Hopefully this is the appropriate section, a moderator may move this to Suits, if not. I was hoping to canvass the Lounge's opinions, observations, gripes, etc with the way black tie is worn today. Now, as some may know, I'm likely the youngest member to grace the Lounge (someone may correct me on this, I'd love to be proven wrong), incidentally I have only gone to a few black tie events. Two weddings, and a dinner for my aunt's law firm, all three in which I wore my grandfather's shawl lapel Saks Fifth tuxedo and opera shoes, and cummerbund. Unfortunately, grandma is still holding onto pops' black tie ensemble, so don't expect any pictures Anyway, to the point. At these three events, all of which were prior to my interest in vintage fashions and when I was observant about how it's changed with culture, I could not help but notice many faux pas's that break the conventions of black tie. Notch lapels, two-button closures, brown shoes (eek!), cap-toes, suspender + belts (really?), unconventional colors, neckties, the list goes on. Some don't either follow the dress code at all, and instead disguise black business suits as tuxes. Has this lack of interest in following the conventions of black tie been a continual process since, say, the 1970's? Is it a matter of being able to afford all the pieces required? What do y'all think?