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Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:11 pm

Being an American myself living in Europe, I noticed that in General Europeans dress much better than americans (even more so in France, Italy etc...). Generally speaking, We just are not that elegant when it comes to our way of dressing, Jeans and t-shirt seem to be the way to go back home (not to mention the sandals over Socks!!!).

feel free to add your thought as to Why do we lack elegance, which is quite shameful, seeing that we are the best in many other things.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:24 pm

Let's change around the topic and say why do Americans dress so poorly when travelling, not just in general.

I will agree, however, that Europeans do present a big idea of class and elegance when travelling, even if they are flying in the back of the plane, so to speak. Often times, I will see American's with cut down shrits, ripped jeans and sandals!

Just my $0.02 (CDN)

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:24 pm

Quoting Yazoo (Thread starter):
Generally speaking, We just are not that elegant when it comes to our way of dressing, Jeans and t-shirt seem to be the way to go back home (not to mention the sandals over Socks!!!).

Who are we trying to impress, and why does it really matter?

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:25 pm

Sounds to me like you've fallen into the Euro snobism that so many of in the States deplore. While I'll agree that cultural dress here in the US has taken a trend toward the casual, I believe it is a natural development of our freedom of choice. Socks and sandals would not be my choice but if some guy wants to look goofy so be it. Better socks than looking at nail fungus.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:36 pm

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Who are we trying to impress, and why does it really matter?

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You beat me to it! Who cares? I've never had a job interview on an aircraft. I've never been told I couldn't board because I'm wearing blue jeans, or shorts. As long as I've paid for my seat, I seriously doubt the airline would care in the least. Also, shouldn't this thread be on non-Av?
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:40 pm

The way people dress in the US is one of the reasons I love that country so much. You don't really have to be a snob to walk around, and everyone minds his own business, which unfortunately isn't so in Europe. Too bad.

But this thread would definitely be better off in non-Av.

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:42 pm

Quoting MD11Engineer (Reply 1):
Shouldn't this thread rather be in Non-Av?

I agree,

If you think Americans dress poorly, come and visit the big apple. Just because we don't wear red pants, or shoes with no socks don't matter. We give the world shows like "Queer eye for the straight guy".
 
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:44 pm

Quoting Yazoo (Thread starter):
not to mention the sandals over Socks

If you see that here it screams "German tourist!"
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:46 pm

Don't you poor old yanks go getting a complex - there are plenty of poorly dressed Europeans on this side of the pond!

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 3):
Who are we trying to impress, and why does it really matter?

Be careful you don't go getting that big head trapped in the doorway of the aircraft!!! Smile

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:48 pm

Yes non-av... but I tend to agree with the thread starter... but I think one of the biggest reasons is Hollywood and all this social promotion we have here in the states... you have these beautiful stars wearing skimpy clothes, at best... and then you have the average american girl that is 20 plus lbs overweight from eating too many twinkies but blames it one a thyroid problem.. decides to wear the same outfit... at the same time, we have their friends and family who feel sorry and say she is beautiful w/ her gut hanging. Even tho her friends are lying bastards.. so there you have it...

Europeans are much more honest about this. So that is why we think they are rude... I don't think so... Everyone should dress appropiately and accordingly.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Sun Apr 16, 2006 11:50 pm

If us Americans didn't have to work 40 + hour work weeks, we'd have more time to shop.
 
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:08 am

My personal opinion, as an Italian living in NYC, is that there's a wide-spread lack of style and class in the USA as a consequence of the so-defined concept of being/feeling more free, casual-looking, more comfortable.
But you me be/feel more comfortable with style and with a good taste where you can match colours (yesterday I saw a girl wearing an unwearable light green and solid pink ultra-mini skirt with high-heels and a logo bag: probably she was thinking to be highly fashionable while in Europe may be youy can find someone like her at the corner of a street doing ..., and a guy with a solid orange suit - I skip the xxxxxxxlarge t-shirts, baggy pants, etc. that you can only see here in the US), use an appropriate look according to the moment of the day/activity and move/walk/speak with style, without talking/shaking hands like being in the middle of a parade!!!
Although I totally agree that someone has to be free to do whatever he/she wants, there's a solid principle to consider: respect the other, respect your neighbour.
I do not stand fellow passengers on a plane who are not dressed in an appropriate way, do have body odor, remove shoes, etc.
Something is being free and something else is not considering/respecting your neighbour passenger.
I had a American fellow seating next to me in c-class on a JFK-CDG flight, wearing a cut t-shirt and shorts, who removed shoes and socks as soon as he settled down in his seat, who started enjoying playing with his feet!!!
I called the flight attendant and asked to be moved to another seat!
He may decide to dress/act in that way because he paid the ticket ... but I paid my ticket as well!!!
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:24 am

