"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.
"I must specify that the doctor prescribed me
Prilosec + Gaviscon for 2weeks
In general, I feel more noise when I eat greasy food, fried, chocolate. The food comes back up the throat and as if the food doesn't go forward. Another…"
I am trying to "up" my style and wardrobe, by having what I already have fit me better by going to a tailor. Does anyone have or know a good, trustworthy tailor in the Pittsburgh area? Greatly appreciated.See More
"Nope, I know this isn't what you want to hear but truth is they are no liable for you car even if it is in their lot. Honestly I would be surprised if the cameras worked most places I've worked with big signs about the cameras count on the…"
I've been working in a department store (Belk) inside of a mall for almost three years now. I've never had any security problems and I've always felt safe up until last Friday. I departed from school around 2:20 and I arrived at work at 2:40pm for my 3 o'clock shift. Belk employees have to park on the third floor of the parking deck which I've been doing. On this particular day, the deck was a bit fuller than usual due to the Easter weekend so I parked in the very back of the deck against the…See More
"I can't remember if I have mentioned this before, but there is a book that lays the groundwork for such a question and it was by an author called Barry Fells. He posited that there were many groups here in what we call the United States…"