Monday, December 12, 2011

Quotation: Social Acceptance

Courtesy of a perceptive high schooler who commented on the excellent Ivy Style blog:

"I attend a high school where I cannot where (sic) a simple button down and khaki pants without 20 people asking me what I am dressed up for. Nowadays it is almost socially unacceptable to look nice in an everyday setting."

What devotee of classic style hasn't experienced this? If you're "dressed up" (and what even constitutes that to the average person -- like an OCBD and khakis -- has fallen to the lowest common denominator), you must be going to or from work or some special occasion. For everyday errands like shopping or getting something to eat, you're supposed to look like you just rolled out of bed and picked up whatever clothes were on the floor. If you elevate your appearance to anything above that (even if it's just any shirt with a collar -- even a polo -- and any pants that aren't jeans), you're "all dressed up," and you'll be asked by a million different people to justify why.

"Nowadays it is almost socially unacceptable to look nice in an everyday setting."

Well said, young man. Well said. 

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