The Casual Couture of Americans

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    Apr 05, 2014 5:57 AM GMT
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    This family would never have dreamed of traveling in sweatpants and hoodies.

    NYT: It wasn’t long ago that we wore suits and dresses on planes, in restaurants or at the theater. Now for many of us, jeans suffice. There are even office-appropriate yoga pants, while tailored sweatpants made an appearance.

    What happens? How do you dress? Is it important that a doctor wear white lab coat? Is it important that a lawyer be in suit and tie?

    http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2014/02/03/the-casual-couture-of-the-average-american
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    Apr 05, 2014 7:00 AM GMT
    We also all wore hats, and ladies wore gloves.
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    Apr 05, 2014 7:07 AM GMT
    I even remember the times we had to use underwear.
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    Apr 05, 2014 7:09 AM GMT
    David3000 saidI even remember the times we had to use underwear.

    We don't have to anymore?

    OMG why the hell don't I know about this?
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    Apr 05, 2014 7:09 AM GMT
    Why don't prisoners wear striped uniforms anymore?
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    Apr 05, 2014 7:16 AM GMT
    Is that family American? BEA didn't fly to the USA, UK to mainland Europe mainly.
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    Apr 05, 2014 9:04 AM GMT
    Whatever happened to wearing powdered wigs? Ever since we shelved them, the world has been going down hill.

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    Apr 05, 2014 9:17 AM GMT
    I am in finance and wear a suit and tie to work everyday. The majority of my colleagues do not.
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    Apr 05, 2014 9:41 AM GMT
    I heard in other countries they get dressed up to go to the grocery store... Woodsmen likes American fashion a lot; he always makes threads or posts with pics of preppy male models in clothes.

    Do you secretly wish you were in the Devil Wears Prada?
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    Apr 05, 2014 12:02 PM GMT
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    NYT: It wasn’t long ago that we wore suits and dresses on planes, in restaurants or at the theater.

    I can vouch for that. In the 1950s & '60s as a kid I had to wear a coat & tie when I went to a restaurant with my parents, and my younger sister a dress. Blue jeans (or "dungarees") and sneakers were only for play after school.

    Even at the kids' Saturday morning movie matinee I had to wear creased trousers and leather shoes, though without a jacket or tie, even just a collared "pullover" shirt (nowadays generically a polo) being OK, but not a T. When I was taken to Radio City Music Hall in NYC with family, though, it was full jacket & tie.

    My last 2 years of secondary school were in a public high school, where even in 1966-67 boys couldn't wear jeans or sneakers (we didn't have fancy running shoes yet), and the girls could only wear skirts or dresses, no pants of any kind. They had to wear flats, no high heels.

    Despite later movies about that era like Grease, that make the guys look like members of a motorcycle gang, and the girls like hookers, I never knew a school that allowed that look. Boys whose hair touched their shirt collar or went below their eyebrows could be sent home or face a scissors cutting in the principal's office.

    When I flew to college in 1967 I wore a suit & tie on the plane. Even the Army was "formal" in that we soldiers couldn't go off the installation in our fatigue uniform, except for the purpose of driving in a private car if we lived off post. But no stopping along the way, except briefly for "essentials" like gasoline (there was actually a list of rules about this). We had to wear our khakis or greens with a tie, or else civilian clothes, which could be anything the civilians allowed. Nowadays you hardly see soldiers anywhere wearing anything but camouflage combat dress as if they just returned from Afghanistan, unless it's a General testifying before Congress.
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    Apr 05, 2014 12:11 PM GMT
    ART_DECO said
    My last 2 years of secondary school were in a public high school, where even in 1966-67 boys couldn't wear jeans or sneakers (we didn't have fancy running shoes yet), and the girls could only wear skirts or dresses, no pants of any kind. They had to wear flats, no high heels.

    I was in junior high school in 1969 when the principal got on the PA system one day and informed the whole school that jeans were now permitted attire for school. You should have heard the whoops of glee.

    I can remember being on planes in the 1960s and even early 70s with men in coats and ties and women in their Sunday best.