In Nutley, NJ, where I grew up, we were made to wear our “Sunday best” for church services, (or Saturday synagogue). For us girls, that meant a pretty dress and shiny patent leather shoes. There was never a thought given to wearing that same dress to school or (gasp) to play. Similarly, we’d never see sneakers in church.
The world has moved on, and though I no longer attend church I see that the dress code has relaxed significantly. So we moderns are lacking a special day for dress-up. I say let’s make it any day we choose. Seriously, it’s my campaign to wear my good stuff any time I feel like it, for any occasion. A beer at the pub? You could wear your favorite tulle skirt and silk tank top. Have you inherited a string of family pearls? Wear them with a graphic tee, and make a statement.
There are designated clothes, obviously, for painting the kitchen, cleaning out the garage, or lounging on the couch late at night watching Netflix. No one’s suggesting we wear our designer denim for those activities. But too often we squirrel away our “best” things waiting for just the right moment. Maybe the moment is now, and you’ll feel the joy.
I feel the same about dishes and wine glasses, sheets, scarves and perfume. If we own these things because we like them, why not use them on the regular? Both my grandmothers had “good China” that was only brought out twice a year, and then with great vigilance. And it was beautiful.
Stay fabulous, and wear your “best” whenever you like, xo
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