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My goal has over the past few years has been to wear a suit and tie every day as a personal dress code of my choosing, not just for work or as a uniform. After working up my wardrobe (and my nerve in the beginning) I am almost there and I am already known to many as a man who is never seen without a jacket and tie on. While I am not entirely insane (i.e. while I wear a suit TO the gym, I obviously don't wear a suit AT the gym or pool / beach), for the most part when I wake up I put on a suit and tie, keeping my tie snug and never loose until it comes off before bed. I've always liked the look and am more comfortable in a well tailored suit then I ever was in jeans.

I am wondering if there are any other gentleman that also predominately wear suits daily, as a choice? how many suits do you own? what has your experience been i.e. reactions from other people either positive or negative? I've seen a few other people on forums that have embraced a sartorial lifestyle, am interested in knowing if anyone else on here has achieved this goal or is attempting to reach it? Mutual encouragement is always helpful.
 

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While I do not wear a suit everyday, I do wear a sportcoat and a tie 9 out of 10 days. I, too, feel more comfortable in well made and well tailored clothing than I ever have in jeans and a sweatshirt.
I do wear a suit almost everyday to work. This is a tradition that is rapidly vanishing in the USA and I don't understand why. I am always getting compliments from clients and other professionals on how good and professional I look.
 

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I applaud both of you. How did we get to a point where grown men are wearing baseball caps worn backwards, oversized t-shirts & baggy low hung trousers with unlaced athletic shoes in the normal course.

My objective is to wear either a suit with a tie, or at least a long sleeve shirt and sport coat at least 5 days a week, and certainly when out socializing.
 

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I am at about 3 days a week out of personal choice. The problem is that while I'm in school laundry and ironing becomes the issue. I would like to get to 5-6 days a week after I graduate.
 

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I wear a suit almost every day (probably more than 9 days every two weeks). I find it easier to match. When I try to wear a sport coat, it just seems too complicated so early in the morning. My "casual days" will be a Navy Blazer. I have about 10 winter suits in rotation, and about the same for summer, with 2-3 all season suits. More in the closet that I occassionally wear--2 or three times a year.
 

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How did we get to a point where grown men are wearing baseball caps worn backwards, oversized t-shirts & baggy low hung trousers with unlaced athletic shoes in the normal course.
While I certainly won't object to the gentleman wearing a suit and tie everyday if that's what he wants to do, why the sudden leap from a suit and tie to "baseball caps worn backward, oversized t-shirts & baggy low hung trousers with unlaced athletic shoes."

I've seen this a number of times in this forum. Just because a guy doesn't wear a suit everyday doesn't mean that he dresses like you describe. There is a lot of clothing, much of it very nice and stylish, in between these extremes.

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I understand why chava is upset about men wearing ill fitting all casual clothing, but I see what you mean cruizer. I make it a point that this is not every persons choice, I would never insist other people dress like me. You can still be well dressed and not in a suit, just not for my personal dress code. I actually like being different and standing out, but Chava I appreciate your input, its nice to know I am not entirely unique
 

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I think we can all agree that the standard of appropriate and stylish dressing has slipped more than we would like. I also agree with Cruiser that one can certainly dress in less than a suit, sport coat and tie and look very presentable.
 

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I bought two decent corduroy jackets and from sometime in early March forward am wearing a button-down shirt and jacket 7 days a week. Because I have two small kids I am not in a position to wear a suit daily and not in a position to wear a tie on the playground where I would be exercising at, let's say, 50% of the level one would at the gym. However I was in loafers or chukkas, OCBD and cord blazer everywhere this weekend.

I noticed that after the election that MANY young people were wearing suits and blazers in all kinds of locations. They were looking MUCH sharper than "my" generation- I just turned 40. I do not think this is a small cultural change at all- I think suits, jackets and blazers are "in." I see plenty of people outside coffee houses with artsy pinstripe shirts and pinstripe jackets. This is a great time to wear a suit.

