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25 May 2010 04:37 PM  
We follow the preferred dress standard for worldwide Freemasonry, which is a standard cut black suit, white shirt, and long dark tie. Some brethren choose a festive waistcoat, a tasteful and muted color shirt, and the occasional tweed jacket if the season permits. Obviously the winter months are more formal.

The brilliance of this plan is that these choices are also entirely suitable for business wear, and as one of our brethren has reminded us, it keeps the boss guessing when you wear a suit to the office.

Our aim is to respect the Fraternity and our fellows. A gentleman knows there is nothing wrong with attending a function slightly overdressed, versus underdressed. If this spurs you to ensure your "old suit" is replaced by a newer, better-fitting suit, you will benefit from being able to wear it elsewhere and improve the impression you make in your dealings with the world. Several of the brethren, when asked, will offer discrete advice for bargains, value, suitability, and style. Ask the Master if you wish to speak with another about this. There is an art to dressing for success...

Should your situation not allow a black suit, wear what is most similar, and participate in our labors and refreshments with nary a second thought. What is most important is that you join us. Our concern is for the comfort of the brethren and guests.

Summer: Certain meetings during the Summer are announced as informal, and may allow for casual sportswear. A Masonic polo shirt or 'camp shirt' may be reasonable at a summer smoker, for example.
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25 May 2010 04:39 PM  
The rule about hats -- Dark hats should be worn after Labor Day and up through the first weeks of Spring, or Memorial Day. After Memorial day, consider a light colored hat, if you wear one. If you need advice on fitting a hat for your head, consider a visit to Heimies Haberdashery in St. Paul. Vince will set you up.
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25 May 2010 04:51 PM  
Let's talk about pins and name badges.

Badges: When there is a possibility of guests, the lodge should provide name badges to assist new friends in making the aquaintance of 'regulars'.

Pins: Many Masons are proud of participation in their various other groups, but as a rule, to announce them by wearing anything more than three pins at a time is considered a bit gauche. --Kind of odd. I've been to events where men have shown up with over two dozen pins emblazoned on both lapels. A good brother would never say anything rude about this, but sadly, this means the well-meaning pin-collector is none-the-wiser. Thus I would suggest this advice to you, reading this note in the comfort of your own home or office: to collect the pins, but choose selectively, wearing only one, maybe two or three. And on one side of the jacket only. The left breast lapel is traditional.

Tie bars: Ties may be secured at the lower third with a tie bar, but should not be held with a pin. Nor should a pin be inserted into the knot or at the upper placket, or visible upper portion of the tie. A menswear store can provide you with an accessory to fit through a shirt button hole that attaches to the BACK of the tie, holding it from your soup bowl.

Cuff links and studs: French cuffs are classy, and always acceptable with a suit.
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25 May 2010 04:55 PM  
Clothing advice:

In person, go to Heimie's Haberdashery, in downtown St. Paul. Milbern's on University Avenue is an old-line menswear store, and would give you good personal service. The Mens' Wearhouse is a standby for many brethren, and their no-iron shirts are terrific.

Online, the Art of Manliness website has a number of great articles and tips on wardrobe, how to dress, and style. http://community.artofmanliness.com/

Brethren can ask the Master of the lodge for a suggestion of a brother with a good sense of this, who can offer good wardrobe advice and do so on a budget.
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