Thursday, December 16, 2010

More Finds at the Local Antique Shop - All Dressed Up with Someplace to Go

I love this group photo of people all dressed up in fancy winter attire.  Elaborate hats, bow ties, and groomed mustaches add to the charm of the scene. The first thing I thought when I saw this in a shop a month ago was that perhaps those pictured were heading out to church on a snowy Christmas morning. Someone took the photograph to document the special occasion. It seems appropriate to post the image now with the holiday only a little over a week away.

Christmas seems to be one of the few times we care to dress up any more. Where people once prettied themselves to go to dinner, travel, and even go to work, today we are quickly losing this aspect of human culture. Almost all the restaurants I frequent are casual. Comfortable dress is the ideal on a plane or cruise ship. Suits are becoming less and less the norm for everyday business wear. Images such as the one above remind us why it is nice to sometimes be formal. There is something special about seeing people in their finery. Taking care of our dress reminds us of the occasion in which we are participating, heightening our awareness of self and our sense of place.

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