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Old 06-29-2008, 11:54 AM
 
Location: Seattle - Central District
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In order not to hijack another post with my theories on Seattle fashion, I thought I'd start my own thread here.

Think back to the way people dressed in the 20's and 30's Pressed suits, derby hats, suspenders, shined shoes. Even poor people dressed with a sense of pride. Even in the 50's if someone dared wear sweatpants in public they had darned well better be jogging! I think the Boomers ruined it for style. Allen Ginsberg said something like (and I'm paraphrasing) "the sixties was the decade that America took off it's clothes". William S. Burroughs responded something to the extent of that he was ready for America to put it's clothes back on! Obviously the word "clothes" is alluding to more than just actual clothing, but I think the idea is still germane.

Think of the way people dress now. What comes to my mind is an over-abundance of corporate labels, track pants, flip-flops, overpriced outdoor gear, socks with sandals etc. My theory is the United States is turning into a nation on slobs. And though this "dressing down" is part of a general overall trend in the United States and Seattle is by no means the only culprit, it is a certainly a big one.

No place besides Seattle or Portland that I know of do you see men with ponytails wearing socks and sandals in fancy restaurants. Women dressing like mountain climbers to go to their day jobs, yuck! It's like every day is casual Friday in this city! Apparently I'm not the only one that feels this way about Seattle fashion:

seattlemanmid_2.jpg (image)

Now I know we can't all go back to wearing pressed suits and fedoras but jeez people dress with some class every now and then!
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:11 PM
 
Location: WA
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Move to D.C. There's a lot of people in suits there.

I'm moving to the West coast because I think high heels, pencil skirts and panty hose are modern day torture devices. You can't do anything fun in high heels.
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:19 PM
 
Location: Seattle - Central District
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You are right, those devices are like the post-modern equivalent of Chinese foot-binding.

Call me a sexist pig, but I think knowing that a woman is suffering to look good makes her all the more sexy!

Good thing this forum is anonymous otherwise I'd probably get Lynched by all the angry feminists in Seattle!
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:20 PM
 
Location: Seattle Area
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Originally Posted by Destructoman! View Post
In order not to hijack another post with my theories on Seattle fashion, I thought I'd start my own thread here.

Think back to the way people dressed in the 20's and 30's Pressed suits, derby hats, suspenders, shined shoes. Even poor people dressed with a sense of pride. Even in the 50's if someone dared wear sweatpants in public they had darned well better be jogging! I think the Boomers ruined it for style. Allen Ginsberg said something like (and I'm paraphrasing) "the sixties was the decade that America took off it's clothes". William S. Burroughs responded something to the extent of that he was ready for America to put it's clothes back on! Obviously the word "clothes" is alluding to more than just actual clothing, but I think the idea is still germane.

Think of the way people dress now. What comes to my mind is an over-abundance of corporate labels, track pants, flip-flops, overpriced outdoor gear, socks with sandals etc. My theory is the United States is turning into a nation on slobs. And though this "dressing down" is part of a general overall trend in the United States and Seattle is by no means the only culprit, it is a certainly a big one.

No place besides Seattle or Portland that I know of do you see men with ponytails wearing socks and sandals in fancy restaurants. Women dressing like mountain climbers to go to their day jobs, yuck! It's like every day is casual Friday in this city! Apparently I'm not the only one that feels this way about Seattle fashion:

seattlemanmid_2.jpg (image)

Now I know we can't all go back to wearing pressed suits and fedoras but jeez people dress with some class every now and then!
I draw the line on socks and sandals at fancy restaurants too, however outside of fancy restaurants if I want to wear socks with sandals I'll wear socks with sandals, fashion police be damned!

Wearing socks with sandals is actually quite common in Europe, must be where we got it from...

Sandals|Home of Socks and Sandals
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:22 PM
 
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Move to D.C. There's a lot of people in suits there.

I'm moving to the West coast because I think high heels, pencil skirts and panty hose are modern day torture devices. You can't do anything fun in high heels.
Ohhh.....yes you can
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:33 PM
 
Location: Seattle - Central District
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Get your mind out of the gutter!

Naw... Keep it there, I like the way you think!
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Old 06-29-2008, 12:44 PM
 
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...But Seattle is one of the few places where someone wearing shorts and socks and sandals is worth several hundred million dollars.
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:00 PM
 
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I would kill myself if I had to wear a suit everyday...its just unnecessary expense and with gas prices going up and real wages stagnant really no need to find new ways to suck money out of my pockets. Call me a slob, but call me rich too...
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:17 PM
 
Location: Seattle - Central District
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Call me a slob, but call me rich too...
Let me guess, new money?
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Seattle-area, where the sun don't shine
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Of course Seattle's a big culprit. Why wear a suit if it's just going to get wet? I know someone's going to counter me with the New York Gets More Rain line that I'm so sick of, but we get the second most days out of any major city where there's measurable precipitation, so you have a really good chance of getting rained on.

I'm also one of those who would kill themself if they had to wear a suit every day. Gets waaaaaaay too hot indoors, especially in a place like here where heaters are far more common than air conditioners. Don't know how it would be if I moved somewhere else.
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