September 22, 2008
So... Don and I don't always ride our bikes. Especially when I'm wearing an awesome hair piece! I guess this is cheating on a bike blog, but this is the two of us on the bus. The 7 stops pretty much right in front of our house so it's super convenient! We were on our way to the U of A's centenary alumni banquet.
I was discussing the definition of "formal" with somebody the other day and I complained that even when an invitation says "formal" or "black tie" people here in Edmonton inevitably end up showing up at events in business casual or other disappointing ensembles. I have particular qualms with the following:
- Bare legs and open toe shoes when it's colder than -10 degrees and there are several feet of snow covering everything.
- Exposed dingy white or even dingy nude bra straps that become unearthed under black dresses.
- Summer dresses or sun dresses with flip flops being passed off as formal evening wear.
- Velveteen pantsuits. Particularly the ones with glue/sparkle appliqué
- A shoulder bag doubling as an evening bag. I hate seeing this at clubs too (they always end up hitting people on the dance floor)
I know this is super judgmental. I'm sorry. I just wish people would take more pride in getting dressed up and going out.
Evidently "formal" also denotes long in terms of hem length. I hate hemming and tend to buy a lot of dresses that don't require it. Although I may be subverting traditional parameters of "formal' (ironic, I know, after my griping), I am content that the degree and manner of presentation is paramount. After all, ankles are totally kosher now!