Strange you suggest this idea sir, I had a similar idea. I'm going to see one of my favorite bands play in Houston this summer as a graduation celebration for myself with my best friend and thought about wearing my day dress. (so far its all I own.) No Southern Gentleman in my sights. However I do have my 25th birthday coming up and no plans for celebration, my Neo-Victorian/steampunk friends in town and I could get together for dinner or a movie dressed in our finest.
If I dressed in my day dress for my poetry class, it wouldn't surprise my professor at all. I had a very eccentric style last spring when i would wear my renaissance garb (typically my peasant/gypsy clothing but other times my Indian Sarees.) I also believe she saw my old student association (a pagan group although I'm no longer pagan myself) wearing crazy historical era inspired costumes with Day of the Dead make up for a bake sale as we couldn't sell on Halloween, and our classmate was missing out on her family's gathering. I was quite a different person then from who I am now...I'm much more toned down due to the past relationship...I guess I'm in need of some extra energy after that
I do find myself missing another student organization I was with, the Walter P. Webb society, aka the civil war reenactors........its in my blood. I'm a third generation reenactor. My grandfather participated in civil war reenactments as well as American revolutionary war, my parents and my father's siblings and their families reenacted the revolution as well, now my cousin from my father's twin brother is a renaissance reenactor, and I worked the renaissance faires for a couple of years to. I however do not miss standing over the fires all day long cooking meat loaf after meat loaf for my civil war group, it wasn't so much the cooking it was the fact I was the only one who would wash dishes after feeding 1,500 people at one event! I also do not miss the moment a breeze would lift my skirt right into the fire as I'm cooking beans. No I miss picking up the "dead" men from the raging battle! (I also don't miss the hoop skirt nor my ball gown, but that's just because I had one on loan from the college as the majority of the group did, and sadly there were none that would fit me just right, they didn't have anything to fit my short stature so I was constantly tripping over an extra two feet of ball gown!)
You know I have a splendid idea! How could I have forgotten that my birthday is the same weekend as our folk festival?! I've been going and volunteering there yearly until last year when I lived out of town briefly. Now I know how I'm celebrating another year. ^_^