I agree!!!

My number one fashion peeve is that most people have gotten much too casual about their wardrobes.  I would much rather be overdressed than underdressed any day.  Most of the time the overdressed person at an event is remembered as being the best dressed. 

Don’t get me wrong, I was once a disciple of the “Casual = Comfortable” doctrine, but maturity has brought with it a keen eye for the inappropriate.  So I’d like to think that I am shining a light on an old problem, rather than casting stones or pointing accusing fingers at anyone in particular.

When I first began working on this piece I was convinced that the problem began in the mid to late 80’s when the Casual Friday fad took off.  But after digging deeper into fashion history I now believe it actually began about two decades before that in the mid to late 60’s.  That’s when young people, who were bent on expressing themselves, began thumbing their noses at their parent’s conservative lifestyles and equally conservative wardrobes. 

There is absolutely nothing wrong with dressing casually for a casual event.  Bring on the jeans and sneakers or the shorts and flip flops for the family barbecue or a beach party. Not for your nieces christening or your nephew’s graduation or dinner theatre.  But unfortunately, most people now consider every day a casual day.  Visit any high school or college campus in America and you will be hard pressed to tell the difference between the students and some of the faculty (unless you see someone in pajama bottoms, that’s definitely a student). Turn on the television Sunday mornings and you’re greeted by pastors in jeans. As if looking “cool” is really going to save more souls.   

Life is not a casual dress rehearsal.  Why treat it that way?  Dress up to stand out.  After all, these days all you have to do to stand out in a crowd (or at work and school) is dress well because so many people don’t.

~I’m bringing CLASSY back!~

photo credit: Scott Adams, author