[I-know-you're-not-my-mom-filter] So what should I wear to the Inauguration? I know, it seems like a ridiculously simple question.
I 've seen this question
, and while it's useful, it's not really addressing my question. In short, what is appropriate wear to the Inaugural Swearing-In ceremony?
We managed to win the "lottery" at my House Rep's. office (thus insuring that I will ALWAYS vote for my current H.R., but that's neither here nor there), and so, two of us will be going to watch the President-Elect take the oath of office and deliver his Inaugural Speech (which seems to be one of the most anticipated rhetorical events in a generation, but again, that's not my question).
Judging from the official site
, I know enough to dress for weather, and not to bring any weapons or umbrellas, but my question is really more about etiquette (and therefore, maybe a bit anachronistic?): in short, should I wear a tie to the ceremony? Should I get dressed up? FYI, this is two men going: one 40-something and one teenager (I'm sure he'll wear what he likes, which is fine with me).
I'm planning on wearing my trench coat, which is warm and will keep me dry . . . but will the norm be for men to wear suits (or sports coats) and ties? Or is it wear whatever?
I'm planning on dressing comfortably (I don't mind wearing a tie, as I regularly do so for work), so I'm not going to be wearing a tux or anything like that. And we're not going to any of the other events, just the Swearing-In. But what will most folks be wearing? And should that make a difference?
For what it's worth, this is personally an important event to me, and I'd like to think that what I wear would reflect the respect I'd like to show to our next president, as well as our system of government; even though it's imperfect, there are some times when we get it right, which is one of the reasons I'm excited to go. I'm hoping that the green can offer some thoughtful responses to what should be a simple question . . .