James Perse brushed jersey turtleneck (old)
James Perse ruched pencil skirt
Brooks Brothers outlet camelhair blazer
Rag & Bone Harrow booties
Francesco Biasia Brooke Tote (courtesy of Forzieri)
I’m in Atlanta now for a while, and I love the cold weather and colorful trees; I didn’t realize how much I missed the trees changing until now. It’s cold here, but sunny, so it’s perfect weather in my opinion. We had the bris Thursday afternoon, and while the family is a mix of orthodox and reform, I never considered wearing anything other than a skirt. Leo wore his suit and his son wore nice pants and a shirt tucked in. But the majority of attendees at the bris wore jeans, t-shirts, and just whatever they had thrown on. I was a little surprised, although I probably shouldn’t have been. I think today, we (the royal we) wear whatever is comfortable or whatever we feel like wearing, regardless of the situation. Maybe I’m too “old fashioned” or traditional when it comes to dressing myself and how I expect my family to dress, but I have always felt that a religious ceremony calls for some sartorial thought.
Indeed, in my opinion, leaving one’s house is an occasion to dress for (you know my opinions on leggings as pants, exercise wear as “clothing” and I’m sure you can guess how I feel about pajamas at breakfast). When we still lived in Atlanta, Leo and I went to the symphony frequently, and we both always “dressed up” not simply because that is what is expected, but because we treated it as an “event” – something to “dress” for, although most attendees wore jeans (and not necessarily “nice” jeans). Dressing up always lends an air of excitement to anything I think, although maybe it’s easier to just wear jeans and a t-shirt all the time. Unfortunately, it appears to also be easier to give less thought to what others may need or expect from you in terms of your clothing choices than worrying about norms and rules about what to wear where. But that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t.
Dressing appropriately is a sign of respect – both to yourself and others. Wearing clean clothes, real shoes (not flip-flops), and making sure you don’t have holes in your shirt or tears in your sweater shows that you care about your appearance and that you respect anyone else you may see enough to “dress” for them. It also shows that you respect yourself enough to put some thought into your clothing choices.
Are you surprised by the way people dress for going “out” or for religious ceremonies? Don’t even get me started on how people dress for travel…