I was at a party recently, and I was talking to the host. He was telling me that he was so happy he discovered the TV show “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel”. He said it was the first time he’d turned on his television since “Mad Men” ended. And he proceeded to tell me things about the show that he particularly loved. And he was right- I watched the show and found it very entertaining.
But I started to think about what drew him to these particular shows. Did he just love all things “M”? Was he drawn to the sixties in NYC? What was it about these shows?
And I thought back to the party. A cocktail party. A true blue, all American party with expertly made cocktails and hors d’oevres. All served on beautiful platters, or matching glassware. Like they served at those parties. And he was impeccably dressed in a suit and tie, even though it was a Saturday night, while the majority of men were in jeans.
And I thought about how he reminisces fondly of going to the opera and how people wore formal wear. And how people dressed up for the theater. And they dressed for dinner…
And I realized he wants to live in a world that is slightly less casual. He doesn’t like wearing jeans to work. He likes hats and stylish overcoats. He loves carrying a briefcase, and having a real pen in his pocket.
So for write my blog Thursday I ask the question? Has the world gotten too casual?
I’m currently reading a book about the French lifestyle- (no worries- when I finish there will be an entire blog devoted to my thoughts and feelings on this book) The author discusses how she is always trying to maintain a certain standard of civility. She states that as she was writing a particular chapter she was in black slacks, black long sleeve t, taupe cardigan and loafers. Jewelry, hair, make up. The full ride. As I write, I am in a grey velour sweatshirt that is about a thousand years old, leggings with a hole in the thigh, and my sketchers furry slippers….(ok- I am wearing make up and my hair is half blown out) But…would I me more productive if I were dressed less casually?
Should jeans be worn to an office environment?
Should we dress up if we are going out for the evening?
What’s the line between casual and sloppy?
Do your clothes really say something about you?