The holiday season is a busy time for most—a time of meetings, parties, soirees, and engagements of every variety. As December brings with it talk of food, drinks, attire, and guest lists, take a moment to read this 1982 letter from our archive, in which Pulitzer Prize winner and former Chancellor Donald Justice wrestles with the prospect of fashion at an upcoming event. “I am partly put off by a recollection, perhaps wrong, that dress is to be formal. If it is, please send me a note or card saying so, and spelling out what kind of ‘formal,’ for I have not dressed up that way since college dances,” he writes. 

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