The past few summers I’ve gone into Nature Man mode. I think there’s a post called “hippie Ivy,” and I’ll probably do a surfer hippie Ivy post in September at the end of my first summer in Newport.
But previously I was able to balance the barefoot, shirtless wanderings through Central Park with a jacket and tie for concerts and weekly strolls through the Met Museum. So with everything shut down from the virus, even church, I find myself missing that “joy of being perfectly well dressed” of which Emerson spoke.
Which is why I’m a tad envious of Mitch McConnell, a politician of some sort (I try not to follow this stuff), who briefly trended on Twitter this morning (really, I try not to follow this stuff) for wearing a tan suit during a meeting in the Oval Office. You’ll recall President Obama was chided for the same gesture, as if dark wool suits are the only acceptable form of dress for politicians year round. Our American democracy has certainly settled on a very limited range of acceptable behaviors.
McConnell was flying the Trad flag in our nation’s capitol with rep tie and penny loafers along with his poplin suit. The black socks are an amusing fogey gesture. I’m sure most of us would agree that a tan and navy argyle would have the preference.
Hope you’re able to enjoy the beauty of nature in its summer splendor, as well as wear your best from time to time. — CC