Friday, April 12, 2013

Monkey Suit

The first time I can remember wearing a coat and tie was to the high school prom in 1967.
It was a hand-me-down suit given to me by my cousin Bruce Levan a few years after the Beatles landed in America, and the suit looked like the one the the fab four wore in some of their publicity shots. It was grey and had no collar and I felt like a million bucks in that suit, but by the end of the evening, I was ready to get it off!
For most of my life, I've worn dungarees, and cotton shirts to school, and cutoff pants during the summer. A casual wardrobe seem to fit my style. 
Even today, my favorite clothes are jeans and tee shirts that I bought when Clinton was in the White House.
I was promoted into a management position with the phone company in the late 80s. It provided a lot of opportunity for me, but wearing a suit was mandatory, even on night shift, and that chafed, so to speak.
Since I retired, the only time I've worn a suit was to a fancy-smancy Chamber of Commerce event in Mountain Brook, and to a couple funerals.
I've come to a point in my life that comfort trumps everything. I'm not saying I won't ever wear a suit again, but if you were to hang around with a camera trying to get a photo of me in a monkey suit, you better bring a lunch :)
I hope you all have a remarkable weekend.


  1. You sound a lot like my husband. That is what he is most comfortable in, too. However, being a chaplain at the hospital he does have to dress for know what I mean by that- xo Diana

  2. Ya.. there isn't much reason to dress up anymore.
    We used to have costume balls and elegance was something
    that was treasured. Today it's turned 180 the other way.
    But once in a while, you feel like gussying up and it makes you feel special to look special except now its for funerals or weddings and then the things sit in your closet gathering dust again lol

  3. Jack wears a tie (and a shirt of course!) everyday. I'm sure he'd prefer to go jeans and a tee shirt too! Stay cool Rick!

  4. I had one of those jackets too! Nero collar. lol

  5. You are reminding most of us women of our husbands! Comfort first! Mine did give in an wear a tuxedo a year ago to our daughter's second wedding. He told her plainly that if there were ever a third one not to plan on renting him a tuxedo.


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