Thursday, November 15, 2007



Style is an expression of individualism mixed with charisma. Fashion is something that comes after style.” John Fairchild

{since I NOW know how to post pictures on my BLOG - I am adding this one on Oct 22, 2008 - and I just may be adding more to older posts - BUT I will let YOU decide - if you think my shirt is "NOT DISTRICT GOVERNOR MATERIAL" pun intended!! - I am the fifth one from the left or the forth one from the right}

YIKES!! If I had only remembered my own July 3, 2007 Post on the Public Speaking Igroops

"Try not to wear anything too revealing and it is best to wear a camisole under a shirt - especially if you are wearing a white or light colored blouse".

On November 10, 2007 at my Toastmasters District 31 Fall Conference I committed a "FASHION DON'T"!! a "FASHION FAUX PAUX"!! a "WARDROBE MALFUNCTION"!!
I wore a light pink top without a camisole and it kept slipping!!! YIKES!!Ladies - don't do what I did - although the top looked great when I left the house - (standing still in front of a mirror) I didn’t factor in the moving around in the top and having the top move around with me - but not in the right directions!!

I hope I am excused for making this TOP MISTAKE…Fashion Faux Paux…Wardrobe Malfunction! It is certainly not the impression I wanted to give - especially as a District Leader! Past District 31 Governor and good friend Ruth Levitsky (also know as "THE GODDESS") cheered me up by saying it is something the District can roast me on! Thanks Goddess!

Why do I share this with YOU?

Because as an Emerging Speaker I am going to make many mistakes before I get it right! I want to share my real experiences; my Faux Paux’s, My Fashion Don’ts…My Wardrobe Malfunctions with YOU so that you can learn from me.

Have you ever committed a Fashion Faux Paux, Fashion Don’t, Wardrobe Malfunction?
Share your FAUX PAUX with me post a note!



A faux pas (pronounced /ˌfoʊˈpɑː/, plural: faux pas / is a violation of accepted, although unwritten, social rules. Faux pas vary widely from culture to culture and what is considered good manners in one culture can be considered a faux pas in another. For example, in English-speaking Western countries, it is sometimes considered a thoughtful gesture to bring a bottle of wine when going to someone's house for dinner. In France, however, if the dinner is a bit formal, this is considered insulting as it suggests the hosts are unable to provide their own good wine. To bring wine to the home of teetotalers might suggest ignorance, obstinance, or ill intent.


The term comes from French and literally means "false step". However, it is a formal rather than everyday expression in French and does not generally have the figurative meaning used in English[dubiousdiscuss]. It is occasionally employed to describe a physical loss of balance or general mistakes (for instance: mes faux pas dans la vie, the mistakes I made in my life)[dubiousdiscuss]. If one uses faux pas with the English meaning in France, people might think it was a slight grammatical mistake with faut pas, the colloquial pronunciation of il ne faut pas, meaning must not in English[dubiousdiscuss]. For faux pas with the English meaning, the French would usually say gaffe or erreur.[dubiousdiscuss]

Sherri Raftery
D31 Lt. Governor of Marketing

1 comment:

Abel Goddard said...

So, if you linked to "faux pas", what made you use "faux paux" in your title? :-P