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Back when "Flying Was Fun" Alexandra Smythe and Cate Clarke were Flight Attendants with a Major International Carrier. Prior to Private Jets coming into vogue, Alexandra and Cate traveled in the First Class World, meeting and greeting the top celebrities, politicians who would become Presidents, nouveau riche, and yes the occasional Headline Grabbing Criminal in Handcuffs!

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FLIP FLOPS They Should Know Their Place!

Category: Stay Out of Etiquette Hell!  |  Permalink

Published: Saturday, July 7, 2012




It has come to the attention of the School of Flaunt that some individuals are wearing flip flops to the office, to job interviews, to weddings and even funerals! My Lord people what are you thinking?

Flip flops have their place and it is to none of the above places or occasions. We will make an exception for Beach destination weddings or pool parties.

Now let's think about this. What does your boss like about you shuffling up and down the hallway, clippity-clop, clippity- clop just like a horse? We can tell you they don't like it! You are not cool or fashionable! The only person who thinks that is also saying, Sick! Get the picture of a 16 year old here!

What does a VP think of you during a job interview when you appear in flip flops? Probably this person is a Stupid Idiot! Harsh but true. Why would you not want to put your best foot forward and try to make a professional looking appearance vs. I'm going to the pool Dude after I get out of here! Dude another SOF NO-NO! We don't want to hear that word come out of your mouth either but then we digress!

And then there is the bride who wears flip flops down the aisle. You've got to be kidding us! And if you are invited to a wedding and think that it is chic to wear flip flops, well, stay at home sweetie because you are embarrassing yourself!

Funerals? Give us Valium now if we see you in flip flops at a funeral! How rude to not have enough decency to approach the grieving widow or widower without shuffling along in your flip flops!! Ick we can see you now and it is not a good thought!

So when are flip flops acceptable? Grocery store, Costco, shower at the exercise club, around your pool and going to the local Taco/Sub shop. Yes a limited list! Don't argue with us you know we are always right.

As we said, we will make an acceptation if you are having a pool party. Here is what we would like to suggest: H. Stern jeweler sold a pair of flip flops in 2004 for $17,000. Yes you are reading right! They were covered in gold feathers and accented with diamonds. We understand that only one pair was made, how depressing for all of us. They are probably a collector's item now or thrown into the back of someone's closet.

So maybe this is not an option but Ferragamo now has some cute rubber flip flops that you can get at Neiman's or Saks. At the very least try to get some with a little bling like Crystalishious.

Don't think we have forgotten you men, a pair of crocodile flip flops will look great at a pool side party! NEVAH, at work unless you are building pools for a living! Capish!! Lastly, please everyone make sure that you have had a pedicure and your heels buffed! Nothing worse than flip flops and ugly feet to boot!

Our thoughts, "flip flops should know their place!" Enough said.

We would like to thank Vicki Mintz Barrier, a School of Flaunt Devotee, for suggesting that we comment on this latest poor taste that seems to be rearing its ugly little head.

Alexandra Smythe

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