tee hee...i knew I would spark something. Won't change me tho - because if I wanted to go ALL OUT formal I would have booked a secluded 5 star hotel or cruise ship. And, if I don't do anything formal where I live (country) I sure am not going to purchase a 300 plus dress for an hour of glory on the ship.
Hey..........if we all were the same, it would be a very boring world. I chose to be different. And if you like it good -- if not its not my problem. We all looked nice -- and thats what counts.
I wasn't trying to burn you personally, it was just my overall opinion.
Also, I'm not sure why everyone thinks that dressing up has to cost a bundle. Three hundred for a nice dress?? There are tons of consignment stores including the Salvation Army (which is nothing to sneeze at these days) where a guy can put together a great suit for around 20 bucks. Nothing at all wrong with this in my opinion. Alot of it is stuff that has barely been worn if ever at all and still very much in style. Once you have it you have it and a decent suit never really goes out of style except maybe the tie to some extent.
My wife would kill me for divulging this but her formal night dress on our recent cruise cost her around 10 bucks at a store close out. I'm not tooting my horn, but it was a beautiful dress and she got all kinds of compliments about it. Nice clothes really don't have to cost much at all if a person just shops around a bit. It's a little like cruising itself. It's not nearly as expensive as most people think as long as you don't drink like a fish or go excursion and shopping crazy.
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Ahhhh I didn't take it personally - really. That would be nice to go to a thrift store, etc. I wish we had that around our place! I live in the country 2 hrs from any kind of store like that. Hey........we do have a WAl Mart (not a superstore). ... no prob mon!
It's a hard argument to sell these days, especially to most men, I guess. This is the era where alot of men will even walk into a fairly nice restaurant and keep their nasty ballcap on while they eat... the one that some guys seem to have a need to wear 24/7. Of course, they usually have a young son with them sporting a ball cap and the day of telling a kid (or adult) that he should remove his hat while eating is no more.
You voiced my thoughts exactly. But I would also like to add something to your mention of the ball caps in a dining room (of any kind). I would almost rather see them keep them on their heads than to do what most do. They take them off and set them on the dining table, yuck!
I agree w/ready2board that it is in poor taste wearing of hats indoors. Being a veteran, one thing I learned is that you do not wear headgear indoors. There is a time and place for everything. When you dress properly for the occasion, not only are you showing respects for others, but most of all you are showing respect for yourself.
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