Thursday, September 24, 2009


Warning: If you are expecting a post about politics, Guilty Pleasures, football picks or the latest headlines please skip this post and come back and visit Mr. Dilettante's Neighborhood tomorrow.

Next week at this time, we will be packing our suitcases for a trip to Beloit, WI. We will be attending my reunion. Mr. D and I met many years ago at Beloit College. Since we both graduated from the college, we return every couple of years for reunions. We both love going back to Beloit.

This year we will be attending a cluster reunion which means that my class and the two classes behind me will all be attending the same 20th reunion cluster events even though for some people it will actually be their 21st reunion, others their 20th reunion and still others their 19th reunion. Interestingly enough, this year I also attended my 25th high school reunion. Because Beloit does the cluster reunions, every few years I have both a milestone high school and college reunion in the same calendar year.

Five years ago, I attended my high school reunion. I felt like I was back in high school, consulting with my two good friends about what we would wear to the event. The three of us all arrived in dress pants and it seemed like 99 percent of the other women wore their little black dresses (LBD), heels and diamond jewelry. Oops. About a month later, we attended a Beloit reunion. I did little if any consulting with my Beloit friends about what to wear. Many people spent the afternoon in jeans at the football game and went immediately went to the dinner still dressed in their jeans. I went back to the hotel, put on a LBD that I had purchased the week before the reunion and then went to the dinner. Oops.

Okay, I learned my lesson. Last month I appeared at my high school reunion in a LBD and fit in with all of the other women.

I'm not sure what to wear to the big dinner at the Beloit reunion. Truth is, I love to dress up. Casual is hard for women. For men, casual usually means simply a pair of khaki pants and a polo shirt. Casual is not well defined for women. Ultimately, I will probably end up packing several outfits and end up choosing something on Saturday afternoon.

Maybe I will split the difference and wear a LBD with Reeboks.


Gino said...

maybe and LBD with chuck taylors?
now THAT would be making a statement.

Mrs. D said...

Green or red?

The Moose said...

Red would clearly be preferable.

Gino said...

and they gotta be thrashed chucks.
preferably with rips and tears that cause a toe to jut out, with your boyfriends name, or your favorite band, written along the sides.

new chucks would be so gaudy, and totally not sincere.

Mrs. D said...

Rumor has it that red is big this year.

I suppose that your vote would be to have Shreds written on the Chuck Taylors.