Like a master class in Bourdieu’s Distinction
Gilbert, who noted the contrast with the true Washington style, in which evening clothes were as dowdy as the equivalent daytime dress, either because the important people weren’t rich or were politically motivated to look frazzled, was sorry his own clothes were perfect and new. He knew that for people of position in Washington, evening clothes were working clothes, and therefore, both the men’s and the women’s tended to be sensible, unmemorable, and slightly worn.
Judith Martin. Gilbert
And so for day 1926