Years ago, I planned our wedding for 6:15pm to make it clear that it was a formal, evening affair. I didn’t put “black tie optional” on the invitation, because it was implied. Our guests got it. Most came in semi-formal attire, but a few were formal, and weren’t out of place at all.
Fast forward to the present. The holiday party was “festive holiday attire”. Um… it was at a country club, so no jeans with a cute holiday sweatshirt allowed.
Vintage Vegas was black tie optional – or maybe “encouraged”. Don’t recall.
Then, yours truly advised that the attire for the board retreat was “very comfy-casual” and I might have even added that we were going to get sweaty. Closed-toe shoes were required by the facility.
Now, we have a “sundress festive” event later this month. Am I just fostering a culture where we make up our own terminology, because I like to invent words and phrases, or is this deviation from the known social norms and the associated vocabulary happening everywhere?
And what on earth does a non-sundress wearer wear to such? Am I the only person who worries about these things?