Monday, May 11, 2009

Presidential Dandy - Black Tie Optional?

There has been a lot of discussion about President Obama's attire at the Correspondents' Dinner Saturday night. Traditionally a black tie event, President Obama wore a long necktie rather than a bow tie. This was a popular trend several years ago at Hollywood openings and award shows; a trend that seems to have waned. I'm a big advocate of strictly wearing bow ties at formal events. Do you agree?
C.H.
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5 comments:

Mr Brown said...

Black tie on the whole is a totally uninspiring occasion.

As for bow tie or otherwise make your own rules up - that's where the dinner jacket came from after all.

Anonymous said...

Such a shame when great men make glaring errors.

Joshua Alexander said...

he may as well worn jeans, he obviously wasn't considering class

spiceitupladybug said...

I really don't think a bow tie is more appropriate for formal events than a regular one. In Portugal, my country, it's very uncommon to actually see a bow tie anywhere, and I don't like them, I think they don't flatter anyone (except, maybe, Chuck Bass - but what doesn't?). Obama's election itself was a little revolution, the man has new and great ideas. Why would he wanna stick to regular protocol? It's not a diplomatic question, it's fashion. Fashion is, in a way, a expression of yourself. So, if president Obama doesn't wear a bow tie to a black tie event, that's up to him, he has great personal style anyway. And he's not the first lady, he's the president. As much as I love fashion, his political decisions should matter the most. For me, if he helps even a little bit changing the world for better, he can do it in jeans and flips-flops.

Anonymous said...

Hey spiceitupladybug, you are so so so right, I totally agree with you. Go Obama!

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