The hell we do. I’ve seen the alternative, and brother it’s pretty shabby.
Probably you automatically associate suits with some out-of-date notion of conformism. The fact is, most everybody is going casual. Those who aren’t wear suits that, let’s face it, look obligatory. I decided a long time ago that I was going to resist the banal lure of casual dress – the call of the mild, if you will.
The suit-and-tie is also anachronistic as a symbol of the bourgeoisie. Most of the bourgeoisie identify with the anti-suit sentiment, even while they’re wearing one. And have you seen how atrocious most modern ties are? They look like Jimmy Buffett album covers. They’re designed for people who don’t like ties to begin with, and so don’t know a bad one when they see it.
To really get the full effect out of suits, you have to make it clear that you don’t have to wear it, you want to. You can signal this in small ways, such as wearing a sharkskin, or a suit with piping. I myself have own a burgandy-cordoroy suit that makes me feel like a shag carpet when I wear it, but I like it because nobody would ever think I’m on my way to a board meeting.
The hat, too, is a good way to indicate that you’re after more than just a business look, since businessmen don’t wear them anymore.