In fact, amongst the young people I've seen two major trends:
1. They wear v-neck sweaters instead of vests. I was seeing the v-neck sweater on as much as 1 out of 5 or 6 people this winter.
2. Wearing the corduroy jacket and v-neck sweater means that one can keep the heat down really low in the winter. This is part of the green energy thing. "Put on a sweater" etc.

I should warn you all though that throughout my childhood my father wore old suits when he would garden, mow the lawn, etc and they began to look really ratty, mishapen and out of place. But literally, instead of owning any kind of windbreaker, golf jacket or similar, he wore old suit jackets or heavy tweed/herringbone jackets. It once got so bad circa 1978 that we asked him to take off his jacket and leave it in the car- he looked ridiculous with it overtop a short sleeved Arrow shirt and bathing suit at the beach. Given that he didn't get these dry cleaned and used every pocket, I'll tell you, I don't feel like he looked particularly great, but it's what I grew up with.
 

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Oh and by the way, what triggered this with me was that my in-laws came to my son's birthday looking like they were wearing old pajamas. Adult men in stained gray sweatshirts and formless pseudo-denim-stretch slacks and formless shaved heads. Older cousins in crinkly sweatpants and ill-fitting hoodies. Little cousins in butt-ugly skull shirts and skull-pattern hoodies. Female cousins in ill-fitting "Fashion" sweatpants and underwear bands. Everyone wearing sneakers. Everyone looking a few pounds heavier than when I saw them last.

Kids received a stack of clothes from them that almost seemed to offend the sensibilities of the 6 year old- off-label sweat suit sets. Outfits that I knew cost under $6 from Wal-Mart, Kohls, etc. I'm staring at, you know, 6 shirts and 4 pants like, you would have done better to get one nice shirt and one nice pair of jeans. Does my kid NEED 4 new pairs of cheap pants that he'll destroy and I can't pass them down to the younger brother?

I said to myself, I am NOT going to go through this recession looking like that and I'm NOT going to spend money on something low-style just because it's cheap.

And it wasn't just sweatshirt material that got to me, it was haircuts and weight as well. Whatever we let happen before is over now and I refuse to be a person who lets their life goout of control.
 

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I am wondering if there are any other gentleman that also predominately wear suits daily, as a choice? how many suits do you own? what has your experience been i.e. reactions from other people either positive or negative? I've seen a few other people on forums that have embraced a sartorial lifestyle, am interested in knowing if anyone else on here has achieved this goal or is attempting to reach it? Mutual encouragement is always helpful.
I wear a sportcoat five days a week, and a tie Monday through Thursday. The reactions have been universally positive, which is a good sign - at less stable companies where I've worked wearing a tie made people wonder if I had a job interview elsewhere.

The dress code in my office is "business casual," although I have only seen my boss wear a golf shirt on the one occasion he stayed so late he actually slept in his office and showered at his club. The top executives wear suits and ties during the period each month when the financials are being analyzed.

So far, I seem to have converted one other person in the office, who now wears ties every day.

Part of my motivation was to get dressed up and feel like I was doing the well-paid white-collar job that I have; another part is that I often meet friends at their clubs for lunch and the membership mostly wears suits five days a week.
 

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Well, I do wear almost only either suits or sport jackets and tie. Now and then I will drop the tie for a day cravat if the occasion is suitably informal (like a walk on the beach or an evening at home).

The amount of suits I own is somewhat high but not outrageous especially considering the need for two different weights (for the different seasons of Europe) which more or less forces to double the amount.

Here in Saigon winter-clothes are useless and the few I brought with me are for trips to Hanoi during winter so they see very little use. The rest undergoes a rather strict rotation and each suit is worn a maximum of once per week and sometimes even less frequently.

Mine is a deliberate choice as I could just wear a longsleeved shirt with decent trousers and a have a tie at hand for meetings.

