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Column: Street wear is NOT Evening wear

The Serial Shopper is Salute Magazine’s weekly column authored by Fashion Editor Money Jensen. The Serial Shopper is a weekly look into the mind of our quirky and eclectic Fashion Editor and her thoughts on the state of the fashion industry, fashion influencers, and controversial topics within.

Street wear is something we all love dearly, but where is the line drawn between a casual event, and an event that demands a little effort?

In 2017, it is pretty safe to say that we have all become comfortable with being, well, comfortable! Every day we walk the streets, visit restaurants, and go to work seeing people in t-shirts, sneakers, track pants, and hoodies. All of these are acceptable in certain venue’s, but in recent years, it seems as though people make less and less of an effort to look presentable.

Streetwear has come a tremendously long way from the break dancers of 1980’s NYC to the forefront of fashion with collaborations like the one between Supreme and luxury retailer Louis Vuitton. But, is anyone else saddened that you can find yourself in a restaurant where you’re paying over $150 for dinner and the people at the table next to you look like they couldn’t be bothered to make an effort?

This may sound a little boujois, but when did proper dressing etiquette go out of the window altogether? I am the first person to champion fashion being subjective and artistic, but, there is a difference between art and just not giving a crap about where you are.

I recently visited a 5-star  Italian restaurant inside of a casino for my birthday dinner. I hadn’t overdone my outfit; I was wearing a gorgeous high-slit maxi-dress from Boohoo, gold jewelry, and a nice leather clutch. The venue was beautiful and what you would expect from such a place, perfect for a candlelit dinner. While we were there, it was unfortunate to see, that many of the other patrons simply could not have cared less what they wore to dinner. Hoodies, sweatshirts, fishing t-shirts, sports jerseys were all acceptable attire apparently.

Another instance of this was a few years ago; I attended a funeral for a family friend. It was in the winter so we wore clothing that would keep us warm. That being said, am I the only person who thinks it is unacceptable to wear jeans and a hoodie or pullover to a funeral of a family member? As a child, many of us were taught that when you are laying someone to rest, you wear your best attire out of respect for that person. It is true, not everyone can afford nice clothes, and there have been many times where people have borrowed clothing from other friends or me to attend such events, so why were there so many individuals who decided to phone it in?

All restaurants are not required to have a dress code,  but where have the days of standards gone? When we can’t even take the time to dress appropriately for a persons homegoing, what does it say about our society?

We live in a much more relaxed society where things have changed a lot. But in America, there has been a loss of glamour and standards when it comes to evening attire and situational attire in general. How do we revive ourselves from this lax attitude about the way we dress?

Please comment below or tweet me at Serialshopper66 and let me know your thoughts on this topic.


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