Casual Fridays grew into Casual Decades

Woman with a parasol, by Édouard Manet, 1881.

I just read the most insightful article from the San Diego Magazine, September 2013.  I remember years ago having a conversation with my Dad about how there just aren’t many restaurants in California that you have to dress up for.  Our little group would be all dressed up in suits and polished shoes, cocktail dresses and heels, and seated next to us would be a couple in jeans and tennis shoes.  And we weren’t dining at Denny’s.  And from my travels I’m pretty sure this is not just a California issue.  This standard, or lack thereof, seems to have taken off in a big way.

What do you think?  Have we become too casual?  Should we take dining out more seriously?  Should we iron our clothes before jumping into them for dinner down the street?  Should we abandon the flip-flops, boots, and athletic shoes occasionally?

I have to admit I enjoy matching china, silver, and crystal.  Why does every new place love serving you in mis-matched serving dishes?  When did this become cool?

Read Troy’s article for yourself.  I definitely see myself in it!  Hmmm, maybe it’s time to dress up, for a change.

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