Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “How did men go from the style of dress that civilized men of the Western world dressed in for almost a millennia, how did men go from that to cargo pant shorts, t-shirts, and Crocs? It’s not to say that there’s not a place for t-shirts. Not to say there’s not a place for cargo pant shorts or wearing Crocs. There used to be an adage: The clothes make the man. I ask the question, if the clothes make the man, then what do cargo pant shorts and Crocs make a man?” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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Mike: How did men go from the style of dress that civilized men of the Western world dressed in for almost a millennia, how did men go from that to cargo pant shorts, t-shirts, and Crocs? It’s not to say that there’s not a place for t-shirts. Not to say there’s not a place for cargo pant shorts or wearing Crocs. There used to be an adage: The clothes make the man. I ask the question, if the clothes make the man, then what do cargo pant shorts and Crocs make a man? Well, they make him ignorant and dismissive of his fellow man. By definition, you have dropped an opportunity for dignity. There is dignity in dress. Dress can’t make the undignified dignified, but dress can make the borderline more dignified.
For quite a few years now, academic philosophers and sociologists, as well as popular social commentators who get paid to pronounce on such matters, have been telling us that people have been abandoning their formal personas in favor of the whims and behavior of their individual selves. The point of all the ink seems to be that public ritual behavior has given way to personal freedom, and that while we all used to have two personas, a public one and a private one, we now only have a private one which has gone public.
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. . . “A ‘gentleman’ no longer tipped his symbolic hat to a ‘lady’ to show the conventional respect due her sex; he no longer had a hat to tip.” And no one doubts that the hat is gone, as well as the suit, the tie, and the polished leather oxford. The word I’m searching for is casualization. There’s been, in the past couple of decades, a Great Casualization of the business wardrobe. The suits and white dress shirts and discreet ties that most businessmen wore for a hundred years and more started to disappear after the 1970s. When this casual business trend began in earnest in the following decade, fashion writers started referring to it as “the third wardrobe”—an alternative to both the tailored business clothes and athletic-inspired clothing that had traditionally comprised a man’s wardrobe for much of the twentieth century. Today, traditionally tailored clothing—suits, sports coats, and their accompanying accessories—might legitimately be considered the third wardrobe, a luxury wardrobe worn for dressy occasions by many, and daily by those in positions of real power in society.
To complicate things even more, there has been the gradual gentrification of the proletarian wardrobe since mid-century: the work-wear of what used to be known as “blue-collar” workers, clothes that included blue chambray and denim work shirts and trousers (jeans), civilian uniforms of various types (postal workers, garage mechanics, etc.) . . .
Mike: There’s a commercial. Cintas did a series of commercials. What’s the difference between a guy that’s running down the street with your hanger bag filled with clothes and the guy that’s running down the street with your hanger bag filled with clothes who is in a finely-tailored bellhop suit? The bellhop, you gave him your clothes. The other guy, he stole them. That’s the difference.
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