How Do I Know If I’m Fashionably Late or Just Late?

Rue's resident etiquette expert weighs in on your most pressing questions

The most important thing to keep in mind: There is no blanket rule. No one wants to be that so-early-it’s-super-uncomfortable guest at an open-house party (à la Michael Scott on The Office). But what friends with restaurant reservations would like to be left waiting at the dinner table?

Here’s a quick guide to some key arrival etiquette.

 

Dear Rue: Fashionably Late

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October 17, 2013