December 26, 2008
Our clothes tell a story; that's why we own mirrors

Oh Gina, did you just say Sacramento has no standards? That anything goes? I'm choking on my melba toast.

All I'm asking is that people aim a little higher.

I saw our new mayor at a press conference recently and he was looking pretty sharp. In fact, there was a recent gathering of mayors in Sacramento and one published photo of a certain Central Valley mayor showed he was wearing jeans while all the others, including Johnson, were in suits. That other mayor looked ridiculous.

There is a time and place for everything. It's always better to be the best-dressed person in the room rather than the worst.

There is a time to wear jeans -- walking my dog, doing groceries, blogging. There is even a time when nice jeans are appropriate -- at a night club (not at a country club), at more casual restaurants, on casual Fridays at some workplaces (The Bee, of course, has no sartorial standards, except one must be somewhat covered and it doesn't matter if one is covered with material that has ghastly palm trees or scenes of beaches on it).

Fashion choices are about being sensible and respectful and refined. Showing up in jeans at a very nice restaurant is simply tacky. The message I get from that person is, "I don't know any better." If the busboy isn't allowed to wear jeans, don't you think that's at least a tacit suggestion that jeans are the wrong choice at this place?

If someone showed up at a job interview wearing jeans and I was the employer, I would reply with one word, "Next." This person conveyed a message: I have poor judgment.

As for the hapless jeans-wearing hayseed at Slocum House, I would have lent him my sport coat, but I couldn't imagine anything I own going with orange and white stripes. It would have only made matters worse

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