Rosemary Mac Cabe

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Men in formalwear – with a twist

I don’t think I’m alone in always feeling a little sorry for men when it comes to formal occasions. I know there’s the point that men don’t care about clothing, dislike shopping and generally like the road less hassled, but there’s …

Wed, Jun 2, 2010, 16:10

   

I don’t think I’m alone in always feeling a little sorry for men when it comes to formal occasions. I know there’s the point that men don’t care about clothing, dislike shopping and generally like the road less hassled, but there’s something just that little bit joyless about these endless cycles of black tie that pervade our dressy occasions.

While women adorn themselves in silks, satins (ugh) and more costume jewellery than you could shake a stick at, men have to make do with varying shades of grey and black, and perhaps a vaguely patterned tie that wouldn’t look out of place in a 1980s Tom Hanks love story. (Why, incidentally, was Hanks ever cast as a romantic lead? That is just such an unlikely scenario.)

Anyway lookit: you can make your formalwear individual. People do it all the time. Where? In America. When? At their weddings. Those two facts aside, I really think that little accents are things that anyone can incorporate into their looks, and there are few things in the world that please me more than Converse paired with a suit. In fact, I can’t think of a single one.

This man is wearing a cardigan over his shirt and tie. A cardigan! How delightful. As for the oxfords in the top photograph, I can barely contain my joy. What say you, menfolk of Ireland? Would you give it a try at the next wedding you attend? In the boardroom? At a working lunch? Or is this a sartorial step too far for our conservative buachaillí?

All images via OnceWed. Don’t judge me for reading it until you’ve read it yourself. Amazing photography, inspiring ideas, just some really happy stuff going on over there.

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