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Snippet: Has the suit and tie had its day? Maybe, says M&S

Suits you sir? Maybe it doesn’t any more. Sales of formal tailoring have taken a fresh dive as chinos and trainers replace suits and ties in the office.

In a presentation to City analysts earlier this week, Marks & Spencer, the UK’s biggest menswear retailer, said it was cutting back its formalwear ranges and the space devoted to selling suits, pointing to a market-wide 7% fall in suit sales.

Sales of ties are down by nearly 6% while blazers and formal jackets fell by 10% year on year, according to market analysts Kantar.

Jacob Rees-Mogg may be hiding inside a giant ill-fitting suit, but the typical British man is not only unlikely to have to wear a jacket, tie and tailored trousers to the office but has also eased out of a suit for formal occasions.

City banks such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan, once bastions of sharp suits, have relaxed their dress-code to keep pace with rival employers such as tech giants Facebook and Apple, where the founders’ famously casual attire has become the mark of a modern workplace.

 

Full article: http://www.msn.com/en-gb/lifestyle/style/has-the-suit-and-tie-had-its-day-maybe-says-mands/ar-AAIjoyE?ocid=ientp

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The Americans have never understood anything about class and elegance, and the fact that the British are imitating them in their way of dressing is a disgrace

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One of the things that make Freemasonry special is the formal dress, in my opinion.  New members appear to like this characteristic.  As long as they do, that's fine.  A century and more ago knee breeches and hose were the dress, as you will still find in Apollo Lodge today (the members love it and and are proud to continue).  So perhaps now may not be yet the time for a wholesale change.

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21 hours ago, Trouillogan said:

One of the things that make Freemasonry special is the formal dress, in my opinion.  New members appear to like this characteristic.  As long as they do, that's fine.  A century and more ago knee breeches and hose were the dress, as you will still find in Apollo Lodge today (the members love it and and are proud to continue).  So perhaps now may not be yet the time for a wholesale change.

And Scientific No.88 and Isaac Newton 859 in Cambridge too......

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9 hours ago, 3GP441 said:

And Scientific No.88 and Isaac Newton 859 in Cambridge too......

Although from memory, 88 only wear them at Installation don't they?

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