Americans don't know how to dress anymore. Maybe I think that because I am too old fashioned at 35. When I look at college students today, these are some of the things I observe on a daily basis. Short shorts with fur boots. Seriously? If your legs are cold wear pants! Spandex pants with t-shirts are now appropriate classroom attire. Gone are the days where students dress appropriately for class. And don't get me started on faculty. It is not appropriate for a college professor to wear jeans and a t-shirt unless they are administering a final exam. (I give everyone a fashion pass that week!) I've even seen professors wear shorts. It makes my head explode. Dress for success people!
I am a shirt and tie person myself. I like three piece suits and fedoras. I inherited what I can only describe as a hat fetish from my late grandfather who had a collection of well over one hundred baseball caps. Most of them had statements on them that just about anyone would consider offensive. My favorite had a bill that was twelve inches long. The hat said "Mine's Longer Than Yours." My papaw was quite the character!
The 1940s are my favorite decade when it comes to fashion. I think the movie stars of that era are way classier and much better dressed than those we have today. Thank God for Mod Cloth! I've bought my wife quite a few dresses from them. She looks good in 40s clothing.....well, any clothing, but especially 40s clothing. There is something about a well dressed woman from that era that make me go weak in the knees.
Thankfully a lot of the youth today have rediscovered 1920s fashion thanks to the recent Great Gatsby movie. I hope they keep that interest alive. Not only can they learn a little bit about history but they can also dress the part. What more can you ask for?
I guess my question is where did we go wrong as a county? Why are we so casual in our attire, even in the workplace? What happened? I wish I knew.
My name is Lee Hutch and I am a well dressed but half a$$ historian!
6 years, 20 pounds, and a lifetime ago.
This was my standard detective wardrobe.