Men's dress standards

Leslie Henderson

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John,
I agree with Lee. I think most people who overdress
for less formal occassions are looking for an excuse
to wear their finest. I do it sometimes, as I don't
have that many opportunities to wear the really nice
dresses that "should" be reserved for balls unless I
wear them to dances sometimes. It's an excuse to
dresss up. I, in fact, feel a little out of place
when I do this because I'm aware that I'm at a dance
and not a ball, but I've done it by choice, not to
make others feel underdressed. As for the football
game, (although I detect a degree of sarcasm in the
question), I'd say that if you wanted to wear a tuxedo
to the game, you should, and to heck what anybody
thinks about you as a result...

Leslie
--- John McCain <xxxxxxx@XXXX.xxx.xxx> wrote:
> Mr. Mungall,
>
> Thanks for the very informative response. If I
> understand
> you correctly:
>
> >John, It's never out of place to wear black tie to
> evening
> functions.
>
> this means that black tie would be appropriate at a
> dance not specifically asking for formal wear in the
>
> invitation. For that matter, black tie would be
> appropriate
> to wear to a folk concert or a football game if
> these
> events are at night.
>
> And, if one is wearing a button down shirt, open at
> the collar, at a "social", and another is wearing
> some
> of the attire you outlined, both are appropriate?
>
> Thanks again,
> John
>
> ---------- Original Message
> ----------------------------------
> From: "Thomas G. Mungall, III" <xxxxxxxx@xxxx.xxx>
> Reply-To: xxxxxxxxxx@xx.xxxxxxxxxx.xxx-xxxxxxxxx.xx
> Date: Sun, 10 Dec 2000 09:30:34 -0600
>
> >John, It's never out of place to wear black tie to
> evening
> functions. Some
> >functions like the opera it's understood that
> formal attire is
> the standard
> >of dress. However, simple socials do not demand
> formal
> attire unless the
> >invitation reads "Black tie" which is a signal that
> both men
> and women wear
> >a certain level of formal attire.
> >
> >Formal Highland attire is in order whenever the
> invitation
> on an
> >announcement reads "Black Tie" or "Scottish Evening
>
> Wear" requested. For
> >men, this means the equivalent of a tuxedo. The
> sartorial
> elements include a...<snip>
>
> --
> "John McCain" <xxxxxxx@XXXX.xxx.xxx>
>

=====

Leslie Henderson, Bellingham WA USA
Skagit Scottish Country Dancers: http://www.skagitscd.org

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