<BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-title">quote:</div><div class="ip-ubbcode-quote-content">Originally posted by Jayco1:
We have certainly become a nation of casual dressers and I don't know when it happened. I guess the lack of a dress code has been a slow progression over the years, but last night at the funeral home, I found myself thinking how nice it was back when everyone would show up for a wake wearing nice clothes.
For some reason it bothered me that people showed up wearing blue jeans and T-Shirt or tank top. It was a very large wake and the number of neckties on men must have been fewer than 5%. More people wore jeans than dress slacks, I actually felt out of place wearing a suit.
Weddings are the same way, people show up wearing whatever they want. Looking at the old pictures in our family album I realized that many years ago, even for family gatherings on special holidays, everyone dressed up.
Have we evolved into a society without style, class, or taste?
Maybe I'm just old and stuffy, but I miss the days when people cared about how they look. </div></BLOCKQUOTE>
Well I can echo your feelings, certainly, even though, like you, we're BOTH not TOO old..
I witnessed the same scenarios, per se, back in 1999 during my trip after trip to divorce court with several related proceedings.
I am definately a casual kinda guy much preferring a Tshirt and shorts in the summer and a sweatshirt and jeans in the winter. Gimme my sleep lounge pants around the house.
BUT...I was taught that there are certain times when we should dress up in our "Sunday/Go To meetin' Clothes" and trips to court definately qualify for that.
Every trip I made to court, I made sure I was dressed in a suit and tie, per Momma's teachings
as a show of respect for the court, if nothing else..
I was utterly stunned
the first trip I made into the courtroom by the t shirts, dirty jeans, and associated like-wear on display by those having business with the court. I was amazed at their callous attitudes, and even more so, by the judge's apparent couldn't care less attitudes about what stood before HER...
I also showed up with my "case" in a briefcase, having thorughly prepared myself while my attorney showed up with nothing more than a manila file folder in his hand.
What was hilarious to me, was during my wait times, I had several different individuals come up to me to ask if I was an attorney and could I speak with them about their situation??
Having heard all the lawyer jokes over the years and even shared a few with my own, I politely informed them, that NO, I was NOT an attorney and left them all scratching their heads when I informed them, jokingly, (not) that I had a REAL job instead of a "lower than whale dung" one...
But I agree with you about how casual America is/has become...I think we both may be a dying breed!