Nobody ever had a negative reaction and as a matter of fact I do receive an inordinate amount of compliments here (in Europe most people do not comment as much on my dress).
The last "critical" comment I received was in Europe some years ago, a colleague meeting me told me "Why do not you wear something more sporty?" (I had a blue chalk striped suit on) My answer was "But I do, do not you notice my pale blue sweater waistcoat?" This was the worst.

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I do not wear a suit every day, but I do wear Bills Khakis and a dress shirt. On those days when I do wear a suit, or even a sports jacket and tie, I'm always asked what the occasion is. I've also noticed that when I am dressed more formally, that I get much better service, whether in a clothing store or a restaurant.
This has been discussed here before, but on several occasions I've had customers at stores ask me a question about something or where something is, just because I'm wearing a suit and tie. I kind of like it:icon_smile:

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When I first went into business ...

after graduating from college in 1961, wearing a suit and tie every day was not a goal but a requirement. If this standard had been kept, we would all be much better for it. In retirement, I still wear a jacket amd tie three days a week - the days I go out to a restaurant or bistro.
 

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My goal has over the past few years has been to wear a suit and tie every day as a personal dress code of my choosing, not just for work or as a uniform. After working up my wardrobe (and my nerve in the beginning) I am almost there and I am already known to many as a man who is never seen without a jacket and tie on. While I am not entirely insane (i.e. while I wear a suit TO the gym, I obviously don't wear a suit AT the gym or pool / beach), for the most part when I wake up I put on a suit and tie, keeping my tie snug and never loose until it comes off before bed. I've always liked the look and am more comfortable in a well tailored suit then I ever was in jeans.

I am wondering if there are any other gentleman that also predominately wear suits daily, as a choice? how many suits do you own? what has your experience been i.e. reactions from other people either positive or negative? I've seen a few other people on forums that have embraced a sartorial lifestyle, am interested in knowing if anyone else on here has achieved this goal or is attempting to reach it? Mutual encouragement is always helpful.
I regularly get razzed at work for wearing a coat and tie even on Fridays. I often point out that Friday is often the day I go "casual" by wearing slip-on shoes and a button-cuff shirt (sometimes even with a b.d. collar). Still, the sartorial skeptics who quiz me seem to glory in their shame.

Like the OP, I'm also not a nut about this. I don't run errands on weekends, do chores, or exercise in a coat and tie. It's all about being properly dressed for the occasion and the activity. But at the office I do like to look smartly turned out and professional rather than try to dress like I did while I was in college or whatnot (actually even in college I think I was fairly well dressed, but I digress . . . .).
 

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This thread reminds me of Nixon. I remember as a teenager hearing that his housekeeper said she never saw Nixon out of his suit. I think it was meant to be a slight, but I thought it was pretty cool.

"As a boy, Nixon wore a tie and jacket to school, and his classmates often made fun of his solemn formality....Nixon always appeared to be more comfortable in his 3-button business suits than in casual wear. While relaxing in the sun at Key Biscayne or San Clemente, he was often dressed primly in a sports jacket. During his solitary walks along the beach, he generally wore his black dress shoes."
 

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As with anything, doing it constantly can lead to boredom . . .

. . . and certainly that's the case with "business casual".

I am suited for my business casual office for most of the winter, and sporadically during the summer months (the conditions of subway platforms in NYC in the summer being what they are, i.e. large communal saunas, I do generally draw the line at being suited solely for the purpose of making my dry cleaner wealthier).

Business casual is just too damn boring to practice with any frequency, save for meteorological need (khakis and polo shirts do come in handy for August commutation). I am very much in the minority in my office, yet, on those few days that I choose not to dress up (usually associated with rain or snow), the office seems disappointed that the "standard bearer" for sartorial splendour (such as it is) has let them down. (As is said, it's not easy being pretty - well, you get the general gist . . . :icon_smile:.)
 
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