Below are a few recent comments
from our readers:
In response to Jolique's essay, Rules
of the Game, one reader writes...
Are dress codes neccessary?
No, but they're not going away. People who run establishments have
an image to uphold. It's a control thing (obviously).
Those of us who were brought up
in the informal (and often collarless) American lower-middle class
tend to find dress codes pretentious. They help people to feel safe
from their own social inadequacies.
What annoys me about them is that
dress codes do not insure against ugliness, yet they almost guarantee
blandness. I'll bet most of the inhabitants of the Glencoe country
club, in addition to minding the rules, impose other sartorial limits
on themselves. They probably dress in a narrow range of colors,
subdued patterns and textures, and are careful to sport the correct
logos. Very dull.
-Tracie, September 3, 2001
Hair and make-up styles of today
are a form of expression. Each person has the right to express themselves
through their own style. The fads may or may not appeal to everyone,
and sometimes people who express their own personal styles through
their hair and make-up, are looked upon as being outlandish or extreme.
This I disagree with. I think that make-up styles and hair styles
reach beyond the individual and form a statement. The bias and the
conservative need to be ignored in this case because styles of today
should be able to allow for new looks. I am highly disappointed
in the reactions I get when I go out in public and people are astonished
at my make-up and serve up a shocked comment. I mean how ignorant
can you be? There are hundreds of magazines on the market displaying
hundreds of styles of make-up on models. What's wrong with getting
a little creative?!!!!
-Miss Mack, June 8, 2001
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