How (& When) To Be Fashionably Late

by Stephanie Maida · October 13, 2016

Allow me to quote Oscar Wilde here before I explain myself: “I am always late on principle, my principle being that punctuality is the thief of time.” And perhaps Evelyn Waugh: “Punctuality is the virtue of the bored.” No, I am not a constant burden to my friends and an always rusher-out-the-door just because a couple of my favorite writers said so; I only have these words on hand to make myself feel better about being perpetually tardy to just about anything I sign up for. It's not so much that I want to arrive with wet hair and a vague adrenaline rush, it's just that I've been late to everything probably since my very first playdate and by now I've just accepted it as part of my character. Most times it's rude, but sometimes it's strategic. Being "fashionably" late can occasionally work in your favor, but you need to know when it's appropriate.

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