We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
...because a cute, perky young gal held the door for me at the gym at 5 am this morning. Sheesh.
And because my lad now fits into my tux. He borrows it when he needs it, but the legs and sleeves are a little bit short but not so's you would notice at a crowded event.
I've had mine for many years. Admittedly, Brooks did let out the waist an inch for me (35 to 36) a while ago and it has been dry cleaned many times.
The lad fits into my formal dress shirts too, and I am happy to loan him my grandpa's gold studs and cufflinks. If one is not wealthy, as I am not, a classic Brooks tux remains a bargain, is always appropriate, and is cheaper than an ordinary fancy suit. They last forever unless you get fat or live a far more hoity-toity life than I do. It's holiday season now and, in Yankeeland, you have to dress up a little for special occasions. Year 'round, really. At Christmas and New Year's, I just do it by adding my red holiday cummerbund and red bow tie.
It's a uniform. Maybe we remain a little old-fashioned. Nowadays, we easily forget that the tux was invented (in Tuxedo Park, of course) as a casual dinner get-up for the jazz-age youth who rightly rebelled against wearing vests and tails to dinner and parties.
You are so right about that classic Brooks tux. Mine's going on 28 years now. The secret, as with all good suits, is NOT to dry clean them if at all possible. Brush, sponge and press. The first suits I had made at Brooks (1978-80) are still in my closet. My son has worn them (and later ones) and I expect my grandsons will wear them. Unfortunately, THAT Brooks Bros. (Except for the great button down shirts) is gone forever. Good Lord, they even put LOGOs on a lot of their shirts now.
Ralph Kinney Bennett
Well, you're may not be wealthy by most standards but wealthy enough to be hanging around with people of a certain status who'd invite you somewhere you need a tux. For my husband it would be a waste.
A tuxedo is certainly not one of "life's necessities" any more than, say, a hunter's camo and associated gear (which can easily add up to a lot more than the cost, even of a Brooks tux). But for some it's just something nice to have, even if used rarely.
Ralph Kinney Bennett