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Jun. 3rd, 2009 10:57 am
[personal profile] robert_jones
I can't get over how dreadful the groom's outfit is in this entry. I'm posting about it here in order to get it off my chest, as otherwise I'd have to comment on the entry, and it would be inappropriate to be negative on such an occasion. But, really, what?!? Despite the fact that it's clearly daylight in that photo, he's wearing a parody of evening dress. He's paired a white bow-tie with what appears to be a dinner jacket. The jacket doesn't fit him, and the tie has gone horriby wrong. Part of the problem is that having added to the eccentricity of his look by wearing a wing-tip collar, he's tucked the tips behind the tie, which rather defeats the point of having them. Even so, I doubt that a real tie could be persuaded to stick out at that angle, so I suspect that it's a pre-tied tie which for some reason he's wearing two sizes too large.

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Date: 2009-06-03 02:24 pm (UTC)
sashajwolf: photo of Blake with text: "reality is a dangerous concept" (Default)
From: [personal profile] sashajwolf
I think you may underestimate the barriers which people who haven't been immersed in the privileged culture of formal etiquette feel they encounter when they start trying to learn that etiquette. It can be difficult even to know who to ask, what kind of books to look in and what search strings to use, partly because there's an element of not knowing (or being able to articulate) what it is you don't know and partly because of a sort of anxiety or mental block. I remember encountering this a fair bit when booking external speakers for some of the Cambridge societies I was involved with. One conversation with Rabbi Sheila Shulman still stands out, in which she tried to explain to me how nerve-wracking she found it to be invited to Formal Hall.

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