The death of my great-grandmother, Gigi, brought my dysfunctional family together again after many years of fighting. After the funeral, however, all the talk was directed toward a young woman who appeared on the arm of one of Gigi’s not-so-young brothers. I don’t know her name or if she’d ever met my great-grandmother, but she showed up in a strange belly-dancing attire with smokey eye make-up and over-the-top jewelry.
Now, my family tends to be a bit judgmental – and that’s giving them more credit than they deserve. Once talk of the fond memories with Gigi had passed, they needed something to fill the awkward silence and this woman provided tons of gossip and complaints. I, who seemed least offended, was the last to place blame. Perhaps this lady wanted to look her best while giving her condolences. For all I know, this could have been her first funeral. Maybe she was hoping for an opportunity to break out into interpretive dance as a way of grieving..
I understand that in a business setting, it is wise to dress professionally. In a school environment, it is best to dress modestly. But what about personal occasions? I’m talking weddings, funerals, family reunions, etc. Looking nice is important, but “nice” is a relative term left to opinion.
Would you have been offended at this woman’s attire? Where do you draw the line when it comes to “looking your best?”