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15 May 2013

I have been invited to, of all places, a cigar bar. I have no idea what to wear (aside from "clothes I'm okay with dry cleaning instantly after"). Is it formal? Clubby? Velvet? Flannel? The context is low-key celebration but not sure where this ranks in the "how acceptable are sneakers in this situation" scale, so to speak.
I went to a cigar bar when I lived in NYC. It was definitely upscale. They poured a very generous drink. When I got home, my clothes smelled so bad I put them in a plastic bag, outside the apartment in the hallway. I took a shower, washed my hair, but could still smell cigar smoke on myself for a day or so.

Maybe sneakers are OK if you ramp up the rest of your attire.
posted by Kangaroo 15 May | 15:16
A google image search indicates that cigar bars want you to think they're filled with fedora-wearing sophisticates and formally-dressed hot chicks, but instead are actually patronized by douchey 30-somethings in polo shirts.
posted by mrmoonpie 15 May | 15:16
Wear something that you are ok with burning afterwards, because it will smell terrible.
posted by Eideteker 15 May | 15:35
I actually don't mind the smell of cigar smoke (why I agreed to go) but I am mentally preparing for a deep cleanings.
posted by The Whelk 15 May | 15:41
Call the place and ask 'em.
posted by Ardiril 15 May | 16:16
Suede, velvet, silk. Velour as appropriate, corduroy as necessary.
posted by Hugh Janus 15 May | 18:16
I was gonna say what mrmoonpie said: khakis and polo shirts. What do you have that's lame? How about pleated khakis and a nice, regulation blue button-down oxford?
posted by Miko 15 May | 18:18
Think "Barney Stinson," a la Whelk. But something you're okay probably never wearing again, unless you dig cigar smoke.
posted by TrishaLynn 15 May | 18:32
I decided on "Lt. Ed Exley" from L.A Confidential.


Long Shot

posted by The Whelk 15 May | 19:40
(side note, I checked I don't own a single polo shirt or pair of khakis. Weird. I thought I had ONE.)
posted by The Whelk 15 May | 19:43
Dress as Dick Van Dyke did, as a penguin, in Bed knobs and Broomsticks. You can't go wring.
posted by MonkeyButter 16 May | 21:23
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