"Assuming you don’t currently have any sport coats or blazers, I would advise against it. Black velvet would be inappropriate in the daytime, and in the evening there is a good chance it could be too dressy or too casual depending on the…"
"Suits are not pretentious. As long as you avoid flashy jewellery (watch, bracelet, tie bars) you should be fine. There are a several ways to scale down the formality if you want, such as brown shoes, knit tie, darker shirt.
In the scenario you…"
"I see a lot of good advice here already. There are basically two sides to approach this problem: (1) get better places to carry your stuff and (2) reduce the amount of stuff you carry. The best of bad solutions will combine both approaches.
"I have been using Ogallala Bay Rum shaving soap lately. It makes a lot of lather very easily, smells great, and doesn’t seem to dry out my skin as much as Williams.
I see you are in the United States, so I can’t comment on…"
"If you have worn those boots with mess dress, that's a perfect reason to buck tradition slightly and wear them with civilian black tie. After all, military mess dress and civilian black tie have been borrowing details from each other since the…"
"Yes, to all three bullet points. :)
But to go into a bit more detail:
A white pocket square is classic, but dark colours work well too.
Black shoes are appropriate. Boots are distinctly non-traditional with evening formal.
Cologne: use a…"
"Business casual sounds about right to me. Dark pants and black shoes, since it's in the evening. Shine your shoes. Sport coat, no tie. Maybe drop the sport coat if you feel it's too dressy, or add a tie if it's not dressy enough.
"How about some more info? Attire for a fundraiser at a rural Saskatchewan wagon wheel museum would be different from one at the Guggenheim in New York City. Also time of day and activities at the event would make a difference."
"If I’m at a barbecue with a shirtless cook, I would lose my appetite. The thought of another man’s chest hair, armpit hair - or the sweat thereof - falling on my food turns my stomach.
And aren’t your family and friends the most…"
"Always go with the grain first.
I find I cut myself only when I accidentally move the razor perpendicular to handle: make sure you move it only parallel to the handle.
One thing that may help with this is holding the razor by the very end of the…"
"The Vincero grey is light enough that dark brown shoes and belt would go well with it, I think, but for a special occasion in the evening, I would go with black shoes.
Another suggestion: since you are wearing a vest, consider suspenders instead of…"
"I don’t mean to sound snarky, but have you considered the possibility that you seem to have more facial hair than your peers only because they have already been shaving for a few years? Don’t most men start shaving younger than 16?"
"Without knowing more about the event (place, attire specified on the invitation, age and lifestyle of the other guests) I can't say for certain that it would be inappropriate, but my first impulse is to say don't wear that unless you are…"
"Definitely knee-high kilt hose with garters and garter flashes. Shorter socks look terrible with kilts. The only way short socks would be excusable is if you are participating in strong-man competition or something like that. For an event with any…"
Hi there Dean. Welcome to AoM. Also, I'd like to give you a friendly invite to check out my group, The Great Debate. Just click on "Groups." It's the one with the colorful galaxy picture. It's also one of the most active groups on AoM. In any case, great to have you with us.
"Sounds typical of a lot of what I experience when I work with kids today. They are so used to sitting and playing video games or whatever, that they dont adjust well to physical labor/exertion.
With my son I never really let him get started with…"
"We found an innovative solution. I told him if we go on the hike, there would be no complaining ... except by my right hand, who is a character in a lot of our play time (sort of a puppet, but I don't bother with a physical puppet), and…"
"Agreed. But this applies to everything you do with your kid. If you at any point cave to screaming and crying and throwing a fit... well now your kid learns that it's really just a matter of throwing a long and loud enough fit.
"My advice would be to not even treat it as a situation.
For most of human history, in most places, kids sleep in bed or on the floor with the parents, orin the same room.
My father slept in the same bed as his father until my dad was 12, with my…"
"I've seen some of this with my boys. One question is whether he is just verbally whining or physically dragging as well.
If he is just verbally complaining, then it may be a matter of teaching that there are times when it is appropriate…"
"Working with students for my entire professional career, I can assure you that co-sleeping or even same-room sleeping is not the healthiest setting for the developing child. Sleeping in the same room isn't a terrible thing, but it's not…"
"While I don't think co-sleeping will give you the rest you need. I see no problem with sleeping in the same room. Here is what we did.
Our son was in his stroller which had a param setting for the first few weeks. It let my…"