Quoting Andz (Reply 7):
If you see that here it screams "German tourist!"

Hey! the typical German tourist isn't wearing sandals over socks, nor is he blocking deckchairs with towels! No way!  liar 
 
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:28 am

Quoting Dba4U (Reply 12):
the typical German tourist isn't wearing sandals over socks

Oh they are here, go to Cape Town in December and you can tell who they are, I greet every one I see with Guten Morgen and they ALWAYS reply in German  Smile
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:33 am

Hey, when you're a nation full of fat lazy slobs who drive to the mailbox instead of walking you soon find out that you don't look that good in anything, so you might as well wear whatever happens to feel comfortable.  Big grin
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:34 am

I really don't like paying 100 dollars for a pair of matching designer jeans and shirt.
 
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 12:40 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
Who are we trying to impress, and why does it really matter?

Signed,
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Quoting N911YX (Reply 3):
Sounds to me like you've fallen into the Euro snobism that so many of in the States deplore.



Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 10):


If us Americans didn't have to work 40 + hour work weeks, we'd have more time to shop.



Quoting Andz (Reply 7):

If you see that here it screams "German tourist!"



Quoting Dba4U (Reply 12):

Hey! the typical German tourist isn't wearing sandals over socks, nor is he blocking deckchairs with towels! No way!

While I don't like to stereotype I have seen the deck chair and sock and sandals phenomena amongst German tourists in Camps Bay, Mombassa, Maldives, Phuket and Luxor amongst other places Big grin

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:10 am

Quoting Yazoo (Thread starter):
(not to mention the sandals over Socks!!!).

Whenver I've seen somewhere wearing that here in the U.S., they were more often than not speaking in German to their travelling mates or discussing Star Trek. Big grin

If I'm going to spend the next 2-12 hours inside a plane, possibly wedged between two people, my last concern in the world will be what I'm wearing but rather how comfortable I can get. Some of your stuffy Euro clothes can be extremely uncomfortable despite being very classy.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:30 am

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 15):
I really don't like paying 100 dollars for a pair of matching designer jeans and shirt.

You found designer jeans and a matching t-shirt for only $100? Sign me up.
 
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:33 am

I've never noticed that Americans in general dress badly. You'll find badly dressed people in every nation.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:34 am

I too, do not see the big deal. Just because I choose to wear shorts and a t-shirt around does not mean I do not care for myself, and does not mean I am lazy, or that I do not have ambition, etc. It just means that is what I am comfortable wearing. I see no reason to wear anything otherwise unless I have to. Same with traveling. Unless I am flying first class (which I have yet to do), I will wear whatever I want to, or dress for the weather at my destination.

My personal favorites, however, are the "Hollister" or Abercrombie and Fitch" characters who wear shirts that are "trendy" and say things like La Jolla, or Carlsbad or something (all places from my home town of San diego, CA) and yet they have no idea where or what those places are....they just think it sounds cool, or looks good.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:34 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
Who are we trying to impress, and why does it really matter?

Absolutely. When I go to court, it is shirt and tie time. When I meet with a client it's a blazer, denim shirt, and jeans.

For the rest of it. Who gives a rat's ass, particularly in Iowa? We do not stand on ceremony and style is nowhere near as important as substance and what you can do.

There was a person who dressed with style here one time a few years ago. He was shot.


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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 1:47 am

We will not apologize for our lack of taste until European men apologize to us for the visual assault of mini-brief swim bottoms.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:20 am

Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 23):
Just because I choose to wear shorts and a t-shirt around does not mean I do not care for myself, and does not mean I am lazy, or that I do not have ambition, etc. It just means that is what I am comfortable wearing.



