“Beautiful people are sometimes more prone to keep you waiting than plain people are because there’s a big time differential between the beautiful and the plain” Andy Warhol
Even with the best will in the world sometimes you just won’t make it (so true, I am a professional later). It is a myth that timekeeping in unstylish. But while being fashionably late is one thing, being supremely delayed is tardy, chaotic, ill mannered and downright rude.
Only fashion shows and marriage proposals can be truly delayed, and even they must have a cut-off point. For fashion shows it’s three or four hours max for a new designer, and that’s only if it’s a really, really, really hot ticket. Marriage proposals, if it’s 9 months and there’s no action it’s time to leave.
To each delay an apropriate apology, here is a guide to help you out:
0-20 minutes: No excuses necessary. You have arrived, what is the problem?
20-45 minutes: Disarm irritated faces with compliments and follow with a casual apology, blaming external factors (off course it was never your fault). Your opening speech could run along the following lines “Oh how lovely to see you all again. you look so well. Nightmare getting a cab/traffic/parking…isn’t it?” (delete as appropriate)
45 minutes-1 hour: Vaguely suggest a day of exciting trauma, but be careful not to elaborate, settle in quickly and become absorbed in the current conversation. “What a day! you just couldn’t imagine. Oh well at least I’m here, so what have I missed? anyone else have trouble getting a chauffeur to drive them here ce soir?”…..etc
1hour plus: This requires the showstopper entrance, but it is no bad thing as it will remind everyone that you are a special creature and can’t be expected to keep standard timekeeping. As Marilyn Monroe once said “I have often been on calendars but I have never been on time.”
For inspiring entrances, or ways to get ready, do your homework. Watch Grease for Sandy’s jaw-dropping transformation.
From: How to Walk in High Heels