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Be clear on dress protocol

Published:Tuesday | October 18, 2016 | 10:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I recently received an invitation to be among the many who, on Saturday, October 15, would be at the National Indoor Sports Centre to salute our 2016 Olympic team.

I was somewhat excited, thinking that, finally, I would get to meet some of our valiant young men and women in the flesh.

But as I read down the invitation, I became somewhat bemused. At the place where it mentioned 'dress code', it said 'red carpet'.

Well, my first thought was: "I have no red carpet to wear." You see, the only carpets in my house are all gold and brown. So I declined the invitation. I didn't think anybody would miss me anyway.

But seriously, though, haven't we gone a little overboard with this? When did 'red carpet' become a dress code? If I remember correctly, 'red carpet' came into the lexicon (fashion-wise) as a prop for movie stars usually going to a high-profile premiere. But when did we start wearing it?

If you want me to come to your event appropriately dressed, tell me how to dress - casual, business/lounge suit, or black tie (I am sure the purists and the nouveau riche have a few others).

STEPHEN HARRISON

St Mary