When Formal Attire is Required
The invitation might have read: “You’re invited to dinner this evening at our home. It will be small group of family and friends, so one of your dinner jackets will be sufficient attire.” Really? Yep! Believe it or not, it wasn’t so long ago, just four generations or less, when a man of some means and class would have been considered too casually dressed to be seen in public after 6pm (or when it got dark) if he were merely wearing what we call a Tuxedo or Dinner Jacket. Shoot, these days you barely need a jacket of any sort at most places. Culture has caved!
From One Generation to the Next
Certain experiences, places, and treasured possessions get even better when shared with family and good friends. The families we admire most are rich in such shared experiences.
Dressing the Best at the Tailgate
Pity the man with the vegetable tray. I really have nothing against cut up vegetables and Ranch dip, but I’m glad that I wasn’t the one who showed up at the season’s first Tailgate party with that in hand. It’s just better form to arrive with most anything wrapped in bacon, great sausage to throw on the grill, a bottle of really good Napa Cab or a great new micro brew. All that being said, if you are not the host, what would be worse than not bringing something excellent to share would be to arrive empty-handed.
Your Formal Wear and Socializing Change Up
On a recent evening I asked my wife, “What kind of man should wear velvet?” and she said, “An elegant man!” Then she qualified that with, “an elegant man, with a trim torso….you know…like George Clooney!” Well, I’m not sure where that leaves you, but I’m over here in my favorite chair with a glass of red wine thinking I don’t need to be a Hollywood leading man to dress like one.
Let’s be honest. We’re not talking about a blue blazer right now. A velvet jacket is not an “everyman’s” garment. Then again, what is elegance but a state of mind and tailored jacket that fits and is properly worn?