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Do you have a vigor? A vigor for rigor?

A colleague mentioned a college course he took on rigorously proving commonly handwaved aspects of math. Help me find books or a syllabus relating to this! [more inside]
posted by The Gaffer on Aug 8, 2016 - 9 answers

Foreign Destination wedding and tuxedo rental

Hey folks, need advice about how (logistically) to most easily rent/return formal attire for a wedding where I'll take several buses and flights between home and the wedding, then fly out directly for backpacking. [more inside]
posted by cult_url_bias on Apr 15, 2015 - 7 answers

Tux Police

My brother-in-law is turning 50 and is planning a shindig. [more inside]
posted by terrier319 on Jan 28, 2015 - 35 answers

Where can I hire a formal dress in Sydney, with in-person fitting?

Surprise! I'm going to a black tie event on Saturday night. I have nothing to wear and therefore need to hire a dress. Everything I can find on Google so far is an online order. I would prefer a brick and mortar building where I can try on someone's inventory of dresses; I've done this before in other countries so I know it's A Thing. Where can I do this in Sydney? [more inside]
posted by olinerd on Jun 16, 2014 - 5 answers

My chest is a tank! Tanks need suit jackets too!

FashionPhillyFilter: I have had a borderline-apocalyptic time trying to find a suit/sports jacket that fits in Philadelphia. I am a tall-but-not-notably so (6'0") dude who is built like a [big football guy term here], but with a smaller waist & bottom half to mis-match my enormous breastplate/shoulders. (My friend says "you are an inverse triangle"). Attendants at the stores I have gone to have been completely flummoxed by my proportions, which end up with either the jacket not fitting over my chest or there being a puffy cloud of fabric on the bottom. It's at the point where I'm getting recommendations for $1895 (low estimate I was given???)+ tailor-made jackets as the only solution for my build, which I am trying to avoid based on my budget (doctoral student on stipend). Surely there are... some stores that have tailorable off-the-rack things that might fit? Any suggestions as to stores that have fashionable, comfortable clothing for larger-built gentleman, especially in distance of Philadelphia? [more inside]
posted by Keter on Jun 8, 2014 - 15 answers

“I’ve not” and “I’ll not” ~vs~ “I haven’t” and “I won’t” -- Why?

I’ve noticed that I’m increasingly reading “I’ve not” in place of “I haven’t” and “I’ll not” in place of “I won’t.” When I was growing up (the 70s), these expressions were exceedingly rare. I knew they existed, of course, but to me they seemed redolent of century-old books: “I’ll not brook such behavior in my classroom, Tom Sawyer!” “Fezziwig! I’ve not heard his voice since my youth.” But in the last 15 years or so, I've been seeing these phrasings more and more often in colloquial writing — other blogs, Amazon reviews, internet discussions, MeFi etc. I don’t seem to hear these forms spoken, which adds to their air of formality. [more inside]
posted by ROTFL on Mar 8, 2014 - 22 answers

"You can leave the suit at home."

I have a round two interview today for a business analyst position in the interactive division of a large international company. I've never been for an interview that included "It's OK to dress down" instructions, and don't want to come off as either stuffy or too laid back. I'm thinking about a v-neck sweater over a dress shirt, with no tie. Would I be wiser wearing a jacket instead? With a tie?
posted by emelenjr on Jan 9, 2014 - 21 answers

Plus-size ladies, where do you go to actually try on nice pants/suits?

I'm looking for suggestions for actual brick-and-mortar stores where I could try on a wide variety of size 16-18 suit separates or dressy-to-formal tops/pants combinations. [more inside]
posted by nakedmolerats on Jun 11, 2013 - 19 answers

Men's suits: timeless, classic, what styles are good?

I don't know a thing about menswear except that men sometimes wear it. My husband's one suit is finally done for, and he needs a new one by the end of the week. [He doesn't know much, either.] He wears a suit primarily for weddings and funerals, maybe once or twice a year. What style of suit will last him for years without becoming out-of-date? [more inside]
posted by galadriel on Apr 22, 2013 - 30 answers

I need a little black dress!

