20-40-60 Etiquette: Should I dress up when it's family only?

20-40-60 Etiquette, with Fashion Matters blogger Linda Miller, answers how to dress when the gathering includes only family members.
by Helen Ford Wallace and Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: December 2, 2012
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What a blessing it was to be together.

All of my grown children see to it that my precious grandchildren look their best when they are around the relatives for the holidays. Most generally, everyone wears festive holiday clothes, even if it is just for dinner. I am always so proud of all of them.

GUEST'S ANSWER: Linda Miller, author of Fashion Matters Blog: If this is an annual occurrence, how do other family members dress for the multiple events?

If your family is like most, there are probably some who want to look festive, even if it's as simple as sparkly earrings or a red satin blouse, and others who prefer jeans and a sweatshirt.

Try following the lead of most of the other relatives.

Something as simple as a velvet jacket can dress up a pair of dark jeans.

Aim for pulled-together rather than sloppy.

Usually the focus of these get-togethers is on family and celebrating rather than attire.

Callie Gordon is twenty-something, Lillie-Beth Brinkman is in her 40s, and social columnist Helen Ford Wallace is 60-plus. You'll also find a guest answer. To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. For more 20-40-60 etiquette, go to blog.newsok.com/partiesextra.

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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