And good etiquette is nothing more complicated than having consideration for others.
Many years ago when my partner, Victor Pleshev, and I were exhibiting the Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies at the Bridal Fair at the Town Hall in Sydney NSW, I was dressed in my usual fashion.
Short, spiky hair perfectly cut and styled.
Soft and subtle make-up.
An art I’ve been perfecting since my first job after uni when I worked at George Washington University in the 1960’s. An era when everyone in an office environment dressed up to go to work.
Think – Mad Men era!
And my now trademark rural dress fashion.
A beautifully pressed pair of jeans. A crisply ironed cotton shirt. A blazer/jacket. Boots polished to a mirror shine. And an Akubra hat from my extensive wardrobe of hats.
Showy sterling silver earrings. My precious 1880’s fob watch on a long chain. Rings. Bracelets. Watch.
The bling works!
The exhibition lasted from Friday to Sunday.
And on Sunday, as we were packing up, one of the exhibitors in the shabbily dressed category, who I befriended, asked me why I went to so much trouble with my appearance.
And my answer was simple.
I don’t have to look at me all day. But everyone else does. It’s out of consideration for them that I go to so much trouble.
She didn’t answer.
And with her head slightly askew – thinking – perhaps?! – slowly walked away.
Food for thought for her?!
In my opinion, not only is it inconsiderate to foist slovenly dress on others.
But when I have to look at it all day, I resent it.
And become annoyed.
There’s enough ugliness in the world without adding to it.
You feel better about yourself.
You’re treated by others in a more positive manner.
You’re considered to be important by people that you meet.
You’re a magnet that attracts admiring glances from the public.
And your well groomed appearance sprinkles happy dust all over those around you.
Don’t believe me?
What are your first impressions when you meet someone? Does their appearance matter if you know nothing else about them?
If you answer that you treat everyone the same, you’re in a minority of 1% of the population.
The truth is, before you even open your mouth, a person had made as assessment of you from the top of your head to the tips of your shoes. All within 13 seconds or so of meeting you.
And you’re then treated accordingly.
Until they get to know you better.
As far as I’m concerned, well pressed and well dressed is my only option.
I can’t bear to think of the alternatives!
~Carol Jones, Ironing Diva❤
PS. Ironing really is the gateway to fabulous looking clothes! Compliments! And admiring glances!
PPS. I am not only an Ironing Diva. But as one friend says, I am ‘The Queen’ when it comes to ironing.
I Am The Purveyor Of The Tantrum Free Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover And Other Goodies
Made with love and care in RURAL Australia by men and women who have a disability.
It’s not for everyone.
But it’s definitely for you if you’re fussy about the cover you iron on.
And if you love to support Australian made.
And want to put something back into the community when you make a purchase.
The Fitz Like A Glove™ Ironing Board Cover cover has more than 350,000 customers in 29 countries. Because it lives up to its name. It ‘Fitz Like A Glove™’ every time you iron.
And these are the ‘Other Goodies’
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Photos of my rural property are courtesy of me, Ironing Diva – who is also known as Paddock Paparazzi – and taken at sunrise every morning.
A Magpie In Its Perfectly Tailored Feather Suit
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A Beautiful Crimson Rosella