Saturday evening is the Flower and Fruit Mission of Saratoga Hospital's Annual Snow Ball, and the invitation reads "Black Tie Optional". Michael Finney of Yoicks is here to persuade you to drop that option and embrace the bow tie.
1. The Really Silly, Simple Secret. If you just think about it a bit, a Tuxedo is just a really dark suit. The only difference is the black bow tie. That being said, you would be absolutely astounded by the number of estimable grown men who aren't at all comfortable with the prospect of tieing one. If that is the case for you, you are in good and plentiful company. The really good news is that it is a very easily acquired skill (about 15 minutes), so if you would like an in-person primer or just a timely refresher, please either pay us a visit or check out the video "How to Tie a Bowtie" with ex-NFL player Dhani Jones on YouTube.
2. Looks Like Team Spirit. That ethereal mojo known as Esprit de Corps is more readily captured when all the players are wearing the same uniform. Formal parties are much like theme parties: the chemistry is always improved when everyone makes the effort. You might find that this simple gesture not only benefits the commonweal, but also adds to your own enjoyment of the evening.
3. Representing for The Spa. Since one of the primary variants of the history of the introduction of the Dinner Jacket involves Saratoga sartorial legend E. Barry Wall being summarily dismissed from the dance floor of the Grand Union Hotel for wearing one in 1880's, why not show your pride in the12866 and follow in his elegant footsteps?
4. As the oldest reigning Holiday charity "dinner-dance" in Saratoga, the Winter Ball has earned some respect for the 50+ year effort. If the Ladies in charge had really wanted to host a cocktail party, the invitation would have revealed that ambition. Making Black Tie 'optional' is their way of trying to carry on a worthy tradition in an ever-changing world. Since we have already established that you are going to wear a suit one way or the other, why not embrace the bow and applaud their hustle?
5. The Most Important Thing. If not one of the four foregoing forensic forays swayed you, this one should. Do it for She Who Shall accompany you. In an informal poll of 267,542 ladies here and abroad, not one of them was in favor of taking the 'option'. Whether your goal is tactical or strategic, this is a practical and powerful body of opinion that you should consider carefully. It might even make her smile...
Many thanks to Michael for penning this column, pop into Yoicks on Beekman Street and he'll get you properly sorted.
The Flower and Fruit Mission's Annual Snow Ball is this Saturday at the Hall of Springs. For tickets please call Michele Funiciello at 265-0086.