Q: What is one of the few advantages of being old? A: We dress as we choose.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Q: What is one of the few advantages of being old?

A: We dress as we choose.

One of the few advantages in being old is that we are no longer subject to the cultural mores in our attire. We must maintain hygiene, but no longer bother about being "cool."

It is difficult to pinpoint just when the sartorial revolution started in this country, or in the world for that matter. It may have been with the long-haired, flower throwing, hippies who made you wonder if they ever bathed. Or it may have advanced beyond that where the third world poverty stricken look has made "Casual Friday" a joke.

Last Sunday night Dallas Quarterback, Tony Romo, was being interviewed. He was wearing a bill-cap with the bill turned to the front as it was intended. Coming next for interview was a team-mate who had his bill-cap turned backwards. Before Romo left he turned his team-mate's cap around to the correct side.

The next morning sport's announcers were bombarded with twitters criticizing Romo's action, and saying it makes no difference how a person wears their cap.

This is true. It makes little important difference. The bill of course was designed to shade the eyes.

But if a person chooses to shade the neck that becomes their business. And by turning the cap around it becomes of sort of skull-cap normally worn by monks; or a "beanie" that English and Ivy League schools once made their freshmen wear. We also can't forget the debonair sideways bill over the ear look that unfortunately does suggest a lack of mental alertness.

All of this will work. Stretching the bounds of common sense, there is nothing to stop a person from putting the right shoe on the left foot, or the left shoe on the right foot. It may be a little uncomfortable, but could be the next step (if you will) to enter the world of "cool." Some may say this is an impossibility. but when in our wildest imagination did we ever think we would be blessed by the sight of droopy britches giving us a panoramic view of a man's underwear, and beyond.

Some people are showing up in public places still dressed in their pajamas. (The kids are yet to make this part of their agenda.) The pajama look suggests both laziness, and pragmatism. The pragmatic coming from why undress only to dress again. The laziness speaks for itself.

Try as they may, old people are stumped how anyone with normal intelligence could spend good money to purchase faded out jeans with patches or holes in the knees. What is the catalyst for this statement? In a group they make the bread-line people of the Great Depression look like Wall Street bankers going to a reception. What is "cool" about appearing ragged and deprived when the truly ragged and deprived would reject their discards?

Of course we all know that most of this starts with the very young. It has, however, seeped into the adult world where you see politicians raggedly campaigning, or preachers preaching in clothing that was meant for the Salvation Army. Is it some desperate attempt to hold on to youth, or simply a capitulation to the culture? What ever the case, if we want the third world poverty stricken look we are quickly getting there.

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