Even with the best will in the world sometimes you just wont make it. If you ask me, its a myth that timekeeping is unstylish. But while being fashionable late is one thing, being supremely delayed is tardy, chaotic and ill mannered. In my books? Only fashion shows and marriage proposals can be truly delayed and even they must have a cut off point. For fashion shows its 3-4 hours, for marriage proposals, if its nine months and theres no action, its time to move on. This is my guide to help gauge the appropriate level of apology:
0-20 mins no excuse necessary. You have arrived so whats the problem?
20-45 mins disarm irritated faces with compliments followed by casual apologies blaming external factors. Opening gambit usually runs along the following lines: “oh how lovely to see you all again. You look so well. Nightmare getting a taxi/ traffic/ parking isn’t it?
45mins-1hr vaguely suggest a day of exciting trauma being careful not to elaborate, settle in quickly and become absorbed in the current conversation.
1 hour plus. This requires a show stopping entrance but its no bad thing as it will remind everyone that you are a special creature and can’t be expected to keep to standard timings.