A few weeks back I was at an event conversing with an older gentleman. It was quite a nice conversation and then it turned to men’s dress and it got even better. I often enjoy talking with guys from a previous generation than mine about men’s dress.
We often hear or read about an era when gentlemen dressed like ‘gentlemen’. The gentleman I was speaking with wanted to expound on those times a little. He shared a few bits of those time with me which I will paraphrase the best I can, sadly my memory is not good enough to quote him, as his verbiage and grammar was certainly better than mine. But anyway.
‘They didn’t have a dress code, everyone knew how to dress’, whilst referring to ‘business casual’ and the plethora of dress codes we now hear of.
‘You wore lace ups and you didn’t take your jacket off if you would be seen in public’, whilst referring to the dressing of men in general.
‘No one took off their jacket during a meeting, even if the most senior person at the table did.’ Whilst referring to dressing for the office.
Not saying that things should be that way these days. But it is certainly some interesting things to think about.
Photocredit: Gentleman’s Gazette