People Just Don't Know How to Dress Anymore

United States
April 30, 2008 11:24pm CST
It is bad enough that everyone has their underwear hanging out and wants to wear shorts in the office. The women are wearing tube tops to work, etc. But, tonight, really got me worked up. I attended opening night of the opera in a major metropolitan US city. Now, granted it is a Wednesday night. But, if you can afford several hundred dollars per seat, you can get some time off your job to go home and dress properly. I saw very few evening gowns. Mostly, I saw business dress. Even the men. Darn few tuxedos. In the less expensive seats, women were wearing skirts and blouses or casual pant suits. I was in the very cheapest seats and I wore a black velvet cocktail dress and nice jewelry. I looked better dressed than some of the women in the more expensive seats. It's OPERA. It's CLASSY. You are supposed to dress up. Especially for opening night. Don't you think people should make an effort to dress up -- at least for events where you are supposed to be dressed up?
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• Canada
1 May 08
Well, when I go out I love to dress up and get all fancy. And I agree, it is nice to see other people doing the same if you are attending the same event. But, if those people felt comortable in what they were wearing then I don't see any harm done. I suppose they just wanted to go see an opera, and didn't think it was all that nessecary to look their finest. I don't think it's too much of a problem. The way they are dressed doesn't have any effect on the opera you are watching. The people will still perform the same. I highly doubt any of them cared what their audience was wearing.
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• United States
1 May 08
It's not whether the performers care or if it affects the opera, it's a manners thing. We used to know how to dress appropriately. We knew how to be respectfuly for the event we were attending by how we dressed. Now, it's just "oh who cares, I am here for the event." But, if we don't dress respectfully, are were really being appropriate for the event? Of course this is someone who wishes we would bring back the robes and the wigs in the court room.
• Canada
1 May 08
Yeah, I suppose it does make sense to be appropriate for the event. It doesnt overly concern me though. I'm not too interested in what other people wear, only what I am wearing and what I think about it. But it is good to see someone standing up for appropriate dress wear for certain events. It does seem that alot of people don't really care anymore.
@bowtieguy (5927)
• United States
6 May 08
I think knowing how to dress where is one of the most important things fasion wise anyone can learn. I always get upset when interviewing new canidates at work. I see so much bisnuess casual and few ties. wrinkles and stained outfits that should exist even if there were no launders left on this planet. Ill fitted and damaged clothing, when ever I see these things I say next and toss their resumes in the trash. I have accpedted that people don't dress as nice as they used to. put at least keep what you do wear looking nice. I am sorry to say that I am not surprised by what you saw that night. The last time I went to the opera was last year and I saw some bisnuess casuaal and some suits with no ties but to see a tux was very far and between. Chruch is another thing, I have noticed things getting a little casual. I have seen boys in t-'s and jeans, they only dress nicer for communion and things like that and even then it is only like polos. My sons and I wear suits and ties to church every week and people stare at us as if we had nothing on. I don't know about my sons but it makes me feel uncomfortable, which is not how you should feel at church. Things like this always make me stop and think how and when did things get so off track? Obviously parents could care less sometimes what how their children dress and or them self as well. I guess there's no way to know for sure, at least there are still people out there like you and I. If only people would look to us as a good example instead of like were the ones with a dressing problem.
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• United States
6 May 08
You said it brother. You are asking for a job, you need to look as spiffy as possible. Although ill-fitting clothes might not be too big a negative. Not everyone can afford to get their clothing tailored perfectly. Especially women with our yo-yo weight. Of course, that means just not fitting perfectly, not so tight it leaves nothing to the imagination or so baggy things are showing that are not meant to be seen.
@se7enthbird (8328)
• Philippines
4 May 08
well i agree to that. i am no fashion guru but, i, like you, i observe. if i am going to the opera (which i havent tried yet) i will dress for the occassion. i notice also ladies who wear not appropriate clothes for work. well i am in a band so my singers dress up on clothes that are appropriate for singers, but i hate underwear hanging out too. i really find it ugly. my cousin will soon be getting married on november and what i've heard is it will be on a five star hotel. i just hope most of my relatives will come on formal attire and not casual... there is still time for them to get ready. i would feel the way you feel at the opera if i see my relatives wearing more casual than formal.
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• United States
4 May 08
Exactly time and place appropriate. The band dresses like a band. Attending a wedding, you should look like you are attending a wedding, not just wandered in off the street.
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@Hatley (164507)
• Garden Grove, California
13 May 08
maybe after paying for tickets and seats they did not have enough left to get adressy dress lol I would have dressed upin my best but my best has to be comfortable to and sitting for hour in an opera you do not comfort as well as style.some skirts and blouses can be very classy if chosen right.
• United States
13 May 08
The people in the box seats and the orchestra seats which are the reaaaaaaallly expensive seats were dressed casually. If you can afford those seats, you can afford to dress properly. If people in the cheap seats were I was dressed in skirts and blouses, I would not have said anything.
• United States
13 May 08
I would have asked them if they thought this was a rock n roll concert. I've never been to the opera, not a fan, but if I did go, I would go all out. I usually dress for every occation the way you're supposed to. I've been to the theater and dressed in a suit and tie, dashing I was that night. Tube tops to work? Git R Done! There are two kinds of class.. First and no.