Help me find a little black dress. I'm in my mid-20s, short (5'2"), and curvy (dress size 4-8, depending on much curvature they allow), and it should look good with black knee-high boots and 'hose. So I'm thinking maybe something that stops at mid-thigh. It should be something dressy enough for a NYE party and classy enough to wear to a work holiday party. Pure black preferred, but different textures and shapes are welcomed. I own a lot of fit & flare dresses, so I'm comfortable with that, or I can get a more sheath like dress...? It needs to be from somewhere (local to Seattle or online) where I can return for free (including shipping). Budget: $20 to $300 for the right dress.
posted by ethidda on Dec 13, 2012 - 29 answers

Dress me, please!

Yet another question about what to wear to a wedding. I'm attending a late afternoon wedding this weekend in Northern Virginia. It's at a country club, and no dress code was specified. Is this recently-purchased cute Anthropologie dress appropriate? [more inside]
posted by psycheslamp on Nov 8, 2012 - 19 answers

What overcoat should I buy?

What are good recommendations for semi-formal to formal winter coats? [more inside]
posted by arveale on Oct 4, 2012 - 5 answers

NYC Discount formal-wear

Where can I find a selection of cheap formal dresses, in a brick-and-mortar location, in NYC today? [more inside]
posted by greta simone on Sep 27, 2012 - 19 answers

Please dress me!

"Informal" dress code. "But you still should... you know, dress up." What do I wear?! [more inside]
posted by AmandaA on Jun 4, 2012 - 30 answers

Cinderella goes to the ball...

Ritzy-ditzy gala, need a dress [more inside]
posted by cartoonella on Apr 11, 2012 - 24 answers

Frumpy adolescent baffled by real world

What's the dress code for a formal visit among top government officials? [more inside]
posted by mmmleaf on Sep 18, 2011 - 16 answers

Pregnant & Fancy

Where can I find fantastic formal maternity gown? [more inside]
posted by BClady on Aug 17, 2011 - 14 answers

Where can I buy a modern, stylish necktie these days?

Where can I buy a modern, stylish necktie these days? What should I look for? I'm in Manhattan and in my mid-30s. Also open to online shopping suggestions. [more inside]
posted by deern the headlice on Mar 18, 2011 - 19 answers

All dressed up and no where to go

Where do people go when they get dressed up? [more inside]
posted by derivation on Sep 14, 2010 - 37 answers

Can anyone recommend some good quality, simple, brown slip on loafers?

Can anyone recommend some good quality, simple, brown slip on loafers? [more inside]
posted by samengland on Jul 14, 2010 - 11 answers

Do you have any tips or preferred retailers to recommend as I amass a collection of formal attire?

I'm needing to amass a basic collection of formal wear. Do you have any tips or pointers? [more inside]
posted by dep on Jun 15, 2010 - 12 answers

All dressed up and nowhere to go.

I have a few semi-semi formal dresses taking up valuable closet space. What are some interesting ways to get some use out of them? [more inside]
posted by avidreader on May 1, 2010 - 13 answers

Black tie in Los Angeles?

What's the best black-tie New Year's Eve (or other event) in LA? [more inside]
posted by YoungAmerican on Dec 9, 2009 - 0 answers

∃x∀y∃z[Qx∧(My→Pyx)∧Wz ∧Pzx] ∨ ∃x[Qx∧∀y(My→Pyx)∧∃z(Wz∧Pzx)]?

∃x∀y∃z[Qx∧(My→Pyx)∧Wz ∧Pzx] ∨ ∃x[Qx∧∀y(My→Pyx)∧∃z(Wz∧Pzx)] ? [more inside]
posted by ed\26h on Sep 6, 2009 - 9 answers

Looking for reasons to suit up in San Francisco

Suit up! 20 year old guy looking for inexpensive formal locations/events in the San Francisco Bay Area. [more inside]
posted by razorfrog on Aug 19, 2009 - 4 answers

Men's suit in Chicago

Looking for a men's suit in Chicago. I have an idea what I want, but I don't know where to look. Any pointers are appreciated. [more inside]
posted by echo target on Jul 22, 2009 - 10 answers

you, you, you?

In a languages that uses both the formal and informal "you," is there any situation in which people using the informal "you" with each other would ever go back to regularly using the formal "you" with each other? [more inside]
posted by mustcatchmooseandsquirrel on Apr 29, 2009 - 26 answers

Please help me find a black floor length formal/evening skirt.

