The other week I was at a conference: a small do of about 30 people – all of them blokes. Well, all blokes bar the lady who organised the whole gig. She had a really nice black shift dress with a faux shirt layered under it… but I’m waffling.
I, like perhaps you, do my fair share of dressing up – cross-dressing if you want to be precise – but what about dressing up the other way? Male dressing up. Some may say ‘en drab’ but that’s not always true. There are some nice clothes if you’re a chap. Shirt and tie are typical office garb, but there’s other uniforms: a format of clothes that marks us out as a particular type of worker.
Talking of uniforms, one common sight at these conferences is the suit. Or perhaps more accurately, the business suit and tie. I keep my suits for such occasions because like a nice dress, I like to keep them special. To me, a good suit, isn’t something you wear everyday. It takes the occasion out of it, but then my attitude to clothes, perhaps like yours, is rather broader than your average chap. 🙂
During one of the seminars – where my mind drifted off as per – I started to take in my fellow attendee’s clothing. While ‘the suit’ was the top item, I noticed a number of gents with open collars and no tie. Maybe I’m odd – no, don’t answer that – but to me, wearing a suit without a tie just doesn’t feel right.
I’ve read and heard in a few places that the tie is on it’s way out, but I’m not sure I agree. Maybe we will become less formal, but I think if you need the right look – perhaps gravitas even – you need to be dressed up properly. A shirt and no tie means ‘down the pub’. 🙂
[ Today’s lyric: Putting on the Ritz by Irving Berlin. Something I cannot hear without thinking about Young Frankenstein 🙂 ]