Used the new boots. Generally positive, but the feel is slightly different. Mistimed a pirouette backheel straight into the path of an onrushing attacker.
At least it gave the lads something to talk about in the pub.
"Smart casual". This is a stupidly ambiguous term. Interpretations range from "jeans that have been washed within the last month and a t-shirt that doesn't have holes" to "slacks and a sports jacket". Other dress codes are much more specific, and therefore less annoying.
See now I wore dark jeans, white button down and a tweed sports jacket (my second favourite outfit to wear to an occasion, after a suit) to a smart casual event yesterday and it was the perfect fit. But if my parents had a smart casual event they'd be horrified at me wearing jeans. There need to be rules around these things.
OK, but business casual =/= smart casual. And even with your definition there is a level of ambiguity - what constitutes "dark blue"? How dark do they have to be to be considered acceptable? Is there a swatch we can use to determine which side of the line they fall?
And as an aside, the whole jeans / brown oxfords / polo shirt combo beloved of businesspeople is awful. If you're wearing oxfords then wear a button down, if you're wearing a polo then dress the shoes down.
No there don't.
These are all just instruments of status and conformance - see the recent hat anointing event.
It's good manners not to make your attire distracting in the context of what you are doing...and not to promote your genitals to prominence (though the toffs, with their codpieces and the suchlike, think such notions are not for the likes of them).
But really, cloth, cut, and whether you tuck in your shirt? Have we not got better things to be worried about?
If someone is comfortable with what they are wearing, that's fine by me.
I am quite likely to soft avoid events that involve compulsory dressing like a twat. As much as compulsory organised fun.
I suppose arguing about the colour of a pair of trousers is another handy distraction from thinking about how ultimately pointless your existence is.
I generally avoid them in a business context, not least because they show tattoos which I don't think is a good thing at work, but plenty of people would disagree with you about their acceptability. Go to any conference or trade show and you see hordes of corporate drones dressed in branded polos.