Decorum at it's highest level was on full display this week. Once again the world got to see pomp, poise and protocol as we watched and listened to the Impeachment Hearings. I have to admit, I am attracted to it all. From the stoic faces, to the perfectly timed quick wit, to the wardrobe choices of those in front of the camera.
Do they coordinate their own wardrobe choices? Do they ask others if this or that looks okay? Or, are they so confident and polished they know what to wear and what not to wear on camera?
I was more than impressed with the intelligence and the poise of both men. Mr. Kent's recollection of dates and processes blew me away. Heck, I can't remember my address some days. Staying composed and sharp as a tack for 5 hours, for all the world to judge, is inconceivable. Professionalism at it's finest!
Here comes the "but". Why did Mr. Kent select a glen plaid suit for the Impeachment Hearings? Mr. Kent is obviously a sharp dresser. I have seen him on other occasions leading up to the hearings. Bow tie, pocket handkerchief. Very dapper.
But.... I am going to impeach the glen plaid suit! Glen plaid is not made for TV! It tends to "jangle" the eyes of the viewers. How many of you had to shake your head or re-adjust your vision when watching Mr. Kent? I did several times. It wasn't your TV. Your eyes are not playing tricks on you. You were being buzzed by the plaid.
Glen plaid does not translate well on camera. Ronald Reagan had the same problem when he chose to go on camera in a blue-grey glen plaid. He loved it. The producers and cameramen hated it!
Fashion Forward Tip 101 - Small checks (A), herringbone (B), and glen plaids (C) are not the best choices for a photo shoot or for television. Exhibits A, B, and C are illustrated below.
Terry Brooks-Allen BS is one of central Indiana's top ten leading Etiquette Specialists and Image Consultants, coaching and training seasoned and budding professionals in appropriate attire and dining etiquette for more than 20 years
Terry Brooks-Allen is one of central Indiana's top ten leading Etiquette Specialists and Image Consultants, coaching and training
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