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Posted: January 31, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: January 31, 2014 2:00 a.m.

With perhaps the exception of church services (and even some of them need the following counsel), I have noticed that the average American — even at work — dresses like a bum, no pride in one’s attire at all. Ragged blue jeans coupled with ragged tee-shirts dress most of our Santa Clarita residents, these days.

Without a doubt, Americans need to start taking pride in the attire that they wear, especially in the work place. In America, to be sure, fine dressing is a thing of the past, and it is a downright shame.

Back in the 1970s, I used to have a subscription to “Gentlemen Quarterly” (GQ, for short), because back then it was a given that men in the office would dress the part, and that means a dress suit and tie. I no longer have a subscription to “GQ.” I, now, wonder if that magazine is still in print.

Furthermore, I see the youth of today growing without a proper sense of attire. Not only do our youth tend not to dress well, but they also wear their ratty blue jeans way down below their butts, so low that their underwear is clearly seen — how horrible.

Indeed, Americans overall and Santa Clarita residents especially need to start dressing for success, and I do not buy the fact that they cannot financially afford a couple of nice dress suits and ties. If one checks out eBay and clothing warehouses, one can buy a tie for less than five dollars and a dress suit for less than seventy-five dollars.

Again, countrywide — and especially in the Santa Clarita Valley — one needs to dress for success, not in the ratty clothes that presently they dress in. Kids, to be certain, need to put a little money aside so that they can dress properly for the office whenever they begin in the workaday world.

The aforesaid counsel on proper attire goes out especially to our males in the office, not the females, for women seem to dress properly for the office.

Yes, a nice suit and tie — for men — gives one self-worth and a sense of personal dignity, and that leads the way to proper hygiene and grooming. Men, dress for the office like most men dress for their church services.



chefgirl358: Posted: January 31, 2014 7:37 a.m.

No, they don't need to dress nicely. Unfortunately, that's no longer the case, I wish it was as I too am turned off by the "slacker" look. Much of that entire generation dresses that way and has scruffy unkempt facial hair to boot. In fact, I keep seeing young adult women running errands (grocery shopping, mall, etc) in pajama bottoms and slippers. I think this is the tackiest thing ever. A lot of these folks and their hipster counterparts are in the workplace and that's what we can grow to expect. --edited.

17trillion: Posted: January 31, 2014 8:18 a.m.

I would have bet a lot of money this was a Lois letter just seeing the title. Speaking of which, I hope she's doing ok since I haven't seen her post lately. She may be a wacky poster, but she's our wacky poster!

technologist: Posted: January 31, 2014 8:49 a.m.

She's busy elsewhere due to exhaustion, 17t.

timothymyers02: Posted: January 31, 2014 10:51 a.m.

Mr. Burton:

I am 100% behind marriage equality and anti-homophobic, so I don't hold your GQ subscription against you! (For those not in on the joke, in 1962 Robert Kennedy referred to GQ as a "fag rag" after JFK's picture graced the cover, allegedly without his knowledge or permission.)

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: January 31, 2014 11:44 a.m.

Sorry Mr. Burton, I have two jobs already and dress for comfort. If you have a problem seeing me wearing jeans, by all means look away. And I won't make fun of that silly tie choking your neck.

CarpeDiem: Posted: January 31, 2014 12:35 p.m.

I think there is a time and place for how you dress based on where you are going. That said, I think as a society we’ve become a bit more relaxed in what we view acceptable dress for a variety of settings and while you can’t force people to dress in a certain manner I do believe there was a time when people took a little bit more pride dressing for the occasion. For example shorts and flip flops at the Ahmanson Theatre for an evening performance isn’t my idea of acceptable, but sadly I see it all the time. And, while employers may have a “dress code” sometimes enforcing those can be difficult, question what someone wears and it’s infringing on their “individuality.” I’ve also had to have my share of conversations with young women about why the “club wear” they have on isn’t appropriate for the office. As someone who mentors young women in college who are looking to enter the workforce I always reinforce the message of appropriate dress and appearance and that dressing well isn’t limited by your budget, you’re only limited by your desire to look polished and pulled together. All that said, teenagers will always follow trends and that’s to be expected. I wasn’t a teen in the 60s or 70s, but I imagine that people took issue with what teenagers wore then as well. I think it’s about finding a balance and knowing what to wear, when. Then again, there are always going to be those people like the poster noted above who venture out into the world in “pajama bottoms” and slippers who simply don’t care. And, of course you just can’t account for those with bad taste all the way around.