Quoting FutureUALpilot (Reply 23):
Unless I am flying first class (which I have yet to do), I will wear whatever I want to, or dress for the weather at my destination.

Huh? Does first class have a dress code?

Quoting PositiveETCO2 (Reply 25):
We will not apologize for our lack of taste until European men apologize to us for the visual assault of mini-brief swim bottoms

100% agree!

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 2:32 am

Why do stores like Holister, AE and Abercrombie sell RIPPED/WORN clothing for expensive prices and people still buy it? I can go get a pair of $15 jeans and rip/wear them out myself.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:26 am

Americans love their athletic shoes (trainers). They wear them for everything everywhere. And, invarably, they wear ankle-high white cotton socks under them. They wear them with jeans, khakis, and shorts, even in semi-formal situations:



Ben Stein even wears these with a suit:



Europeans seem to love their boots and oxford-type shoes. They wear them with like Americans wear trainers. And, even with shorts, they seem to wear calf-high colored or patterned socks. A couple examples:





Of course, I'm generalizing about the Europeans, but there seems to be a pattern.

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:42 am

Quoting Boeingfanyyz (Reply 1):
I will agree, however, that Europeans do present a big idea of class and elegance when travelling, even if they are flying in the back of the plane, so to speak. Often times, I will see American's with cut down shrits, ripped jeans and sandals!

I suppose deregulation of the '70's changed dress attitude.

And then there were PSA's "Midnight Flyers". In a recent
airline magazine, it talk about the type of crowd and "dress
code." they had.These were mostly folks that couldn't afford
prime time fares.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 3:57 am

I think that you should dress according to the situation you are in. For example, if you are at someone's party and most people are nicely dressed in a casual way (like a shirt and nicer jeans), perhaps you shouldn't walk around in worn sweat pants and a worn t-shirt. When you are at home and there is nothing special going on, I don't care if you wear just your bath robe. I do that from time to time and I'm European (!).

I don't think that Americans dress more casually than Europeans because of more freedom. Actually, I've found that your every-day freedom is more limited in the US (or at least for a teenager in Iowa) than in Sweden.

Also, I don't think that all Europeans who dress nicely are trying to be snobs or that all Europeans who dress nicely look down on people who don't (although I'm sure that there are both Europeans and Americans who do).

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:01 am

They just dress different, casual. It's cool.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:12 am

Quoting ArmitageShanks (Reply 15):
I really don't like paying 100 dollars for a pair of matching designer jeans and shirt.

I don't even think its about spending big bucks to look good. In fact I think a lot of people with poor sense of style wear designer clothes, mismatch them and think it looks good, only because its designer.

I agree that Europeans tend to put more care into looking presentable when going out in public. While in Poland, I found that even the poorest of people made an effort to look their best.

I would say that it is generally true, however I've seen many Europeans (from a certain part of Europe) over here in North America that dress like freaks, but think they're sytlin'.

Overall, its a two way street.

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:14 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
Who are we trying to impress, and why does it really matter?

I'll even go one step farther. I walk around with my zipper undone 90% of the time. It's not a trend thing though, I usually just forget.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:29 am

Currently you have a hard time finding designer jeans that are not ripped - fashion trend! The more ripped, the more expensive.
There is certainly a fashion standard here among young kids, name brands count! And if you look like a doofus, so what? Your non elegant American youth might have spent a lot more money on his/her clothes than you. I am not saying this is right, just observing.
 
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:31 am

Quoting Yazoo (Thread starter):
(even more so in France, Italy etc...)

The Italian & French, more so the Italians, often look ridiculous in some of the designer clothes they wear. Some of the sunglasses they were all year round are absolutely awful - I wouldn't been seen dead in some of them!

I think its more of a statement rather than about how the clothes look and wanting to be fashionable - they want to prove they can afford the most expensive designer clothes.

To be fair though, not all designer clothes are like this - there are some nice ones!  Smile

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:46 am

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 26):
Huh? Does first class have a dress code?

