I’m gonna throw equal shade at all of the clothes as I find pictures.
For comparison: This was El Pendejo about a year ago at the last *Not a State Visit!* event. Suit didn’t fit - too big, baggy in shoulders, tight/wrinkly on arms.
For the past couple of months, he’s been keeping his weight on his toes (which is gonna end with him faceplanting), knees locked, butt pushed back.
I especially saw my grandmother go into that constant leaning posture after her 2nd major event. (Amongst other behaviors.)
This is a problem that Americans have when we have to go to formal events. We don’t know how to wear gloves, and so there aren’t many sold in the US.
Gloves - kid and satin, both - get bigger as they warm up. When we try them on, the right size feel tight
Daytime diamonds only acceptable how how Her Maj wears them. 1 brooch, a wedding/engagement ring.
No bracelets, necklaces.
Opera gloves are not supposed to be pulled off. You’re not burlesque here.
They have a row of buttons at the wrist.
If you are wearing long sleeves and short gloves, you can just pull the gloves off.
THIS is why we wear long sleeves to state dinners.
But the key is: you don’t remove jewelry at the table, and jewelry is required for these events. And so are gloves.
(I didn’t make the rules, people. Yes, they’re silly. They come from the time when elbows were considered erotic.)
When you lose or wear through a heel cap, you start scratching the floors.
The antique floors in historic buildings.
For all his flaws? Chuck’s human.
The contrast is so simple and so obvious.
(I’m not Chuck’s biggest fan. In fact, I’d like him to skip being king, though I have to say the same about William, too.)
I’m not elitist.
I have a lot of issues with this kind of social signaling because it excludes people who don’t have time, money & background to either grow up with it or do the research.
But the TRULY classy, kind rich people will explain.
And all of this -all the clothing, all the rules, all the displays- they’re diplomatic protocol. It keeps the wheels of international cooperation greased.
On the other hand: There are solid behavioral reasons to put people in very structured clothing, to make them wear precious and irreplaceable wealth, to observe ancient rituals.
It makes people cautious and present.
It’s sort of the same principle for people who work from home. A lot of us find we are more productive if we set aside an hour to have breakfast, get dressed, prep for the day.
I’m very much a middle class kid, but there’s military formality in my background (ask me about meeting Mattis sometime) which is closely related to diplomatic protocol.
It’s not hard to learn.
We can teach this to anyone.
If they will do the reading.
If they will listen to expertise.
And the Trumps do not.
Neither does anyone they’ve managed to keep on staff. And because of that, they look like they’re careless, sloppy, ignorant rubes.
The whole point of formal (professional) clothing is to convey, as visual shorthand, that you are competent, cognizant, prepared, and attentive without having to do the negotiation every single time, with everyone.
Well... It’s really easy to take advantage of someone who thinks they’re more competent than they are. They are easy to manipulate.
That’s it. I’m packing in. I’ll reply to comments.
If you’ve liked this long day of commentary, you can buy me coffee.
I’m a working writer, and I’m happy to be paid.
That typo will bother me.
(No, an edit button for twttr is a VERY bad idea.)
So yeah, in my book? Nice enough.
(Los Angeles Metropolitan Statistical Area native earth is just too many characters.)