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31st Mar '16 6:22:17 AM Bissek
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* In the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga'' novel ''Cetaganda'', Miles and Ivan are told that the laws of Cetagandan court fashion are so complicated that it would be best if they just wear their uniforms to everything to avoid this trope - it is almost always appropriate for a serving officer to wear his uniform to a formal occasion, and when it isn't, he can honestly claim that it isn't his fault.
21st Oct '15 6:25:12 PM toongrrl1990
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* The opening of ''{{WesternAnimation/Daria}}'' features the family attending a wedding. Jake is in a tuxedo, Helen and Quinn are wearing fancy dresses, and Daria is in her normal outfit.

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* The opening of ''{{WesternAnimation/Daria}}'' features the family attending a wedding. Jake is in a tuxedo, Helen is wearing her work suit with a pillbox hat, and Quinn are is wearing fancy dresses, dresse, and Daria is in her normal outfit.
7th Jul '15 4:03:01 PM foxley
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* Inverted in the ''Series/NewTricks'' episode "The Rock, Part 1". An increasingly unstable Brian steals a tuxedo from a hotel to infiltrate a casino and confront a suspect. However, he is the only one wearing wearing a tuxedo and sticks out like a sore thumb.
30th Jun '15 1:14:55 PM erforce
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-->-- ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia]]"

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-->-- ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia]]"



* Averted in ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', as Jack plans to shows up to an upper class dinner in his grungy clothes but a kind-hearted friend lends him some formal wear.

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* Averted in ''Film/{{Titanic}}'', ''Film/{{Titanic 1997}}'', as Jack plans to shows up to an upper class dinner in his grungy clothes but a kind-hearted friend lends him some formal wear.
21st Jun '15 7:16:31 PM foxley
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* An ad for an Australian hotel chain has tennis player Pat Rafter being reminded that he is supposed to be at a particular hotel tomorrow. Thinking he is there for a break, he turns up in singlet, shorts and thongs, only to discover that he is supposed to be addressing a business council lunch. The ad then shows the lengths the hotel will go to for its guests by having the concierge loan Pat his suit and shoes, with him later being shown standing behind the desk in Pat's casual clothes.
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* On ''{{Frasier}}'', Martin is humiliated when Frasier and Niles take him to a fancy restaurant and is rejected for not wearing a tie. He gets even by taking the boys to one of his favorite eateries, where the host cuts off Frasier's tie to enforce their casual dress code.
* Jennifer does this in ''ExesAndOhs'', ending up staying through her ex's wedding wearing a sweat top. (In her defence, she hadn't meant to be there - the boat the wedding was on cast off before she could leave.)
* On ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' the gang shows up at a funeral in their everyday casual wear because Frank told them they were going to a barbecue.

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* On ''{{Frasier}}'', ''Series/{{Frasier}}'', Martin is humiliated when Frasier and Niles take him to a fancy restaurant and is rejected for not wearing a tie. He gets even by taking the boys to one of his favorite eateries, where the host cuts off Frasier's tie to enforce their casual dress code.
* Jennifer does this in ''ExesAndOhs'', ''Series/ExesAndOhs'', ending up staying through her ex's wedding wearing a sweat top. (In her defence, she hadn't meant to be there - the boat the wedding was on cast off before she could leave.)
* On ''ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' ''Series/ItsAlwaysSunnyInPhiladelphia'' the gang shows up at a funeral in their everyday casual wear because Frank told them they were going to a barbecue.



* Played with in ''DowntonAbbey,'' where the distinctions between black tie, white tie, and merely "wearing a tie", are terribly important to the characters, but can seem opaque to the viewers. Tom can show up to dinner very well-dressed by 21st century standards, but is treated like he's in a t-shirt.

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* Played with in ''DowntonAbbey,'' ''Series/DowntonAbbey,'' where the distinctions between black tie, white tie, and merely "wearing a tie", are terribly important to the characters, but can seem opaque to the viewers. Tom can show up to dinner very well-dressed by 21st century standards, but is treated like he's in a t-shirt.



* In one episode of Series/{{Friends}}, Rachel is wearing a skimpy nightgown in an attempt to seduce her LoveInterest. Said love interest walks into the room with his parents and tells her they've been invited to dinner. Rachel tries to play it off as a foreign dress.

