Social Etiquette and Good Manners/wearing coats indoors


My wife and I arrived at the home of some close friends for a nice dinner and socializing.  It was not cold in their house but my wife did not bother to remove her outdoor coat the entire evening, not even for dinner. I found this a little less than respectful.  Is this correct or does it not matter?

Bill, thank you for your question.  If indeed the coat was a winter outdoor coat, your wife should have removed it.  Should she have been cold or needed the coat to cover a split seam, she would have explained to the host/hostess and I am sure since they were close friends a sweater or scarf would have been provide.

By not removing the coat, her actions could appear that she was not relaxed nor planned on staying.

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Constance Hoffman


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