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How often do most people wear evening gowns and tuxes nowadays in the US? Less and less often, for certain in New England, as even the upper classes and aristocracy prefer more informal events and dress.
Where the instructions "Formal attire" used to mean gowns and dinner dress fro men, now it means dresses and suits. Dress has obviously become small-d democratized. There is a loss in that, a loss of elegance at the least.
We're now at the point where even formal black or white-tie weddings (evenings only, please) look like silly costume shows. That ten year-old gown should be fine, and who cares?
I recently realized that I own enough formal wear, footwear, outerwear, sportswear, riding wear, ski gear, boating gear, and athletic gear to last my lifetime, not including new tennis racquets. I am done accumulating it as long as my size doesn't change, which will not.
Probably because I had to wear a coat and tie to high school classes and meals and a suite and tie shoes to Sunday Chapel, I never feel like it's a great burden to dress up occasionally. For example, I always wear a coat and tie to church and almost always when we go to a nice restaurant. I think it's sad that the willingness or expectation to dress up a little is going away. Dressing up displays a certain respect for the occasion and/or host or hostess.
I also have a tuxedo out of which I'd like to get my money's worth! :-)
I too dress for church. When I was a professor (2001-2011) I always wore a shirt and tie...certainly was the exception. You can never have too much hunting or fishing gear. For upland bird hunting I exclusively wear old style Red Wing Irish Setters--the ones with the white/cream sole--they last for decades. Distinctive tread so I can see where I have been! Spent a career as an exploration geologist working around the world. I still have my original Filson cruiser vest--tan--that I purchased for geology field camp in 1970.
Men used to dress up because you had to impress the LADIES!
AS there are very FEW ladies anymore, there's no reason to dress for them.
Go to any popular bar/restaurant on a Friday night and enjoy the "Slut-o-rama!" Complete with overly made-up tarts sporting expensive ripped/torn jeans, Tee shirts, designer-less dresses/skirts which barely cover their asses and footwear consisting of either rodeo clown boots, gladiator sandals or flip-flops!
No little discreet black dresses or plain black or maroon red pumps with moderate heels! Thus, No LADIES in sight!
Having recently gone through and donated my late husband's clothes including the "tails" he wore at his first wedding, all I kept were his Army fatigues, the only important and deeply touching thing to me in the closet.
Same here. I have enough sparkly clothes to wear to the occasional symphony or special night out, and ample day wear for the rest of the time.
It took a while to get over the urge to buy more clothing until I realized that my taste hasn't changed in a long time and I pretty much had the same thing at home. Now it's just replacement purchases.
I love wearing a tuxedo, though not tails so much. Dressing up a little, say non-denim pants,corduroy, twill, flannel, etc., collared shirt, tie, V-neck seater, (essentially what we had to wear in Public School in the 1960's), is enough to set you apart from the dowdy herd, and is comfortable. Jacket and tie. It really doesn't take all that much. Save the t-shirts and jeans for summer vacations.
Same here.... I have 5 'dress' dresses that I alternate when we go to our once yearly Marine Corps Ball. The same folks come to this big elaborate ball every year, so there was the possibility of recognizing the 'same dress as last year'. I'm getting old enough now that I can't remember which dress I wore last year! So I hang them in order, selecting from the back of the closet each year. There. Fixed.
My husband isn't that keen on dressing up, except for the MCB, but dang that man looks GOOD in a suit, a tux or a T-shirt. ;->