I was raised, like any proper Southern girl, on Amy Vanderbilt's Complete Guide to Etiquette. Back in its earlier editions, Amy was less concerned with subjects like achieving "family harmony" and instead provided useful information on living the grand life (and when and where to employ those white gloves). I especially loved the section on how to visit the White House, including dress, behavior, and how to appropriately respond to that coveted cream and gold invitation. Miss Amy, naturally, assumed there would BE an invitation, and in that respect failed to anticipate the modern style of "crashing," or, indeed, anything else remotely associated with the TV show the Real Housewives of D.C.

The Real Housewives of D.C. in the Square Office.

Today over at Human Events, I'm writing about the phenomenon of the D.C. Housewives, and how far they are from the "real" D.C. I think Amy would approve.
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Images, invitation via Custodians of History, Housewives via Bravo network.


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