Susan Li, host of CNBC's "Squawk Box," was reportedly asked to change her clothes as she showed up to an English country house to film a travel segment because her outfit was deemed inappropriate.
Li, an American reporter, showed up at North Cadbury Court in Somerset to film a piece about the historic home and how it maintains its "Downton Abbey"-style standards for holidays and celebrations. Upon arriving, however, owner Archie Montgomery asked Li to change out of the fitted white dress and heels that she was wearing in order to fit in better with the environment.
"Susan arrived, looking gorgeous, wearing a white jersey dress and heels that were more appropriate to the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea," Montgomery explained. "She was beautifully made up. We rather thought this may be the case. I said, 'Really, we need to dress you a bit more appropriately.' We got a selection of clothes laid out. The amazing thing was that we managed to have everything fit her, down to the smart Wellington boots."
Li changed clothes as requested, and the transformation was dramatic, as the American reporter was put into a tweed outfit that better fit the environment at North Cadbury Court.
"She was very relaxed," Montgomery noted. "She looked terrific in the tweed, so I think she was very happy."
Following her makeover, Li participated in a number of activities that are common at the estate, including golf and clay pigeon shooting.
"She hit a clay with her second shot, which we all thought was rather stunning. High fives all round," Montgomery explained. "She was very game-on. She was up for anything."
Following Li's fashion faux pas, Montgomery hopes to share some tips with future visitors on what the proper attire is at a place like North Cadbury Court.
"In a British country house I would think mostly wear something warm, as some country houses aren’t as warm as ours," Montgomery said. "I think the whole Downton-esque dressing for the occasion will appeal to the Americans. Particularly if you’re engaging in field sports, I think it is not only sensible because the clothing is generally geared for the weather, but I think it is all part of the charm and the respect for the occasion to dress appropriately. And if it is a matter of wearing one’s estate tweed, I think that is all part of the occasion - in much the same way people dress up in black tie to go out to dinner."