Hall's Rules of Social Order

Hall’s Rule of Social Order #107

28 March, 2011 (12:00) | Hall's Rules of Social Order

You’re only as dressed up as your least formal article of clothing.  More specifically, you can’t dress up sports gear.  A football jersey with a sports coat and tie underneath is still a football jersey.  A sweater vest with warm up pants is still warm up pants.  You’re basically a walking contradiction.  That, or you’re just too clueless to commit to one or the other.

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  • Russ

    Does this apply to only clothes that are visible? Like, say, if I was wearing an Armani tux but clown boxers? Please discuss.

  • Good question…I’m going to say yes, only visible. The question then becomes “how visible?” I’m a fan of wearing a certain pair of “dress” socks with alien head stitched all over them. It gives my outfit character, I think…but perhaps it is negating my formal-ness…