Would you wear a suit and tie if you didn't have to?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Jacksdad, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. Cravate_Noire

    Cravate_Noire Senior member

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    I have to regularly once a week and on additional occasions which appear maybe once or twice a month, and overall once or twice a month I need to wear at least dress slacks with a sportocat (which I usually wear with a tie or cravate then).
    I don't have a job or anything (university, blahh) I would have to dress up, that's for fraternity stuff only!
    However, I have faaaaaaaaaar more suits and ties than necessary for those few formal meetings.
     
  2. bmulford

    bmulford Senior member

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    I don't have to and I do.

    +1
     
  3. Jacksdad

    Jacksdad Senior member

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    Thanks for the replies guys! I probably won't be wearing dress shirts, slacks, ties, or suits, when I am at home. However, I think I will scale down my wardrobe and try to keep some great basics just so I have them. Here's what I'm thinking;
    1 Black suit (funerals/formal dinners), a basic navy super 190s for summer time, charcoal pinstripe cashmere suit for winter/christmas, Tuxedo for black tie events, and a 3 sport coats and trousers for everything in between.[​IMG]
     
  4. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    Put me also in the "don't have to, but do" group.

    I like the look of tailored clothing on me.
     
  5. WestIndianArchie

    WestIndianArchie Senior member

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    I don't have to, but I do. I work downtown though, so i've got ulterior motives for looking sharp.
     
  6. bmulford

    bmulford Senior member

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    I don't have to, but I do. I work downtown though, so i've got ulterior motives for looking sharp.

    Pan handler fetish?
     
  7. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    I don't have to, and I can't, though I wish I do. [​IMG]
     
  8. eg1

    eg1 Senior member

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    I am not required to wear a jacket to work, but I choose to every day -- sometimes suits, sometimes sportcoat.
     
  9. AJR Journal

    AJR Journal Well-Known Member

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    I recently added up how much I have invested in my great clothing. I was shocked when it added up to the price of a new Harley-Davidson motorcycle! What was I saving them for? I decided then and there to wear a suit and tie, a sportcoat and tie, etc. every chance I get. Now, there isn't anything I can do and not be in those clothes. I love it.
    Plus, when I wear them out, I get to buy more!
     
  10. Francisco D'Anconia

    Francisco D'Anconia Senior member

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    I don't have to, but I do. Why?
    • I like it. And I don't like the casual clothing I choose for myself. I can do it, but I don't think I've ever had one of those "man that looks good, I can't believe that I thought that up" moments without at least a necktie or odd jacket.
    • Packaging work as a lawyer in a BigLaw law firm. With what clients pay us, I feel like I should bear the look of a traditional lawyer, not a pizza delivery boy or the front man for a grunge band (not to imugn pizza delivery boys and grunge band front men).
    • Becuase so few wear suits, or even odd jacket and ties, anymore, to me now days wearing a suit to work seems traditionalist iconoclastic subversiveness. I like subversion. It's kind of like early Smother Brothers - the look is straight laced traditional, the rhetoric is irreverent. [​IMG]
     
  11. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    I do when I have to and when I don't.
     
  12. binge

    binge Senior member

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    Why wouldn't you?
     
  13. dclloyd

    dclloyd Senior member

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    I work from home now and have no need to wear a jacket and tie. I pretty much sit in front of the computer and could stay in my underwear all day if I wanted to. What's sad is I miss wearing a good portion of my wardrobe. I even purchased a new suit, sport coat, and trousers just last week because they were such great deals (thank you SAKS!). I love tailored clothing, but don't really have a need to dress up anymore.
    Is there anyone else in the same boat who is having a similar issue?[​IMG]


    I work from home more often than not, and usually wear a suit and tie. It's a good way of differentiating between 'home' and 'work' when they're in the same location. And also, being in sales, I find myself feeling more confident and assertive talking to customers via phone when I'm dressed professionally. Maybe not for everyone but it works for me ...
     
  14. Spatlese

    Spatlese Senior member

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    I don't have to, and haven't for the past few years, but will start doing so (suit or odd jackets, but probably not ties).
     
  15. free man

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    Sportcoats are fun, I don't have a job currently (college student) but I'll wear a sportcoat on nights out to somewhere public. Restaurants or concerts or something. But if I wore a suit and tie I would get alott of weird looks.
     

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