FWIU yes, generally...either spoken or unspoken, ESPECIALLY for employees and their friends/family flying non-rev.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:56 am

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 36):
FWIU yes, generally...either spoken or unspoken, ESPECIALLY for employees and their friends/family flying non-rev.

I once flew first class on EK between MLE and DXB in bermuda shorts and a wife beater and the FAs didn't care. The tubby Arab guy behind me and an old German doctor and his trophy girlfriend didn't look too impressed but I really didn't care.

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Mon Apr 17, 2006 4:57 am

Quoting YOWza (Reply 37):
I once flew first class on EK between MLE and DXB in bermuda shorts and a wife beater and the FAs didn't care. The tubby Arab guy behind me and an old German doctor and his trophy girlfriend didn't look too impressed but I really didn't care.

Were you a paying customer though? I doubt it'd matter all that much if you were.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:03 am

Quoting ManuCH (Reply 26):
Huh? Does first class have a dress code?

Not that I am aware of, but if I am flying first, I would probably want to wear at least a collared shirt and khakis since it is a little nicer and something that I very rarely would be able to do.
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Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:03 am

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:29 am

Quoting Nordair (Reply 22):
I've never noticed that Americans in general dress badly. You'll find badly dressed people in every nation.

Well said.

Quoting PositiveETCO2 (Reply 25):
We will not apologize for our lack of taste until European men apologize to us for the visual assault of mini-brief swim bottoms.

Oh, those again... I haven't seen them yet (in real life), and I've been living in Europe for 25 of my 30 years...

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
Who are we trying to impress...

According to this thread, you're not...

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
...and why does it really matter?

It only matters when your countrymen bring up the banana hammock.

Quoting FutureSDPDcop (Reply 10):
If us Americans didn't have to work 40 + hour work weeks, we'd have more time to shop.

Ah, yes of course! Just look at the japanese!
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:44 am

Quoting TWISTEDWHISPER (Reply 41):
Ah, yes of course! Just look at the japanese!

Let's not get into this... being from Southern California, I can report that we get our share of Japanese tourists, and they're not always fashion plates.

I would say that, in general, the norms of dress are more casual here than in Europe, but now that I've seen more of Europe firsthand I would say the differences aren't as significant I had expected. That said, to put this as a case of "Americans dress badly," seems just a little over-the-top. How would the rest of you feel if we presented this topic as, "Why are Europeans so pretentious?"

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 5:51 am

Quoting Yazoo (Thread starter):
I noticed that in General Europeans dress much better than americans

Dear Fellow Selected Few Fashionable Americans!

I generally do agree that Europeans, are more often than not, much better in overall appearance than many of our fellow Americans whom I have personally met and encountered. Quite often we label such people as "Mall Trash" or "White Trash," or basically summed up into one word covering all ethnicities and sexes as the "(Fashionably) Poor." And since we have learned through years of attempted salvation and charity that the Poor will always be with us, there should be no rush to help them.

While someone like Aristotle might have written that it is our virtuous duty to help these people, I must say, why should *we* allow for change to happen.
We should instead, take this time to celebrate this minor difference between us and the Poor. Consider your tenure in being fashionable as belonging to one of the most beautiful and prestigious clubs in the world. If everyone was allowed in, think of how it would destroy all the cherished roots of brilliant color and design that we currently enjoy. It would no longer be exclusive and there *CAN* be way too many "kool kids" in one spot.

To ensure exclusivity, remember to always do the following -

1. Remind everyone your jewelry is from "Tiffany's"

2. Scoff your nose at everything disgustingly labeled with "Abercrombie," "Aeropostale," "American Eagle," and "Hollister."

3. Bump your shoe salesman at Nordstrom's direct line much much higher in your list of speed dials. He should be no higher than #20.

4. Alienate everyone who wears "sweats" at all costs.

5. Your light table reading collection in your home should only consist of the current's seasons copies of the home catalogs from Pottery Barn and Williams Sonoma.

