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Old 08-21-2013, 06:12 AM
 
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There has been some great videos on the news of the people at the March on Washington in 1963.

The main thing that hit me was how well dressed everyone was in the videos and pictures. Most of the men, black and white, were wearing Suits and Ties even though it was a 90 degree August Day. While on a practical level wearing a warm suit on a 90 degree day is not very logical, the fact that most people at the demonstration were so well dressed gave them a certain credibility.

I think the tacky clothes people wear in public today at marches and demonstrations limit their credibility.

Does anyone else wish people would dress up to go out in public and present themselves to society?
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Old 08-21-2013, 06:30 AM
 
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Yes. And nobody has ever accused me of being a mossback.

The thing is that there were summer suits and winter suits. The fabric really makes a difference. That being said, I'm absolutely sure that there was a desire among the protesters to exhibit a sense respectability in order to undercut the label of 'agitators' by segregationists.

Which leads to the next point. How one dresses tells people what to think about you. I'm by no means a fop. But I believe in jacket and tie, particularly in my professional life. In an age where people willingly dress like total slobs, it automatically sets one apart, giving one an air of authority in a world of polo shirts. The only time I don't dress that way is when I'm touring a client's factory. Wouldn't do to have my tie sucked into running machinery. So those who marched on Washington donned suits in order to show their desire to not overturn society, but rather be conscientious participants in its reordering.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:13 AM
 
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A lot of people dress like slobs. One of my pet peeves is college students who go to class in their pajamas.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:18 AM
 
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A lot of people dress like slobs. One of my pet peeves is college students who go to class in their pajamas.
If I were a professor, I'd have a serious discussion with my students on Day One about decorum, which includes how one dresses for class.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:26 AM
 
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If I were a professor, I'd have a serious discussion with my students on Day One about decorum, which includes how one dresses for class.
And how to dress for class would be?
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:27 AM
 
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Wearing clothes not appropriate for the weather is ridiculous, just as wearing clothes not appropriate in a factory setting.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:30 AM
 
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Sort of related, but here in California I see a lot of laborers working in the sun, picking crops, construction, drying cars - on 80F+ degree days. I'm amazed that most of these guys wear one or two layers of long sleeved clothing to protect themselves from the sun - even in that heat. When I look at that, it seems I would pass out if I dressed that way.
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Old 08-21-2013, 08:33 AM
 
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Men use to go to baseball games in suits.

My father and his brother and brothers-in-law would never be seen without a suit on if they were going out to an event...or even going out for a sunday drive with the family.

I even remember run of the mill local restaurants requiring every man to be wearing a suit jacket. If you didnt have it...they found some mis-matched jacket for you to wear.
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:06 AM
 
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And how to dress for class would be?
Not as if one has just rolled out of bed. Seriously, if you don't respect your own appearance, how do you expect anyone else to respect you?
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Old 08-21-2013, 09:09 AM
 
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Not as if one has just rolled out of bed. Seriously, if you don't respect your own appearance, how do you expect anyone else to respect you?
Maybe they *did* just roll out of bed.
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