This has been an interesting thread to read...
I have to agree with the concept of some masons being more rough ashlars than the perfect ashlars we all strive to be...
I think it's important to note that while some can afford a suit and tie, there are others who simply cannot afford much more than a t-shirt and jeans. Many brothers save for months to pay their yearly dues, yet we are all equal in Masonry.
I agree with the concept that we should dress our best, if it's feasible, but in today's society - it's simply not feasible for many...and in the roots of our past, it was rarely feasible.
When traveling for a day or two to attend a stated meeting, wouldn't the risk of the journey be enough to show dedication and respect to the lodge?
Granted, when attending a degree, or other special event, everyone should dress the best they can, stated meetings are by nature to be more casual, comfortable, and are meant to be informative.
The purpose of the stated meetings is to discuss business, break bread, and have fellowship...right?
I could care less how my Brother dresses...provided he is attending, attentive, and doesn't spend the entire meeting texting, surfing the web on his phone, or chit-chatting with other Brothers about non-Masonic topics.
If his dress is completely objectionable, I would inquire why - and offer assistance in acquiring appropriate attire if he needed it...but that would be the limit of my query.
Am I unique in this belief?