Explain me that please as My-Reason-For-Living-In-France would say. . . why aren’t — and I realize that generalizations are partially inaccurate and totally annoying, but indulge me please — Americans dressing up anymore?
Maybe weddings are the major exception. You told me that class reunion invitations say “casual dress” and that pictures you’ve seen on Facebook show attendees wearing jeans.
I’m totally mystified. My question is simple: Why?
Don’t we like to fuss and get “all gussied up” (I love that expression) these days? What happened to the fun of sitting down and applying makeup, fixing our hair and then dressing with care?
Are we lazy? “Too busy” can’t be an excuse can it? Don’t we care? Has the fun gone out of dressing up?
Please don’t tell me that people have beautiful hearts, minds and souls and that dressing up is mere façade, a sham. The exterior is another extension of one’s personality. It’s a form of communication. Why else would one “dress properly” for a job interview for example?
Why do experts tell us that we do indeed make judgements — fair or not — before we have a chance to open our mouths to speak and prove how brilliant, interesting, kind and generous we are?
When Andrea went to her 10th and 15th college reunions she and her friends all dressed — really dressed. All agreed that was part of the fun. They wanted to look their very best to reunite with friends they hadn’t seen for years.
Really though, don’t we always want to look the best we can, every day? Think of it this way, we’re our brand. . .
OK, now you can tell me how superficial I am. . .