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The Casual Couture of the Average American | New York Times

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From sweatpants on airplanes to flip flops in the workplace: Have Americans taken casual dressing too far?

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Joseph Scherrer‘s insight:

This series of short opinion pieces is must reading folks. Here’s the premise for the discussion:

Have we as Americans taken casual dressing to the extreme?

When you read the short responses to the question from fashion designers, bloggers, and social observers, several themes emerge:

– Yes, we have taken it to the extreme

– Casual dressing won’t go away

– It’s important to pay attention to how you dress because it sends both conscious and unconscious messages about who you are

There’s one response from a millenial who emphatically states that dressing too formally reinforces class distinctions and who recommends “blending in” to the situation.

I understand his egalitarian perspective, but like it or not class and power are part of dressing and always will be.

If you’ve read this blog for any amount of time, you’ll know that classic style means dressing in a way that enhances your individuality. You do that in a way that respects principles that have been handed down over centuries.You also adopt a style of dress that signals concretely to others something of who you are–whether you or they like it or not.

So you can stick with extreme casual and radical egalitarian dress.

For my part, I’m going with classic style.

By Joe Scherrer | Tailored and Styled

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Article publié pour la première fois le 05/02/2014

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