I was recently invited to a dress up party and went through the same cycle of emotions I usually go through, mild interest to giving up thinking about it - its a very short cycle. As someone who has slowly devolved my clothing style to minimise any thought being required asking me to specifically dress up for an event is ambitious.
For me all situations not involving tracksuit pants are a dress up party, they should just be happy I’m wearing shoes. If I happen to have different coloured tracksuit pants that suit the dress up party then maybe I put those on but I’m still tempted not to out of principle. Who are these people to request me to put effort into come to the party? I am in public socialising with people, thats already more effort than I would like. They should just have a miserable person dress up party, although I might commit to my characters costume and just stay home.
I’ve mellowed with these thoughts over the years though, the key is just to picture it differently in your head. I try to imagine dress up parties as a brief moment of distraction from the unending misery that is the majority of human existence, makes them downright necessary!
They also make a party more relaxed because everyone looks stupid together, plus if a conversation dries up at any point you can gesture at some element of the other persons costume and grunt out something in relation to what they’re wearing thus delaying that awkward moment where you run out of conversation by several sentences which gives more time for an external distraction to come along and save you. Now thats something we can all get behind.
The problem - if you decide to become someone who is pro-costume - is you have to actually find a costume - a huge issue I didn’t first consider when switching my stance. The good news is I built up in my head how much effort is required to get a costume so was pleasantly surprised to find out it only takes about an hour of conscious effort. By picturing it being way worse than it really was it made the whole experience not so bad, basically the opposite of sex. And an hour looking for a costume, compared to the amount of time I spend reading lists of movies that I’ll never watch, isn’t asking much.
When you think about it, all parties are already dress up parties. We are all constantly dressing up and assuming the characters we’ve played our whole lives, our nature and our nurture combining into a character who repeats thoughts and phrases carefully cultivated over years to create a public persona palatable to the people we interact with.