A street smart dating guide

I say all this as someone who has a deep love for books, and who has some degree of what might be called book smarts.But it’s that knowledge, used in service of street smarts, that best explains whatever I’ve achieved in life.In a well-meaning attempt to clarify that ironically complicates matters further, draws a distinction between “formal smart casual” and “informal smart casual”.Formal smart casual is “a jacket or blazer, flannels, needlecord trousers, or chinos (not jeans), a shirt with a collar (not a T-shirt) and smart shoes (not necessarily lace-ups, but not trainers or sandals)”.But these days it’s quite common for smart casual to the dress code.So you go online to search for smart casual style guides that variously counsel everything from shorts, which don’t strike us as especially smart, to Ascot ties, which don’t come over as particularly casual.In a series of posts, called readers choice, I write on whatever topics readers submit.

“The term also suggests a kind of panic among ‘authorities’ – restaurant managers, event organisers – as to how to handle the shift, so they’ve gone for some halfway house: dress casually but, you know, not too casually, please. Smart casual means nothing, so it can mean anything.

And as the latter indicates, many of these guides feel like they were set in stone shortly after the ten commandments.

Whatever smart casual means, it’s likely to be something different today than it was in the starch-collared 19th century.“Smart casual is destined to be one of those terms that history will not be kind to,” says Josh Sims, author of .

The Thin Red Line, Aliens 2) who outranks the much more competent and experienced, but less well pedigreed sergeant, the book smart confuse pretense with reality, and only learn of the difference when it is too late.

Or worse, even after the fact, they insist on seeking out more books and degrees rather than recognizing they are trying to improve the wrong skills: they are half blind by their own choice since they insist on looking at the world with only one eye.

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