Originally Posted by hedonist222
Well thats the US for you.... too much freedom, individuality and liberalism can lead to, well flip flops in an upscale restaurant.
All social occasions call for some type of dress code whether one acknowledges them or not. Hedonist
's anecdote is just a case in point. Woe to the person transgressing those codes! He will be shown out the door!
Sometimes one still sees signs in the U.S.: "No shirt, no shoes, no service."
When one sees an invitation that says, "Black tie optional," it's really not an option. Anyone showing up in a sport coat, or worse--his shirtsleeves--will be viewed as a clod. The words "black tie optional" is simply letting one know the formality of the occasion. The clueless will read this as, "Oh, I don't
have to rent a tux!"
I have nothing at all against casual, but the dress should fit the occasion.
I think a celebrity once made the horrendous faux pas
of wearing a black tie with tails.
BTW, there is something called "Hollywood black tie."http://www.jonathanquearney.com/wb/a...black_tie.htmlhttp://www.mensflair.com/style-advic...tie-attire.php