So often, the best arguments for traditional formal wear are the arguments against it. This excerpt from a recent article in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette could be a carbon copy of similar proclamations written since the 1960s, all featuring outfits that were quickly dispensed to history’s rubbish bin.
For far too long, formal dress for men has meant one thing: the penguin suit. No matter the fabric, cut or price, black suits, and white shirts pretty much all look the same in the evening light. While there will always be a place for the classic tuxedo . . . there is a growing trend toward self-expression and a less traditional approach to black-tie dressing.
The article goes on to say that Pittsburgh has its share of well-dressed men “who aren’t afraid to buck convention”. Some of the examples it presents are quite tasteful, others not so much. Like her journalist predecessors before her, the writer may have been entranced by the luxury brand names behind the garments – like the Burberry number below – but wiser observers are well aware that high price doesn’t always translate into good taste. No doubt such pearls of sartorial wisdom will continue until the end of time, or the end of the tuxedo, whichever comes first.