Created By: Bravefrog on September 25, 2012

An impractical place to wear a suit

This when a character wears formal attire in an impractical location out of a misplaced sense of propriety

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This is when a character is sent somewhere remote by an employer and they insist on wearing a suit regardless of the impracticality of walking around a jungle, beach or what ever in such attire.

The purpose of such scenes is that it illustrates the character is square and uncool. Indeed such scenes often culminate in them meeting people more casually dressed who yet appear more in control because they are capable of self confidence without a tie (that’s the intent anyway)


  • Jurassic Park starts with lawyer Donald Gennaro wearing a full business suit for meeting a client…. Despite the fact he had to take a raft up the Amazon river
  • in the The Damned United Leeds United send a representative to Brian Clough well holidaying Majorca, to offer him the managerial possession. The scenes is set in 1974 but you’d think is was 1924 from the way the representative insists on wearing his formal bras button blazer and white trousers with nothing but a Handkerchief to manage sweat for a meeting on THE BEACH. In counterpoint naturally Clough is just wearing shorts and looks quite relaxed

Community Feedback Replies: 10
  • February 12, 2013
    • On Barney Miller Harris is always dressed to the nines, even though his job as a police detective often gives him reason to dress down - such as when he pursues a suspect through the sewer, ruining his clothes.
  • February 13, 2013
    Inverted in a great many adaptations of Sherlock Holmes where he wears his Memetic Outfit (he only wears the coat, magnifying glass and deerstalker once, when he's expecting outdoor work) even in formal occasions, something no Victorian Londoner would ever do.
  • February 13, 2013
    • In Heart Of Darkness, the Chief Accountant at the outer station--located in subsaharan Africa--wears an impeccable suit at all times. Marlow, the narrator--with tongue firmly in cheek--praises the moral fiber of the man, for continuing to wear a clean suit in those circumstances.
  • February 14, 2013
    See also Badass In A Nice Suit.

  • February 14, 2013
    • Mordecai Heller of Lackadaisy apparently thinks that ironing his socks is a tuxedo-worthy occasion.
  • February 14, 2013
    The Saints Row series is prone to this, just because just about any situation in the games is not very suit-y, but you can wear one at any time. Or, stripper boots, a g-string and pasties, if you prefer.
  • February 27, 2013
    • In Green Acres, lawyer-turned-farmer Oliver Wendell Douglas wears a suit while working on the farm.
  • February 27, 2013
    How I Met Your Mother: Barney's obsession with suits goes to the point that he even wears one to bed, despite clearly being uncomfortable.
  • March 1, 2013
  • March 1, 2013
    On Bones FBI agents regularly wear suits to crime scenes, where often as not their clothes (or at least the expensive shoes) get ruined. Lab techs wear much more sensible work clohtes.