The Presidential Flip-Flop Flap

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The Presidential Flip-Flop Flap
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Wed, 07-20-2005 - 12:42pm

What do y'all think about the story where several female lacrosse team members at Northwestern University wore flip-flop sandals to meet with the President of the U.S.?

I personally think it was inapropriate. IMO, they should have not worn any kind of sandal or any kind of shoe where their toes were showing. I think society has become a little too casual, especially when dressy attire is required. Meeting with the president is a formal event, and thus requires proper clothing. Their skirts were nice, but the shoes were wrong. A closed toe shoe with a heel was the right thing to wear. You're not excused from wearing nice shoes because you're young and in college on a sports team. Being athletic doesn't mean you never have to dress up.

Take a look at Danica Patrick. She races cars and has to wear a firesuit and gets hot and sweaty. But in social situatons, she is always dressed beautifully in a skirt, jeans or nice pants and heels.

Just my opinion!

Cindy

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Wed, 07-20-2005 - 3:46pm

Hi Cindy!


I didn't see the story but I agree completely...in the extremely unlikely event I would ever receive an audience with someone of that stature, business professional attire would be the order of the day for me. After all, I suspect (or at least I hope) that those ladies don't dress casually for a business interview! (LOL)


I know I have my moments when I really don't feel in a dressing-up mood - as my own shoe selection at the office might occasionally attest (*wink*) - but the liberties one might take at an office setting or a dinner out simply are not applicable to a meeting of that stature. :) I'd rather not risk feeling underdressed for an occasion...especially one where I was likely to be photographed and subsequently seen by millions of people!


A little less casual now and then is an entirely good thing. :) Hugs,


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Wed, 07-20-2005 - 5:52pm
Flip-flops in the White House??? *THUD*
Shame on the coach who did not tell them what to wear and instruct them to go shopping and buy a suit, hose, and dress shoes! Sometimes young ladies don't have the life experience to know the magnitude of something like visiting the White House, and don't know that a skirt and *flip-flops* is not dressing up. Even if the flip-flops have beads (yes, that is what one young lady said to justify her attire)!!
When I was in college, I remarkably thought that clean jeans was dressing nice. Although I doubt that I would have thought them appropriate to wear when meeting the Leader of the Free World.
At least we have not fallen so far that this is not even scandalous!
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Wed, 07-27-2005 - 9:29am

I actually just saw the

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Wed, 07-27-2005 - 10:43am

“I personally think it was inappropriate.” I agree.

I contend it is a complete lack of respect and maturity from kids today that comes from lack of discipline and authority. Most of the kids I see and talk to in my community are so spoiled, and they feel that doing whatever they want all the time, is right. I’m not saying these girls are spoiled, but there is clearly no respect here..

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Wed, 07-27-2005 - 11:37am

I find it very rare to see anyone dressed up anymore. I have been to job interviews where I was better dressed than the interviewer and have to wonder what happened to "business attire".

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Wed, 07-27-2005 - 12:22pm

Last year I attended a friend's ordination ceremony - an entire weekend of special Masses at a major cathedral, meeting

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