Are we “A Nation of Slobs”?

30 Jul

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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!

xoxo
Danni

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5 Responses to “Are we “A Nation of Slobs”?”

  1. Stephanie July 30, 2013 at 3:32 pm #

    I personally do not like pj’s worn in public. When I see a person at the store in their night clothes it makes me think they do not have very much respect for themselves. It doesn’t! take but a moment to throw on some shorts or jeans. I also think people are trying to draw attention to themselves by being in public places in their “private” clothes.

  2. Jordan July 30, 2013 at 9:52 pm #

    Okay, not to be a downer, but I kind of take issue with her assertions. I feel like there is a difference between wearing pj’s in public, compared to jeans and a t-shirt. And, Danni, you know that I am a jeans and t-shirt kind of guy 🙂

    That being said, isn’t she glossing over the fact that ladies (which this video excerpt covers nearly exclusively) often had to wear girdles and other very unflattering forms of apparel just to be considered “well-dressed”? Not to mention, that the sexual liberation movement in America was a large part to do with doing away with formal wear and articles of clothing like gloves. Could you really take a person seriously who walked into a room with elbow long gloves and a hat full of feathers? They would just look odd in today’s culture.

    All in all, yeah, frumpy clothes generally don’t flatter the wearer out in public, but I see nothing wrong with jeans or t-shirts. Not to mention, clothing is often the first visual difference between affluence and penury.

    • dannigirl2013 July 30, 2013 at 10:00 pm #

      Great points Jordan! Fashion has changed and gloves and feathers everyday surely would raise eyebrows.

      I think that at the base of what she is saying is that we, as a society, have stopped taking pride in our appearance and have instead slid into a rut of slobbery. I don’t know if that is entirely true or not. All I do know is that I love when people express themselves through personal style whether it be with jeans and a cool t-shirt (like you!) or with hats and feathers!

      • Jordan July 31, 2013 at 10:34 am #

        I don’t disagree with the whole “wearing pj’s in public” thing. Having worked with the public, I can certainly reaffirm that some people just don’t care how they look at all.

        But, I think the dress style of the 20’s-60’s wouldn’t work in today’s world.

      • dannigirl2013 July 31, 2013 at 5:26 pm #

        Totally agree! Fashion has surely changed!

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