The Death Of Formal Attire Has Been Greatly Exaggerated

The Man From The Hornet writes… Interesting to read yesterday of the increased formality at Ascot. It called to mind the constant question that crops up on slow (or hangover) days in the style press. “Is ———————— Dead?”

You can fill in the blank with any of the following: The Tie, The Shoe, The Shirt, The Jacket, The Suit, The Razor, The Bar Of Soap or indeed any traditional item of men’s apparel and grooming.

To illustrate the point, we’ve dug out this little piece on the death of formal wear from The Tatler of May 1960…


“The formal suit business has been dealt what could prove to be a haymaker by Princess Margaret’s wedding…

Normally most of the guests [would have been attired in] the usual morning coats and striped pants. Instead the word went forth from Clarence House that lounge suits would be enough. Will this precedent now catch on? Has the venerable tradition of formal dress been breached for good?”



The Guv’nor adds: How many times do I have to say it? Not fashion. Style.


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