Slobbery as Snobbery

Theodore Dalrymple explains why you should comb your hair before leaving the house and forego the “I don’t care” sentiment while the rest of us have to look at you wearing sweat pants with holes in them.

The problem is not merely absence of self-respect, it is active hostility to self-respect, replaced entirely by self-esteem. The former says, “I will keep myself looking good in the eyes of others;” the latter says, “What is good enough for me is good enough for everyone else, and if they find me an eyesore they can jolly well put up with it.”

Modern scruffiness, then, is a manifestation of egotism.

It’s hard to look nice if you’re fat

Not just because you’ll be wearing fat guy clothes, but because your confidence and self-esteem will show through any garment.

Fit is the subject that is never spoken about in fashion and yet it is a fundamental of good dressing and comfortable dressing. Going out in clothes that hang from your body or those with buttons set to explode will lead most to think you are wearing hand me downs from your brother or roommate. The comfort concept is as follows: If you are not comfortable in your clothes, you will not look comfortable to others, and others will not feel comfortable around you. She wants to feel comfortable around you.

“The Business Suit Is Liberating” by Daniel Coffeen

The jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers of today’s work world are not signs of liberation. On the contrary, they mark Capital’s success in co-opting every last vestige of personal life, folding our very selves into the will of production. The business suit — a pain in the ass, no doubt, and rarely attractive — marks a clear line between home and work. It is a uniform that declares: “This is me at work. There is another me that is, frankly, none of your business.”