My father wore a uniform – dark blue, with a company name patch on the shirt. I think they also provided him with a winter jacket but I can’t be sure. The shirts were short sleeved for the warm months and long sleeved for the cold months.
But here’s the thing – my father also owned a tuxedo, a fancy tuxedo shirt, studs, gold cufflinks, a tie-it-yourself bow tie, a dark navy blue cashmere overcoat and a matching wool fedora.
My father wore his tuxedo twice a month to attend meetings at his lodge (he was a Mason). His Lodge held 3 meetings a month and two required formal dress.
When I was a little girl I so remember Friday nights when Daddy would get all dressed up and I thought he was the handsomest man in the world!
It wasn’t until I was much older that I wondered how strange it was that a beer delivery truck driver owned his own tuxedo!
But – it did instill in me a preference for men in tuxedos. I’ve always said that there are only two “outfits’ for men –
- a well fitting classic tuxedo and
- nicely fitted jeans, cowboy boots, an open neck dress shirt and a leather jacket.
And always and forever a man in a tuxedo will capture my fancy.