Be clear on dress pro­to­col

Jamaica Gleaner - - OPINION & COMMENTARY -

THE ED­I­TOR, Sir: I RE­CENTLY re­ceived an in­vi­ta­tion to be among the many who, on Satur­day, Oc­to­ber 15, would be at the Na­tional In­door Sports Cen­tre to sa­lute our 2016 Olympic team.

I was some­what ex­cited, think­ing that, fi­nally, I would get to meet some of our valiant young men and women in the flesh.

But as I read down the in­vi­ta­tion, I be­came some­what be­mused. At the place where it men­tioned ‘dress code’, it said ‘red car­pet’.

Well, my first thought was: I have no red car­pet to wear. You see, the only car­pets in my house are all gold and brown. So I de­clined the in­vi­ta­tion. I didn’t think any­body would miss me any­way.

But se­ri­ously, though, haven’t we gone a lit­tle over­board with this? When did ‘red car­pet’ be­come a dress code? If I re­mem­ber cor­rectly, ‘red car­pet’ came into the lex­i­con (fash­ion­wise) as a prop for movie stars usu­ally go­ing to a high-pro­file pre­miere. But when did we start wear­ing it?

If you want me to come to your event ap­pro­pri­ately dressed, tell me how to dress – ca­sual, busi­ness/lounge suit, or black tie (I am sure the purists and the nou­veau riche have a few oth­ers). STEPHEN HAR­RI­SON St Mary

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