Does anyone get dressed up for anything anymore? There are beautiful clothes in beautiful stores everywhere, but is there any place left to actually wear them?
I'm planning a theatre weekend in London in early March with friends, and last night's dinner discussion turned to trip attire. I was thinking that a London theatre weekend would be a great chance to get all gussied up. Surely, the Brits still dress for an evening out.
Alas, my friends (who frequent London on holiday) tell me that no, people don't dress for the theatre there, and that most people go cas and wear jeans. Aaargh!!! Has denim pervaded everything? What's wrong with people? Doesn't anyone want to dress nicely for anything anymore?
I also can't believe what I see people wear to church. Jeans, and sometimes even shorts, are now "acceptable attire" for church. Even at Easter. When did that happen? And, more importantly, how can we put a stop to it? It's a slippery slope, and soon, we'll just be wearing our pajamas everywhere. I mean why bother to get dressed at all?
It's not like we have strong fashion role models these days. When designers consider Mary Kate & Ashley Olsen as "style icons", we're really in trouble. I remember when they wore diapers, and I'm even less impressed with their attire now. Miniature women in mammoth sunglasses does not a style icon make. And heck, now we can't even get some of these famous fashionistas to wear under garments, let alone appropriate exterior attire.
I understand why we have become utterly obsessed with watching the "red carpet" scene before Hollywood award shows. It's the only time we get to see people dressed up anymore. We're starved for elegance and style in our real lives, so we pile up in front of the TV before the Oscars to try to fill that void. I know women who actually get dressed up for Oscar night to sit and watch it on their televisions. Sad that it's come down to this, isn't it?
I'm getting ready to redo my wardrobe for spring 2007, and I really want to stock it with some beautiful, stylish things, which means I'll be the one out there who is completely overdressed for most everything. Maybe I can start a trend....but I seriously doubt it.