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Gedi FlkloreWhy do people insist on dressing in costume (51* d) RE: Folklore: Why do peopleinsist ondressing incostume 02 Mar 10

Interesting thread. I tend to agree with you #1 about being in costume being detrimental to the folk scene in general. However there are certain practical considerations which come into play. For example when I play my melodeon my wristwatch is uncomfortable and may scratch the box, so I remove it and leave it on the table where of course it may be forgotten or even (heaven forbid) stolen.

So, in order to get around this I have recently bought a pocket watch. And what better place to keep a pocket watch than to wear a waistcoat with a pocket specifically designed for the purpose.

Am I then to be seen as being 'in period dress', or even 'fancy dress', for the wearing of a practical piece of clothing for the task in hand? Am I to avoid wearing said waistcoat for fear of upsetting the Muggles (ie non-folkies - those who don't deal in musical magic! with apologies to JKR), or even putting someone off folk by wearing a non-comformist item of clothing? Or should I just say sod everyone else and dress how I feel comfortable? I must confess I've never been a fashion victim and have always pleased myself when it comes to sartorial elegance (or otherwise). Is it time be more responsive to the feelings of others perhaps?

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