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Is it me or has the world in general forgotten how to dress? Maybe it’s my old-fashioned upbringing or something called taste.



My husband and I were at a wedding and with the exception of the bridal party, we were two of only 136 guests in attendance who dressed properly for a formal Saturday evening reception.



Most came dressed as if they were either going or had just finished a Costco run. Really. Men in cargo jeans and tee shirts. Women in Capri length leggings and loose fitting tops. Except for one that was wearing a very tight top on her overly ample bosom and was bump-and-grinding not only the bride, but a 4-year-old next to her as well. The couple sitting next to us at our issued table and I dubbed her “nasty woman”. We were hoping that she was actually drunk and didn’t know how ludicrous her actions were making her look. And that she would be moaning and groaning at how awful she had behaved the next morning. We found out later-the small child WAS HER SON! EW!



I know that I live in Southern California, home of the muscle shirt and running shoes, but come on people-there is a time and place for work-out clothes and a wedding is just not it.



There are other times that lack of appropriate dress really gets my dander up as well. The theater for one. My husband and I love going. Don’t get me wrong-we’re not as dressy as those who frequent the stage in New York City, but we wear dress pants, dress shoes (I even brave the pain of a pair of Steve Madden flats and leave my walkers at home)and for me a dressy sweater or complimentary blouse and blazer. Hubby wears either a sports coat or goes the whole nine yards with a suit.



Some of our fellow theater goers actually come in tennis shorts! I swear at Avenue Q last month, we saw several couples in sweats with visors on their heads. Lord only knows what they were thinking.



We just shook our heads.



I’m not opposed to comfort, I thrive on it. I cannot even begin to tell you that one of the many reasons I love my “day job” as much as I do is that I can wear jeans and tees with my walkers all the time. But I digress, afterall, it’s a plumbing store people!



If you go out someplace nice-dress right. If you don’t want to wear the appropriate clothing, don’t go to the event.

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      Jennadahhling wrote Sep 17, 2008
    • Dear Carine-

      I believe you are entirely spot-on.  There is a national epidemic going on.  We are living in a world of fashion donts!!!  Anything goes, and there are varying degrees of this fashion crime, from “please dress for the occasion“, to “I’m over 35, but my bod is still pretty hot, so I am going to dress like a 17 year old.”  Take a look at Hulk Hogan’s soon to be ex-wife.  I just want to shake her!!!  I am 42, and my body is changing, another reason to cover up, have some sense, and dress appropriately.

      -Jennadahhling



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      Kmarie wrote Dec 1, 2010
    • I am loving your blog. I have felt the same way for a while. It is as if the rebellion has gone too far and we need to turn around. We live in a world where people are not very respectful of decourm. Decorum sevres a really purpose, it is a sign of respect, and yet many thrive on the ideal of rebelling. We have a generation  that now sturggles on how to dress for work in formal settings such as banks and how far is too casual on dress down days at work.



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      Carine Nadel wrote Dec 1, 2010
    • again, maybe my age-but I’m usually appalled when I go someplace to interview for a job or interview someone for a story and see that I’m speaking to someone who is at work in a professional setting and wearing stuff you’d wear to the gym!
      about 8 years ago I worked for a place where I was told business casual was fine-no sneakers or jeans though.  Yet several of the 20 somethings wore halter tops!!!  I can’t wear dressy conservative jeans, but they can wear halter and tube tops????



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      Carine Nadel wrote Dec 2, 2010
    • I understand the coffee-but I too wonder what someone is thinking when they go out in their pjs????



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