WHY DID NO ONE TEACH ME BASIC SOCIAL RULES.
I’ll start at the beginning.
Today is Thursday. One of my best friends (let’s call her… Shelley) is having her engagement party on Saturday, and yes, I’ve known about it for months, and no, I hadn’t thought about what to wear until today.
So I did some online shopping, found a white dress I liked, and ordered it.
Problem solved, right?
Narrator: The problem was not solved. It was only just beginning.
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I casually described to a friend the dress I’d ordered, and watched as her face screwed up into a look of utter disgust.
‘What?’ I asked, wondering whether I’d only put eyebrow pencil on one eyebrow (again) and was therefore confusing her with my… face.
‘You ordered a white dress to wear to Shelley’s engagement party?’ she asked, in a way that implied that a) she knew that’s what I’d done, because I’d just told her, and b) she was judging me for it.
‘Yes,’ I responded, racking my brain for what life rule I’d completely missed this time.
She explained that to start with, you never, ever wear white to an engagement party, and second, the bride is wearing white on Saturday so can I just… not.
I did not know these were the rules. So, obviously, I did what any self-respecting adult would do in this situation.