August 21, 2012
Emily Post has spoken.
Or at least, The Emily Post Institute has. According to the website, jeans are appropriate for casual occasions only. In fact, the etiquette site seems to prefer khakis for men (as they are listed first) and a sundress or skirt for ladies. However, "good jeans (clean no holes)" are acceptable for men and "nice jeans" are fine for ladies. Again, casual events only which - although not specified - seems to translate to a back-yard picnic or family reunion hay ride. Nothing work -related, please.
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Funny, a 1953 article by Emily Post in The Toledo Blade is unreservedly harsh towards jeans. A young girl wrote to Post through her column, asking if she agreed with the girls' mother that it was inappropriate to wear jeans into "the village" near her family's seaside resort in summer (location unnamed.) Post wrote, "I doubt if I can give an unbiased answer. The reason is that my own vivid memories of the entrancing summer dresses worn by the ‘beautiful' women of yesterday have made me personally dislike the sloppy costumes of today - such as blue jeans."
What do you think? Have jeans ruined our sense of etiquette? Or, have they liberated our souls?