Sunday, April 24, 2011
Easter Sunday is formal day wear season to the extent that formal or semi-formal day wear still has a place in North America. At any rate, if you attend a formal church in a large metropolis, you might not be the only man in a black jacket, striped trousers, dress shirt with a colored body and a white collar and a Macclesfield necktie. Emphasis on the word "might" please.
Strollers are more American than morning coats in my opinion, or at least they were. Other than Easter of course, one might barely be able to wear the black jacket to a funeral without making a spectacle of himself. Past that, unless a man has occasion to attend diplomatic receptions regularly or wears it downtown for no particular reason once in a while, the opportunities are limited to the rare wedding that is formal enough. Which of course reminds me that the Royal Wedding is coming up and the invitations specify "uniform, morning coat or lounge suit." If, like me, your military service days are past, attending the Wedding might give a man reason to break his out. After all, lounge suits are acceptable so surely a stroller would be OK in addition to the specified morning coat. On the other hand, my invitation never arrived so the opportunity will be lost. Oh well.
But Easter is stroller season to the extent we still have one.