Please help me find a black floor length formal/evening skirt. [more inside]
posted by scazza on Jun 17, 2008 - 14 answers

Suits don't suit her

A friend needs to buy a suit for an interview, and she is having a terrible time finding something suitable. Where, in the Phoenix/Scottsdale area, can she get an inexpensive yet fashionable, formal work wear ladies suit in black (size 16 or 18)? [more inside]
posted by ubiquity on Mar 6, 2008 - 13 answers

Help with black tie event accessories for the style impaired

I have to attend a black tie gala on Saturday. Help with accessories, please! [more inside]
posted by pitseleh on Jan 16, 2008 - 13 answers

When is formal offensive?

In a discussion with a co-worker today, it was mentioned that I seemed too "formal," and that another, unnamed co-worker, had brought it up and said that they found this formality offensive. [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Jan 16, 2008 - 30 answers

Formal Christmas Attire

So I am looking for ideas as to what to wear to this year's company Christmas party. The theme is Naughty is Nice. I am not looking for anything too naughty, but more along the lines of something formal but outlandish. Any place that I could rent something for one night in the San Francisco area would be perfect. I have a couple of ideas, suit with a tophat/cane, maybe a leisure suit, anything that would turn heads. Oh yes, I am a guy and I am not too into the assless leather chaps/gag ball/leather thong.
posted by sir_rubixalot on Dec 10, 2007 - 6 answers

Are tails too much for an evening bat mitzvah party?

Tails or too long for a tux? [more inside]
posted by djb on Oct 6, 2007 - 8 answers

Where can I get an amazing retro dress?

My university is having a prom / formal dance for grad students. (woot) Where can I (and my friends) get AWESOME retro ironic dresses? [more inside]
posted by k8t on Sep 28, 2007 - 9 answers

Do I have a suit? Up next, can I tie my tie?

My 'suit' consists of a jacket and pants that are different colours although they are complimentary. Is this not really a suit, but rather just a jacket and slacks? Is there any situation such as an office setting where this wouldn't fly? [more inside]
posted by GleepGlop on Aug 4, 2007 - 13 answers

Marines are notoriously strict about dress codes.

Where can I rent a tuxedo for Friday night (just over 48 hours from now) in New York City?
posted by ChasFile on Apr 18, 2007 - 4 answers

What do I wear to my evening wedding?

I'm a Brit getting married in San Francisco in September (outdoors). My fiancee will have her wedding dress, of course, but what should I wear? I'm not a fan of the traditional American Tuxedo-look - I'm not going to a ball. Where I come from, it's the traditional morning suit/top hat, but the event will be after 5pm so technically that's out and we're back to black tie. [more inside]
posted by xenoworx on Mar 5, 2007 - 25 answers

Software for writing poetry?

Has anyone seen software for writing formal poetry? [more inside]
posted by pracowity on Oct 18, 2006 - 10 answers

Our limos have no destination!

As the chair of my fraternity's Fall-Formal Committee, I hold the distinct pleasure of locating a venue for this semester's night of dressy revelry. I'd love to find a nice lodge or similar, more intimate digs where we can hire our own bartender, do our own DJing, etc. Does such a place exist in or around Baltimore? [more inside]
posted by roomwithaview on Oct 11, 2006 - 4 answers

My, my, my music hits me...so hard!

How, in the name of all that is good and holy, exactly do I wear a hakama? [more inside]
posted by kaseijin on Jun 13, 2006 - 14 answers

Oh, what to wear!

Invitation to a ball. Which dress option would you choose? [more inside]
posted by ciaron on Apr 18, 2006 - 19 answers


Does anyone have any pointers on formally modelling deception/self-deception? [more inside]
posted by sonofsamiam on Apr 5, 2006 - 5 answers

I Am The Very Model of a Modern Major General

What is the correct form of address for a retired vice admiral in the United Stated Navy? [more inside]
posted by awesomebrad on Mar 27, 2006 - 10 answers

Need a tux in London

I need to find a place to rent a tuxedo this week in London. Sub-questions follow... [more inside]
posted by tiamat on Feb 11, 2006 - 17 answers

Kindly answer my question about the word "kindly"

Do you use "please" or "kindly" to soften a formal imperative? And if you say "kindly," why?
posted by Saucy Intruder on Dec 31, 2005 - 21 answers

Men's Formal Attire

Formal Attire: Wedding. Groom and ringbearers (7 and 8 year old boys) wearing charcoal grey wool blend suits (three button). What shirts and ties are there for us? [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Oct 5, 2005 - 6 answers

I would like to be more polite

In (some) languages, why is the conditional so frequently related to politeness? [more inside]
posted by ORthey on Sep 27, 2005 - 25 answers

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