6. Light beer should always be poured into a small glass.

7. Double park over the lines, loud and proud.

8. When the Poor are trying to make plans with you, always make sure you have your calendar handy and letting them how difficult it really is for you to make time for them. And name drop. Lots.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:04 am

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 36):
FWIU yes, generally...either spoken or unspoken, ESPECIALLY for employees and their friends/family flying non-rev.

I can't speak for non-revs as I don't have a job that would allow me to non-rev. But as a paying full-fare customer, I probably wouldn't dress-up for first class. I mean, I'm paying for it, therefore I'm supposed to dress the way I feel comfortable. And dressing "the business way" (collared shirt etc) is not something I'm comfortable with. I wouldn't want to spoil my first class experience only because I have dress in a way that might please others, but not myself.

OTOH, if I worked for a company that allowed me to non-rev first class but only when dressed "business like", I would, no questions asked

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:23 am

Quoting KFLLCFII (Reply 2):
Who are we trying to impress, and why does it really matter?

I guess it all boils down to personally feeling comfortable. Clothes should fit to your personality so to speak, although I do wish some people (not necessarily Americans) would show a little more sense of style - not to impress others but rather to appear more civilized and respectful than those who wear shorts in a church or who appear to be colour-blind.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:50 am

Quoting NoUFO (Reply 46):
I believe the only occasion to wear a Yankee's (or Borussia Dortmund's or Arsenal's) fan shirt in public, is on the way to or back from stadium.

Must disagree with you here mate. No wrongdoing in going to class in a jersey in high school or college...who cares. But who in their right mind wears Yankees jerseys in the first place?

BTW: I propose a worldwide ban on B. Munchen tops even to and from the stadium  Wink
 
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 6:51 am

Americans... they just dont care to present anything very elegant or classy when traveling. They are all about functionalism....if its useful, it doesnt matter how it looks. They are also about comfort- if its comfortable, it doesnt matter how it looks. Another thing, somehow men who dress fashionably (more european style) are often thought to be gay... so if you dress like a hobo you dont get that judgment so quickly.

I do admit that some of the European fashions are over the top, but, on the whole, I'd rather dress like the average Italian, than the average American.

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:37 am

Quoting JBirdAV8r (Reply 38):
Were you a paying customer though? I doubt it'd matter all that much if you were.

Got a free upgrade from business as I knew the country manager.

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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 7:59 am

Quoting LOT767-300ER (Reply 48):
No wrongdoing in going to class in a jersey in high school or college...who cares.

School: ok, but high school or University? I wouldn't do it, as it appears to be so unfavourable. Same goes for shorts btw. In my opinion, adult males should not wear shorts in public, with the exception of public beaches.
I don't care if other people have no problem with wearing shorts or overly "sportive" clothings, but I for one just wouldn't do it.
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 8:17 am

I think the main difference between European and American dress is
the lack of individuality on the American side.

Who wears this? :

polo knit short-sleeve shirt,
cargo shorts (knee-length and usually tan in color),
New Balance athletic shoes (with ankle socks).

There's no better way to spot an American abroad !!!

And while I'm no fan of shorts, socks, and sandals, you will find in
Germany (in the summertime) men going to work in nicer clothes wearing
dress sandals with dress socks. It keeps the feet from sweating too much.

And speaking of sandals or flip-flops... Is there a shortage of toe-nail
clippers in the U.S.? What ever happened to parents teaching their
kids about personal grooming and hygiene?

And personally speaking, most of my clothes are from Europe, not here
in the States.
The main reason? Americans are getting fatter, and it's a lot harder to
find clothes that fit me. (ie. most pants sizes in the U.S. start at 32 in.)

I'm not pretentious about my wardrobe, but I take great pride in being
able to say that none of my clothes are from Old Navy, the Gap, or
Abercrombie and Fitch.
What's the point in dressing like everyone else? For the most part, I
have no desire to emulate "herd followers".
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:13 am

Quoting TWISTEDWHISPER (Reply 41):
There's a saying: You become what you eat.
I'd also like to think that you become what you wear.

We have an even older saying. "You become who you eat".
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RE: Why Do Americans Dress So Badly?

Mon Apr 17, 2006 9:34 am

I think the question that should be asked is who the hell came up with the idea for velvet tracksuits?

Ewwwwwwww!

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