Last night J. took me out to a very nice restaurant to celebrate my birthday. (Don't you love Groupon? It can make an expensive restaurant a more reasonable one.) Anyway, it was a lovely dinner... fondue restaurants are just fun... and it was a chance to dress up. I like to dress up. It's fun and makes something feel more special. And I think that children enjoy seeing their parents dressed up. I can remember thinking it exciting to see my parents dressed up to go out. It seemed like such a grown-up thing to do.
But, evidently, not everyone feels the same way I do. I find it just a little disheartening when other people don't play the dress-up game. When we arrived at the restaurant last night, the party ahead of us waiting to be seated included a woman wearing shorts and a t-shirt. I smothered the momentary impulse to ask her what she was thinking... but really, what was she thinking? This is not the sort of restaurant that one goes to on impulse. (Well, it's not something I would do, but I realize I often live in a different universe.) Why would you think wearing shorts to a restaurant often voted Chicago's "Most romantic" is appropriate?
Part of the fun of going out is seeing others dressed up as well. It adds to the occasion. I just don't get why others don't play along. Sometimes I feel as though I'm waging a one-woman battle against overly casual dress. How we present ourselves to others says a lot about how we feel about ourselves... and I think indicates to others how we expect others to treat us. As much I we want to deny it, clothes, how we dress, are very important.
So, talk to me. Do you like to dress up? Does it bother you that society has become terminally casual? Do you feel different when you dress up? Recently I've been finding this subject endlessly fascinating to think about. It also doesn't help that I've found the best blog about sewing and vintage patterns and lots of discussion about how woman have dressed in the past. I'm afraid I've spent far too many hours reading about sewing at Gertie's New Blog for Better Sewing than doing actual sewing.