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* In one episode of Series/{{Friends}}, ''Series/{{Friends}}'', Rachel is wearing a skimpy nightgown in an attempt to seduce her LoveInterest. Said love interest walks into the room with his parents and tells her they've been invited to dinner. Rachel tries to play it off as a foreign dress.
23rd May '15 8:24:37 AM Chabal2
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* Once inverted by DaveBarry when on the subject of men and women's clothes: where women need several matching outfits for every occasion (and don't get started on the shoes), men only ever need one suit in their lives for work, church, formal events... and when they die they can be buried in it.
23rd May '15 12:58:01 AM Abracadabrantes
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* In the early years of the Consulate and the Empire, wearing simple uniforms could be a Republican statement from generals who protested Napoleon's restoration of monarchic forms. General Saint-Cyr, whose austerity had made him one of the "Spartans of the Army of the Rhine", was especially famous for this.
3rd Mar '15 8:43:23 PM jormis29
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-->-- ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''

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-->-- ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''
''Series/{{Sherlock}}'' "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia]]"



* In ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the title character shows up at Buckingham Palace clad only in a ModestyBedsheet. Admittedly he was brought there in a hurry, but he declines to change into more appropriate clothes when they're offered. (Though that's at least partly [[SiblingRivalry to twit his brother]].)

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* In the "[[Recap/SherlockS02E01AScandalInBelgravia A Scandal in Belgravia]]" episode of ''Series/{{Sherlock}}'', the title character shows up at Buckingham Palace clad only in a ModestyBedsheet. Admittedly he was brought there in a hurry, but he declines to change into more appropriate clothes when they're offered. (Though that's at least partly [[SiblingRivalry to twit his brother]].)
2nd Feb '15 7:48:07 PM maxwellsilver
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* In one episode of ''HanaYoriDango'', Tsukushi shows up under-dressed for a party at the Domyoji estate. In this case, her wearing an inappropriately informal dress is a reminder of the class difference between her family and the Domyoji family.

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* In one episode of ''HanaYoriDango'', ''Anime/HanaYoriDango'', Tsukushi shows up under-dressed for a party at the Domyoji estate. In this case, her wearing an inappropriately informal dress is a reminder of the class difference between her family and the Domyoji family.



* In ''AsGoodAsItGets'', Melvin Udall shows up inappropriately dressed for a restaurant with a dress code. It's not a matter of money here--he could afford a suit and tie--but his failure to realize that the restaurant had a dress code might serve as a reminder that he doesn't go out on dates all that often.

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* In ''AsGoodAsItGets'', ''Film/AsGoodAsItGets'', Melvin Udall shows up inappropriately dressed for a restaurant with a dress code. It's not a matter of money here--he could afford a suit and tie--but his failure to realize that the restaurant had a dress code might serve as a reminder that he doesn't go out on dates all that often.



* ''WhatAGirlWants'': Daphne Reynolds is convinced by her almost step-sister Clarissa Payne that the fashion show they are going to is informal, while its just the opposite. Much to Clarissa's dismay, everyone thinks that Daphne's one of the models, and she steals the show.

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* ''WhatAGirlWants'': ''Film/WhatAGirlWants'': Daphne Reynolds is convinced by her almost step-sister Clarissa Payne that the fashion show they are going to is informal, while its just the opposite. Much to Clarissa's dismay, everyone thinks that Daphne's one of the models, and she steals the show.



* In ''IHeartHuckabees'', one of the weird coincidences that kick off the plot involves Albert finding a business card in the pocket of a jacket loaned to him by the restaurant where he tries to dine without one.

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* In ''IHeartHuckabees'', ''Film/IHeartHuckabees'', one of the weird coincidences that kick off the plot involves Albert finding a business card in the pocket of a jacket loaned to him by the restaurant where he tries to dine without one.



* In ''[[TwoThousandAndTwelve 2012]],'' the Chiwetel Ejiofor character arrives at a formal White House event in casual clothes (having rushed back from the other side of the world, discovering the world is going to end). He needs to speak to powerful government people there. At first he's not allowed in, but then he is, after someone finds a suit jacket for him to wear.

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* In ''[[TwoThousandAndTwelve 2012]],'' ''Film/TwoThousandTwelve,'' the Chiwetel Ejiofor character arrives at a formal White House event in casual clothes (having rushed back from the other side of the world, discovering the world is going to end). He needs to speak to powerful government people there. At first he's not allowed in, but then he is, after someone finds a suit jacket for him to wear.
29th Dec '14 6:09:54 PM LongLiveHumour
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-> ''"You are at Buckingham Palace - the very heart of the British nation. Sherlock Holmes: PUT YOUR TROUSERS ON!"''
-->-- ''Series/{{Sherlock}}''
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