6 Occasions When Wearing Denim Is Totally Inappropriate
In today’s world, denim can go pretty much everywhere. It’s what you wear to dinner, on the airplane, even to the office. It’s just part of the modern man’s everyday uniform, and as long as the jeans are cut well and have a nice wash, that’s perfectly fine. But there are some occasions when wearing denim is way too casual or just impractical, and you need to draw the line. Remember: Being someone who knows when to break the rules and when to observe them is one of the tenets of having standout style.
At your friend’s wedding.
It doesn’t matter how rustic the wedding is going to be; you should never wear jeans to a wedding. Even if they’re dark, even if they’re cut slim. And don’t be the guy that changes into them the second the ceremony is over. This day is not about you being comfortable.
On a job interview.
If your industry is corporate, this one’s a no brainer, but we’d extend this rule to even the most informal sectors too. A nice pair of dark chinos is a much savvier, more sophisticated choice for the one hour of your life that could change your future completely.
At a baptism or bris.
A religious ceremony is not a place for your favorite selvedge jeans, as much as you may worship them. If you don’t wear a suit, a pair of trousers and hard-bottom shoes are at least in order. But why not wear a suit? You look great in a suit.
On the slopes.
Athletic activities call for athletic apparel, for safety, comfort, and vanity reasons. If your luggage gets lost or you’ve been invited on an impromptu trip, sneak off to a sporting-goods store and slap down the plastic. Remember, this is exactly why you have the plastic.
At a cocktail-attire event.
No matter how nice your shirt and shoes are, there’s no getting around a proper dress code. If the sartorial expectation isn’t indicated on the invite but you suspect the event might be formal (the venue will often tip you off), ask the host what to expect so you’re not the one guy in jeans.
To the Met Gala (or any other prestigious event, i.e. Grammy's, Oscars, Academy Awards).
Air travel is no longer the civilized affair that it used to be, but we’re holding on to the hope that the acceptable attire for a Broadway show doesn’t also someday include a personal bed pillow and pajama pants. Out of respect for the venue, the actors, and the cost of the tickets, avoid jeans for a night. Others will break this rule, but you read GQ.