| May 8, 2014
Did you know that leggings and a T shirt aren’t flattering evening wear on every woman in America? It’s true. Did you know that untucked shirttails don’t look sporty and slimming on every man in America? It’s true.
I’m not sure when it happened, but at some point in the last few years, Casual Friday gave way to I-Don’t-Want-to-Look Saturday and What-Were-You-Thinking Saturday night. I don’t normally care that much. In fact, I’m all about the comfort, with the paint spattered sweatshirt, holeyer-than-thou jeans and falling apart slippers to prove it. Truth be told, there’s not much that’s sexier to me than old, worn, tattered clothes on the right body and in the right surroundings… picture it… are you with me?… and there you have it! The right body and the right surroundings! Kind of key.
What’s he going on about?, you ask. Well, I’ll tell ya. Recently the Muse and I went back to one of our favorite restaurants. A fancy restaurant, with fancy food and fancy decor and fancy prices. It was a special occasion. So you get dressed for a special occasion, right? You get a little fancy for the fancy restaurant, right? Apparently not everyone agrees. Only a few years ago, men still had to wear jackets here, and ties were recommended but not required. This time, there was a guy sitting at the next table wearing a hoody and flip flops. Only a few years ago, women were asked to “dress appropriately please as this is a formal establishment.” This time, “dress appropriately” apparently includes work-out leggings (clearly never used for that purpose) and a bedazzled T-shirt. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, mind you, but this isn’t Friendly’s and I’m not gonna end my meal with an upside down ice cream cone that looks like a clown. The fancy restaurant felt a lot less fancy this time around. Too bad.
Another night, another special occasion, another fancy restaurant and we’re dressed for it and so is the rest of the room and it’s kindaglamorous everywhere you turn… except for this one table with five tech guys who are richer than god and probably own Oregon, but aren’t in the best of shape and all have their shirttails out, so at least three look pregnant, and one is in shorts and another has taken his shoes off and they’re sort of LOUD and there’s no denying the impact they have on the room… and the staff… and the other customers… and the five tech guys don’t care, if, in fact, they notice at all, because they don’t have to. They just spent more on expensive wines that they drank like Diet Coke on sale than everyone else in the room combined… because they could. But then I wonder, what’s special to them? How do they make an occasion a little fancy? Or are they beyond that? If so, too bad.
Sometimes it’s nice to look different, change it up, make an extra effort. You walk taller, glow brighter. If it’s a special occasion, why not look a little special? And isn’t it even more special if you look around the room and everybody else looks a little special too? Exactly.
And then you can go back to your real life and your favorite sweats and your nasty jeans and the ugly slippers that you’re never gonna get rid of and you can remember a special occasion or two or more and you can picture them and they were fancy and you rocked that tux or you worked that cocktail dress… and you smile.
The comfortable, the fancy, the over the top, the under the radar – it all comes together to tell your whole story. Make it a good one. Give it some variety.
This is your life. Dress appropriately.
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