Dress Code


It can be rather awkward if you appear at an event wearing casual clothes while everyone is wearing formal attire and vice versa. Nonetheless, playwright and actor Noël Coward didn’t falter when a similar event happened to him. In 1918, Coward was invited to a gathering organized by Tomorrow Club, which was composed of literary bigwigs at the time.

Coward went to the meeting without knowing the dress code. He arrived there looking like he was going to a job interview, only to find that everybody was wearing casual clothes. Everyone’s attention was on him as he walked inside the venue. He then paused for a moment in the doorway and said, “Now, I don’t want anybody to feel embarrassed.”


Cole Lesley, The Life of Noël Coward, 1976


About Edmark M. Law

My name Edmark M. Law. I work as a freelance writer, mainly writing about science and mathematics. I am an ardent hobbyist. I like to read, solve puzzles, play chess, make origami and play basketball. In addition, I dabble in magic, particularly card magic and other sleight-of-hand type magic. I live in Hong Kong. I blog at learnfunfacts.com. You can find me on Twitter @EdmarkLaw and Facebook. My email is edmarklaw@learnfunfacts.com
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16 Responses to Dress Code

  1. Viola Bleu says:

    Imagine having the quick wit to think of that!!!


  2. Ayesha says:

    Superb.. 🙂


  3. lindasschaub says:

    His quick wit saved the day.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. Noel Coward, the only man to know how to make the best of whatever he said.

    Liked by 1 person

  5. anne leueen says:

    That is SO Noel Coward.

    Liked by 1 person

  6. Ha! Love it. Thank you for your interest in my blog and i look forward to following yours.

    Liked by 1 person

  7. delphini510 says:

    It takes humour and wit to pull this off. Well done Noel Coward, the comment broke the ice
    and there was no awkwardness.

    Liked by 1 person

  8. shoreacres says:

    Anyone with the confidence to wear that tie with that jacket can handle any situation.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. Brandy says:

    What confidence! May we all inspire to feel the same:)

    Liked by 2 people

  10. Abigail says:

    I’d rather be the one very well-dressed attendee to an informal party than be the one casually-dressed attendee to a formal one.

    Liked by 3 people

    • There was this party I attended before. No dress code was required but everyone was wearing formal clothing except for that one guy who’s wearing a t-shirt and jeans. He was so embarrassed and quickly leaved…

      Liked by 1 person

  11. ESP says:

    cool dude!

    Liked by 3 people

  12. Brilliant! Thanks for sharing 😊

    Liked by 3 people

  13. Wonderful! Is it just me or does Noel look like he’s taking a selfie? 😉

    Liked by 4 people

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