In my natural state, you would most often find me in desperate need of a haircut, a shave and a wardrobe consisting of something other than black T-shirts with skulls on them. Still, there are some things I'll dress up for. Theater, for example. You can wear jeans to the cinema, but at the theater, there are live human beings extending you the courtesy of performing for you, and this you need to respect - regardless of whether the performance is good or not. I won't dress formal for a burial, on the assumption that the key figure really couldn't care less any more, but I do wear a suit and tie when I go to see a play.
Every man needs to own a formal suit, even if he will only use it twice, to be married and buried. And every man needs to know how to tie a double Windsor, even if on the second of the abovementioned occasions somebody will do it for him.
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Formal suit? Don't you have a tux?
-- Ward from CoT
Nope. In the US it's apparently the highschool prom thing, but around here tuxedos are for *extremely* formal occasions. I think my dad only ever wore a tux once, when receiving his knighthood.
I've worn mine (bought for my wedding) to 3 or 4 other weddings, 1 theatre opening, and twice on a cruise. I got a very, very conservative one, though.
Oh, yeah, and I wore it when we met the Pope on our honeymoon.
All of those would be simple suit&tie affairs around here. Including meeting the Pope.
A tux is for when you want to look not only formal, but deliberately conservative.
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