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Old 04-20-2010, 04:00 PM
 
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I figured this would be an interesting discussion for a Tuesday. When you stop and think about it, do you like the fact America is largley a casual nation in terms of dress. Do you wish we were somewhat more formal in some respects. Discuss
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: San Diego
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No. Our attire tends too slack off since we spend more time at work than just about any other country. The "I'm not wearing a f'n tie outside work" viewpoint is so strong since we have to do it so often and for so long. If our countries viewpoint changed about work which I feel is impossible, then we would dress more "proper" like we did back in the days. Back when dudes wore suits to get on a plane. Ladies dressing up to see a movie. Dressing decent to the doctors office.
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Old 04-20-2010, 04:24 PM
 
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I'll be an old fuddy-duddy and vote "no".

I think people have taken it too far. The classic "jeans and a t-shirt" as casual dress has been replaced by people wearing pajamas, slippers, work-out wear and under-garments in public.

While some will say that's "ok" I have noticed that people who take little pride in their appearance also seem to have litte respect for themselves and for others. A general lack of civility ensues. Sad really.
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Old 04-20-2010, 08:48 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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Yes.

I refuse to believe that my choice to wear comfortable clothes somehow leads to a 'lack of civility'.

I live in NY and used to live in DC and it is no surprise to me that the country is in such a legal and financial crisis given that the people in charge of these areas aren't smart enough to not wear a jacket when it is 90 degrees and 90% humidity.
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Old 04-20-2010, 11:27 PM
 
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I actually despise the way most of us dress these days. Yeah...I hate it.
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Old 04-21-2010, 04:10 AM
 
Location: Bradenton, Florida
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Yes. I see no reason to dress up when it doesn't change the person underneath.

All it leads to is snobbishness against those who actually could not AFFORD to dress up fancy.
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:41 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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"Casual" does not have to mean "sloppy". I like to dress casually, in just some jeans and fitted t-shirt. But living in the UK, I feel like there is a lot more social pressure to dress more trendy and feminine. I sometimes feel like I can't just be "me" in my jeans and tee.

On the other end of the spectrum, there is also a lot of people in the UK who are okay wearing PJs in public, which I'm not comfortable with. It's like there's no middle ground here and I'm just your average all-American girl next door in her jeans and fitted tee who doesn't fit in.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:27 AM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I actually despise the way most of us dress these days. Yeah...I hate it.
My utmost condolences that MY choice of clothing causes YOU such grief. NOT.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Beautiful Rhode Island
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quote: "My utmost condolences that MY choice of clothing causes YOU such grief. NOT."

I think many people have a high sense of aesthetics. These are people who respond positively to beautiful architecture, clothing, art, nature, etc. It makes one happy and joyful to be alive in a way that ugliness cannot.

On the other hand, there are people who don't care how their noise, their big cars, their dirty and uncared for buildings, and their general loudness, rudeness, callousness and uncaring attitudes affect the people around them. They live only for themselves and don't feel they are part of any evolved community.
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Old 04-21-2010, 07:15 AM
 
Location: Colorado (PA at heart)
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quote: "My utmost condolences that MY choice of clothing causes YOU such grief. NOT."

I think many people have a high sense of aesthetics. These are people who respond positively to beautiful architecture, clothing, art, nature, etc. It makes one happy and joyful to be alive in a way that ugliness cannot.

On the other hand, there are people who don't care how their noise, their big cars, their dirty and uncared for buildings, and their general loudness, rudeness, callousness and uncaring attitudes affect the people around them. They live only for themselves and don't feel they are part of any evolved community.
And then there are people who make wild assumptions about others based on their clothing.
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