Katie Couric's Notebook: Dressing Down

Hi, everyone.

Do you remember dressing up? Buying a nice dress or new suit for a special event?

Are those days gone?

I can remember that even when my grandmother would get on a plane, she was dressed to the nines. But you rarely see people really dressed up anymore. Visit a restaurant, the theater, or even church, and you would swear that every day was Casual Friday. Jeans, flip-flops and sweats have replaced a coat and tie. Baseball caps are ubiquitous.

Maybe we're missing something these days -- a sense of "occasion," the idea that some things are WORTH getting dressed up for.

I mean, it's good that we're all feeling more comfortable.

But how we dress says something about how we see ourselves -- and how we want OTHERS to see us.

I tell my daughters not to judge a book by its cover.

But all the same: no one wants to look shabby, dog-eared...and ready for the remainder bin.

That's a page from my notebook.