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To: antoninartaud
Jeans have their place. But, when I see a chump at a nice restaurant with his baggy jeans, ball cap, and flip flops I cannot really take him seriously, at any level. Same goes for the Opera or equally formal event. You don't have to be wealthy to put on a collared shirt and a pair of trousers. And the whole "I just want to be comfortable" mantra doesn't resonate with me; clothes that fit are comfortable clothes. Actually, denim doesn't breath well, and can hardly be called luxurious, as fabrics go. Wearing dungarees to formal events is just another expression of unisize, ahistorical, narcissistic, lazy, slob culture and should be mocked whenever possible.

Very well put.

22 posted on 03/09/2005 10:18:37 AM PST by Logophile
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To: Logophile
And the whole "I just want to be comfortable" mantra doesn't resonate with me; clothes that fit are comfortable clothes

Not necessarily. A surprisingly large number of people are hypersensitive to certain fabrics and textures. The medical term for it is "tactile defensiveness", which seems to be a misnomer to me; "tactile hypersensitivity" would be a more accurate term for it.

It is often associated with ADHD, Asperger's etc, and some autistic kids have it *really bad*. However, ADHD and mild-Asperger types are far more numerous in the population, and when we say that certain clothes, certain fabrics, etc, just don't feel right on our skin, we are NOT KIDDING. For those of us who have this condition, clothes that are made of certain fabrics are just torment to wear, even if they "fit" perfectly.

As it happens, by perverse fate, in our culture most of the "formal" clothes just so happen to be the most uncomfortable, so we are often accused of "dressing down" for some ideological motive, or due to just plain laziness, when we are actually driven to make our clothing choices by purely physical, neurological considerations instead. If things were reversed -- if jeans, soft flannels, etc, were considered "formal", we'd be accused of being "hoity-toity" for dressing "UP" all the time!

514 posted on 03/10/2005 12:22:30 AM PST by Rytwyng (we're here, we're Huguenots, get used to us)
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