Folks just don’t dress up enough any more. Sure, movie stars look dazzling on the red carpet, philanthropists attend New York balls in style, and the fabulously wealthy wear high fashion because they can. But the rest of us – those who go to work and cook meals and hang out with our children – we rarely have occasion to dress to the nines.
That’s why it’s so much fun to visit New Orleans.
The citizens of New Orleans love any excuse to dress up and to dress zany. Call it what you will: inexhaustible joie de vivre, exhibitionism, or a gimmick. The fact remains that it’s fun.
Two upcoming occasions in New Orleans demonstrate this fashion fun perfectly: Whitney White Linen Night, and Red Dress Run. Spend a couple of weeks at a New Orleans Bed and Breakfast and attend both.
Whitney White Linen Night takes place from 6 to 9 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, 2011. It’s a block party and an art stroll, it’s free, and it’s fabulously fun. Dress in your finest White Linen and head to Julia Street in the Warehouse Arts District. Duck in and out of art galleries as you walk down the street with hundreds of other folks stylishly clad in white linen. All are welcome to end the evening at grand gala held at the Contemporary Arts Center ($10 admission). You may prefer to find a more intimate spot to dine or enjoy a drink.
The Red Dress Run on August 13, 2011, is an entirely different sort of event -sweaty, but still glamorous. It’s a fund raiser and a fun run sponsored by the Hash House Harriers, known around town as “a drinking club with a running problem.” All runners must wear a red dress – bring your own or borrow one from the Hash House Harriers. Anyone 21 or older may participate, and all participants will be awarded “Beer, Food, Music, Giveaways, and stories to tell your kids.” Additional information is available at Red Dress.