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Discussion in 'General Freemasonry Discussion' started by Blake Bowden, Dec 3, 2008.

  1. Blake Bowden

    Blake Bowden Administrator Staff Member

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    There has been much debate on the forums regarding dress code for Lodge. Some people prefer a coat and tie, while others state that it's the internal and not the external. After looking at your photos, I noticed that almost all Brothers were in suits. Is this normal for every Lodge? If so, does this create an issue for those who cannot afford a suit/tux? Personally I freakin love it! The gloves, tux, the whole shabam. It look professional and exudes respect for the craft. Sorry to put you on the spot, but I would love to hear your input.
     
  2. jonesvilletexas

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    As to the internal and not the external, this is way over used then it comes to dress code, in fact it has little to do with clothing.
     
  3. TexMass

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    Officers are in tuxedos and white gloves, all others in suits. It is definatly the internal and not the external that makes a man a Mason, no argument there. I have posted that you should show respect to the Craft by dressing respectufully just as you would for church. You don't have to dress that way every day to show the world you are a religious man. The same with Masonry. You don't have to dress like MA to show respect to the Craft to the rest of the world, your actions will do that. Just dress respectfully for your lodge and what it represents to you. Just my opinion.

    As far as expenses, you can find really good deals for suits or tuxedos. I have two suits, one I purchased from Walmart. With tayloring it ran about $100 bucks. That's a new pair of Ropers. The tuxedo was about $200 BUT we email each other when ever specials or deals pop up. Up here they have a discount warehose called Building 19. They advertised $12 tuxedo pants and $20 tuxedo coats. You really can find deals if you shop. The only rule we have about our tuxedos is no frilly shirts. You know, the one you wore at your prom.

    This Saturday I wil be with about 40 Masons for the Public Access channel pledge drive. We will all be in tuxedos with the GM.
     
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  4. cmoreno85tx

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    Heh. Not at my prom. :D
     
  5. JTM

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    shoot, at my prom some people wore the western tuxedos and a carhart jacket. i wore a penguin suit, but that's just cause i was goofy.

    also, i'm not one that's big on wearing tuxes in lodge. i try to wear slacks and a nice shirt (or the lodge shirt with my name/etc on it) along with business casual shoes.

    largely, business casual.

    there's another lodge that meets in the same lodge as ours that is very much a "tuxedo lodge." i think that if you want that, you can join that lodge, or start your own.

    i would probably show up to lodge about 1/5 of the time if i had to wear a tux... mostly because i'd have to buy one.
     
  6. TexMass

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    That's pretty much what I wore when I was in TX. It's just too freakin hot for suits or tuxes sometimes. Shorts and flip-flops are just wrong. That' how another post started. A SW wore shorts and flip-flops to lodge on a degree night.
     
  7. Blake Bowden

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    Thank you WM Sutton, as always great insight.
     
  8. JTM

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    flip flops and shorts is taking it a bit far. really... entirely too lazy.
     
  9. cmoreno85tx

    cmoreno85tx Registered User

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    I agree Brother
     
  10. RJS

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  11. JTM

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    we did have one guy show up for his fellowcraft degree going commando. he had forgotten about his degree... we called him and he was asleep... so he got up there quick and apparently didn't get entirely dressed because he was in too much of a hurry.
     
  12. ravickery03

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    Texas is one of the more laxed about the dress code than a lot of states, especially back east. All of the lodges I visit there require visitor to be in a dark suit if they wish to sit in lodge. Showing up in jeans and a polo shirt usually won't cut it.

    Army lodge is generally business casual, Perfect Union requires suits of the officers and is highly recommended for its members. I enjoy both equally, but feel that wearing a suit does show respect for the craft and the work you are entering upon. I generally feel that our society has become too laxed in its dress code in general. I was at a professional society meeting and guys showed up in Hawaiian shirts and shorts, which just blew me away.

    -Bro Vick
     
  13. Squire Bentley

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    Dress For Lodge

    I just think that you ought to dress for Lodge the same way you would dress for a wedding or a funeral. It's all about respect.

    If in your region you go to weddings and funerals in shorts and flip-flops then by all means go to Lodge that way.

    If you don't then show Lodge the same respect that you show the others.
     

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