So to Tie not tie…that is the question
In the past I have seen my share of meeting notices that have been snail mailed, emailed or both to Lodge members.
There always seems to be some confusion in the Craft as to the “attire” that is dictated by the event or even the WM.
Below is a nice visual indicator of what is meant by the superfluous attire statements like Business casual, or Semi-formal. It should be noted however that some of these attire statements are self explanatory and not included in below graphic, like formal (black tie). Which universally means tuxedo and black or dark bow tie or cravat.
Additionally some attention should be given to formal or black tie attire:
of course for the full spectrum of do’s and dont’s:
It cannot be overstated that one should always dress to impress. As Freemasons we are taught that it is the inner, not the outer that is important. But nobody can argue the importance of the first impression. You only have one chance to make it.
Some parting words…whatever you decide to wear clean and neat is always preferable. And for the man that likes to go “bold” with color and fashion, just make sure you can pull it off. I have always told younger men to wear a business suit and tie, the tie, jacket or both are removable if the condition warrant. It’s always better to be overdressed than under dressed.
Men’s clothing needs not be expensive or hard to find. Don’t be afraid to find items in thrift shops, just make sure they are in good condition and slightly larger than you need. A suit jacket, pants and tux, waistcoat can all be taken in but it’s much harder to let them out. Find a good tailor in your local neighborhood.
Some further reading on men’s attire and etiquette at the Art of Manliness Webpage
- Posted by William Arnold
- On December 19, 2016
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