A Facebook friend of my recently shared with me this video and it really got me thinking. In the video (that you need to watch!), a college professor claims that we, as a nation, have lost pride in the way we present ourselves when it comes to clothes. Consequently, her goal is to “revive the lost art of dressing”. She teaches an entire course entitled “A Nation of Slobs: the Art, Ethics, and Economics of Dress in Modern America” where she shocks students with pictures of glamorous women wearing gowns, gloves, and hats which was the norm in that bygone time.
Her claim begs the question “are we really a nation of slobs”? It goes without saying that some people enjoy clothes, fashion, and “dressing” much more than others. I have always attributed pj pants in the dining hall to laziness or simply an overload of late night homework. And to those frequent shorts, t-shirt, and flip flops wearers, I have always assumed that was their personal style. However, has dressing super casual or barely taking the time to get dressed at all become so normal that we don’t bat an eyelash at nightclothes in public? Is that a good thing or a bad thing?
To be honest, I don’t know. I personally enjoy getting dressed everyday. When I take the time to think about my outfit and I really love what I’m wearing, I feel better about myself. It is sort of therapy for me! What do you think? Is our nation’s slobbish tendencies a problem? Or do you think that we aren’t a nation of slobs at all?
I look forward to hearing from you!