bobforte: Posted: January 31, 2014 7:30 p.m.

I love how he through church into this also. Jesus didn't wear a suit when he was alive. If anything, jeans and a t-shirt are bette than what he wore.

The point of going to church is to pray and celebrate the mass. Not to impress anyone with what you are wearing.

SingleMomOfOne: Posted: February 1, 2014 9:55 p.m.

Appearance does count, but its not everything. I also do not wish to see ones undergarments or anyone out in public dressed as if they were going to bed...but in all reality we llive our lives for ourselves not to impress everyone else...or worry what others constantly think of us...thankfully

ronos: Posted: February 1, 2014 10:10 a.m.

Pride in oneself and Respect for their Community are lost on modern suburbanites of the "whatever" generations in America.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 1, 2014 11:23 a.m.

That you, Lois?

ricketzz: Posted: February 2, 2014 7:51 a.m.

When I was but a wee tyke I was plopped in front of the idiot box and took my fashion cues from the original "Lassie" TV series. I dress like "Jeff" (as I recall). Dungarees and a t-shirt, Chuck Taylors or US Keds "tennis shoes".

Look how they dress in the Philippine legislature. They are adapting to the environment. They do not make indoors comfortable for people wearing wool in the hot humid summer. They are better environmentalists than we.

cj64: Posted: February 2, 2014 12:14 p.m.

In the past, the lower class tended to "dress up" to appear that they were in a higher financial bracket.

Robert's magazine of the 1970s came from generations in the 1930-1950 where even those attending baseball games dressed in suits with ties and hats.

Today, appearance does not indicate financial standing. People should dress in an appropriate manner. Suits and ties are not appropriate at Dodger games, but are more respectful at funerals and weddings.

philellis: Posted: February 3, 2014 8:19 a.m.

@ ricketzz '"When I was but a wee tyke I was plopped in front of the idiot box and took my fashion cues from the original "Lassie" TV series. I dress like "Jeff"'

Beats dressing like Lassie.

EgbertSouse4U: Posted: February 3, 2014 12:14 p.m.

Or June Lockhart.

ricketzz: Posted: February 4, 2014 7:19 a.m.

Alas, I have turned into Gramps (minus the bib overalls).

ricketzz: Posted: February 4, 2014 7:20 a.m.

The Lassie I'm talking about was way before June Lockhart, BTW. Early 1950s Lassie.

cms96a: Posted: February 5, 2014 9:08 p.m.

Try doing your shopping in a city besides Santa Clarita. BIG difference in the way one dresses. SCV is known to be a bit white trashy...

ajones999: Posted: February 12, 2014 4:58 p.m.

I have seen men & women (not just teenagers) dressed in PJ's. I was at CVS a few days ago, and a woman in PJ bottoms and slippers. Seriously?

While in England this past summer, I noticed how nice the people were dressed. I'm not talking about suits and ties, but rather, women in dresses or skirts, slack, and men in slacks wearing a shirt with a collar. Definitely no baggy pants, hanging down below their butts. No gang look. And my 24 yr old daughter commented about the same thing!

ajones999: Posted: February 12, 2014 5:01 p.m.

My cousin was vising from Boston recently and also commented how a bit too casual everyone dresses here on the West Coast. At my office today in Hollywood, our receptionist came in with skin tight jeans and sneakers. Definitely too casual for workplace attire in an office.

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