Photo: The Sartorialist
I feel like I should explain. I posted that quote from Andrew Williams yesterday - in all honesty - because I kind of agreed with the point he was making. In my opinion, New Zealand men (as a general rule) don't dress as well as they could. But then I read all the angry comments and realised that Andrew Williams' opinions made him sound like a bit of a pompous twat. A superior, worst-kind-of-Englishman-looking-down-on-the-colonies, pompous twat. Which in turn makes me a pompous twat for reposting them. I take full responsibility.
But I'm not done.
I came across this rant from the King of all Ranters (Murray Crane), earlier today, and I think he puts the point across much better. It's not about judging somebody for what they're wearing or saying nobody should ever wear this or wear that (as I myself have done in the past), it's about wanting people to just make a little bit more of an effort.
"I was out for a little birthday tea this evening and was treated to a wonderful six course French Cafe dinner. The food was sublime and the service was as you would expect but I was in a state of despair over the dress standards. At the risk of sounding like a snob, f*** it I don't really care.
Whats up with thinking it is ok to wear a home spun jersey to a restaurant? Even if you're celebrating getting off a murder conviction its not on. I was the only male there wearing a tie and yes it was a cold evening but guys please leave the polar fleece at home and wear a coat (that you can take off when you are seated).
Sensible shoes are acceptable if you are arthritic or going for a walk but not at what is reputedly one of New Zealand's finest dining establishments. I'm depressed, where's the sartorial spirit that comes with having a sense of occasion? Get dressed up! You don't have to be wearing the latest thing but at least make an effort.
Dinner does require a jacket and polish your shoes for gods sake.
Don't dare to comment about the service or the food when you look like you've just finished mowing the lawns. Is it too much to ask that you pay even a tenth of the level of attention paid to your food to how you look?"
The photo I chose to accompany this blog is of a casual guy in summer dress. He's wearing an old green tee shirt, pants and shoes. It's not rocket science and it's hardly dressed up but it does look better than board shorts and jandals.
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