Browsing All Posts filed under »Morning Dress«

Flashback: The Cutaway’s Curtain Call

April 29, 2012


Following World War Two, menswear in the United States broke away from Old World stylings and began to fashion a distinctly American emphasis on athleticism, youthfulness and informality.  This marked the beginning of the end for Morning Dress which became increasingly relegated to the role of wedding attire.  By the 1960s even that role was […]

Happy Medium for Morning Dress

April 12, 2012


Formerly in London it was not permissible for a man to go to a luncheon or afternoon party in anything but a black tail-coat and striped trousers – the official morning-dress.  Now he may go in a lounge-suit, but this should be of dark material or blue serge. Many men strike a happy mean by […]

Easter Parade

April 5, 2012


The unfettered materialism of Christmas has obscured the fact that Easter is actually the most important holiday in the Christian calendar.  Back in the day the well-to-do would don their very best for Easter services which meant morning dress for the gentlemen.  In New York City they would then literally parade their finery down 5th […]

Afternoon Weddings, Evening Receptions

April 3, 2012


I get a lot of queries from North American brides and grooms about what dress is appropriate for formal weddings that straddle the dividing line between day and evening.  I answer this question in the Guide’s Formal Evening Weddings  page but it’s worth repeating here. To recap the standard etiquette, if the ceremony and reception […]

Royal Refinement

February 6, 2012


Today marks the 60th anniversary of the Queen Elizabeth II’s accession to the throne, an exciting and historic moment for me as a Canadian and a monarchist.  To mark the occasion I thought I would pay tribute to the men in her family who demonstrate regularly how conventional formal wear continues to be the height […]


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