Be clear on dress protocol
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