’t worn one for a few years. Age is part of the equation, for me at least. I’m 62.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  6. archibaldleach

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    I'll always wear a suit to a wedding or formal charity event, assuming they are not black tie (in which case the tuxedo comes out), to a job interview or to a formal business meeting.

    I'll sometimes wear a suit to the office when I don't have to (law firm, so even though it is business casual, having a suit on isn't extremely unusual), to a less formal cocktail party, to church, or to some networking happy hours. A blazer and greys works nicely for the latter three situations as well.

    I don't recommend wearing a suit to a dive bar, most nightclubs, a barbeque or any event that is supposed to be casual. Absent exceptions for advanced players which are beyond the scope of my response, I also don't recommend wearing a suit if you are not wearing a tie.
     
  7. GBR

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    Absolutely correct.
     
  8. Academic2

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    That's simply what the OP was asking, viz., "under what circumstances do you think one should?"

    So please allow me to rephrase the question: "When do you deem it appropriate?"

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  9. 32-20

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    It's the humidity, I swear.
     
  10. Ianiceman

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    I wear them to work
    I wear them to shirk
    I wear them to school
    I wear them in the pool
    I wear them when I'm high
    I wear them when it's dry
    I wear them when it's light
    I wear them when I shite
    I wear them when it's dark
    I wear them to the park
    I wear them to court
    I wear them for sport
    I wear them in the club
    I wear them in the pub
    I wear them when I'm fat
    I wear them with a hat
    I wear them when I'm slim
    I wear them to the gym
    I wear them in the rain
    I wear them on the train
    I wear them in the car
    I wear them in the bar
    I wear them to bed
    I'll wear one when I'm dead
     
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    To some SF Meet-Ups.
     
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    Dr Seuss's When to Wear a Suit. [​IMG]
     
  13. OxxfordSJLINY

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    Christmas Day every other year
    Christmas Eve in years when I don't wear a suit on Christmas Day
    Christmas parties
    Easter when the weather is more like Christmas, Halloween and Thanksgiving
    Engagement parties
    Funerals and wakes
    Job interviews
    Memorial Services
    New Years parties
    Some Bar Mitzvahs, Bat Mitzvahs and confirmations
    Some christenings
    Some communions
    Some special anniversary and birthday parties (such as Silver/25th Anniversary and Sweet 16)
    Some Wedding Vow renewals
    Weddings

    That's all I can think of for now. If I can think of anything else, I'll edit this message.
     
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  14. 32-20

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    It occurs to me that I was so vague that I became too specific.
    The word 'suit' on its own calls to mind a business suit, but I meant everything from tuxedos to tweed hunting gear.
     
  15. GBR

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    The answer is still the same, whenever it is appropriate to wear a variety of suit.
     
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    Mainly during sex. It gives me that James Bond feel.
     
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  17. JLibourel

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    I thought sport coats were supposed to be more of an "old guy" thing. Young men when they "dressed up" either wore suits or shirt and tie (a dismal alternative). At least that was my impression when my stepson was in college a few years ago. I went to a banquet for his fraternity once. A number of the older men in attendance wore sport coats, but none of the "actives"--either a suit or shirt with tie,

    Anyway, I am an old guy myself and wear sport coats far more often than suits. My wardrobe reflects this--20 sport coats vs. six suits, and three of the latter have casual styling.
     
  18. Academic2

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    The question, remember, was simply when one would wear a suit.

    It really all depends on what you're comfortable with. As I've gotten older, I've gotten less comfortable dressing informally. Some older men can pull off dressing the same way they did when they were twenty without looking or feeling silly. I just don't happen to be one of them.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  19. JLibourel

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    ^Oh my! I dress in much the same way I did when I was 15 or thereabouts. I hope I am pulling it off without looking too silly. Of course, we are talking about prep school in the mid-1950s, which may skew things somewhat.
     
  20. Academic2

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    Off the original topic, but you remind me that I recently went through my closet and found some old shirts from the early 70s when I was in college. They're a bit frayed but most still fit. I recently bought a Brooks Brothers shirt in the same size as those forty-year-old ones and I swear it's got about 7 inches of additional fabric around the middle compared to the older shirts. It's like putting on a poncho.

    The size and shape of the "average" American male, as evidenced by OTR shirt standards, have really changed over the years ...

    Cheers,

    Ac
     

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