Sunday, January 3, 2010

Modern Manners Monday

Photo of Taylor Momsen on the set of Gossip Girl.

After a short holiday hiatus, Modern Manners Monday returns. I am revisiting George Washington’s Rules of Civility as it provides ample material. Today’s topic is near and dear to my heart as BTG will attest.

Rule 52

“In your Apparel be Modest and endeavor to accommodate Nature, rather than to procure Admiration. Keep to the Fashion of your equals Such as are Civil and orderly with respect to Times and Places.”

One should always dress in a manner appropriate to the situation and environment. Cleavage is not acceptable in the workplace unless you spend your working hours wrapped around a metal pole. I would also add that as a parent, one should consider the impression they make upon their kin. If you deem it tolerable for yourself, you are declaring it passable for your children as well.

As for the photo above, to quote BTG: “There is no place where that would be appropriate, not even the bedroom.”


  1. I could live without this look...especially on a teenager. Ah ha ha

  2. I love George Washington. Second only perhaps to Ben Franklin. Agreed, what on earth is little miss taylor wearing?!! Whoever let her out of the house looking like this should be terribly ashamed.

  3. Kristin - Isn't it outrageous? And (although I am a fan of the show) young girls will see this on TV and try to emulate it!

    Laura - You are so right. Ben Franklin is tops. I would put Thomas Jefferson in there as well! Have you ever looked into a book containing the quotes of Abigail Adams? I highly recommend it.

  4. But in our times Lady Gaga is reigning... Sabine x

  5. Sabine - Ah, but Lady Gaga is a performer. Almost a fictional character! She does provide plenty of entertainment but I hope her style doesn't invade the workplace any time soon.

  6. Have we forgotten the impact Madonna had on the

    young girls /now women...........


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