Sir F. Chook, Inventor of Leopard Oil

Likeness captured upon a daguerrotype machine in Japan, July 1891


Wherein the Author reflects upon certain topical & personal issues of the Day.

Eveningwear, The Earl Grey and Respectable Broadsheets.

Penned upon the 25th of September, 2006

In amid matters of international import and wide public scrutiny, Saturday’s The Age contained one article which may have been passed quite over: “Don’t Meddle With Style”, justly condemning Blokes for attending evening functions dressed in their day-suits, and worse, their weird day-suits, in a misguided attempt to exhibit the individuality they haven’t got. I, your humbly well-groomed editor, penned a letter to that paper in reply, which you can read in today’s edition, and which I shall reproduce below for posterity.

Sartorial savvy

KENNETH Nguyen’s article “Don’t meddle with style” (A2, 23/9) is right to point out that just putting on a suit does not dashing formal wear make, but footballers and movie stars are equally capable of looking atrocious in a dinner jacket.

There’s a world of difference between an English-cut double-breasted dinner suit with peak lapels and a matching waistcoat and an American-cut three-button suit with notch lapels and an optional cummerbund: one makes you look like a young Sean Connery, while the other just makes you look like a schlub.

In any case, real men’s evening wear is white tie and tails, universally flattering — black tie is just a corruption of the semi-formal smoking jacket, and personally, if I have to wear a smoking jacket I’m going to wear one in gold and burgundy brocade, thanks.

Frederick Chook, co-founder, The Earl Grey Social Club

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