I couldn’t wear a solid white shirt without a tie.
Not all women know how a man should dress. And for what its worth, there are too many resources out there today on how to dress properly that there is no excuse for someone to be ignorant about proper fashion.
In addition, regarding the comment about not having anyone to dress up for, how about dressing up for yourself?]]>
I guess your typical Mormon gal likes a “fixer-upper” Steve.]]>
A few years back the WSJ had an article about many professional men having wives from blue collar background that weren’t very helpful in this regard. The writer even mentioned on his first real job, his boss complimented him on his new Brooks Brothers suit, and he replied, “yeah looks great, but you’d think it would come with real pockets.” The boss laughed, took out some scissors and opened the pockets for him.
My fashion sense comes from the coaching of gay friends (yes, even BYU had them, even back then) and having lived in France, The Netherlands, UK and working in Manhattan. Regarding ties, I meant it should touch or cover the belt. Short ties look awful.
But regarding the ladies, I’m afraid being too nice and cleaned up can hurt, as I posted here: http://mormonopenforum.blogsome.com/2006/08/01/advice-for-the-marriage-minded-single-heterosexual-lds-male/]]>
I think you are talking about the abomination they called Swedish Knit. I hated that suit, and couldn’t even burn it. When I tried, it melted.]]>
They were easier to clean too.]]>
The suits I’m thinking of were circa late 70′s, a rather coarse weave, somewhat shiney, machine washable and virtually indestructable. I’m pretty sure they were nylon, but certainly 100% synthetic and of a fiber that had no business being used in a suit. But bear in mind that back then nice wool suits cost the same in late 70′s dollars as they do in today’s dollars, so they were several times more expensive. Moreover, nice wool suits will only hold up a year in a typical mission, so I think people were just doing the best they could to meet the church’s missionary dress code. Anyway, the typical Elder today is much better dressed than in my time, and I was wondering when those awful suits died out.