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Unfit to a T – Taki’s Magazine – Taki’s Magazine

Posted by M. C. Fox on September 4, 2018

Fourth were the walking advertisements for some product or other, such as Calvin Klein jeans or Jack Jones handmade goods. I believe in commerce as an important part of human life, but I have never wanted to turn myself into a walking free advertisement for large companies.

I could never understand being a walking billboard for some corporate entity either.

Even the few that have some self respect in the way they dress could use some basic advice.

I would recommend spending some time here. Common sense advise for every budget.

http://takimag.com/article/unfit-to-a-t/#axzz5PsJ7VkHk

by Theodore Dalrymple 

Sitting in two airports last week, in Paris and Riga, it suddenly occurred to me that I had not seen a single person who was smartly, let alone elegantly, dressed (I do not exclude myself from this stricture; I have never been elegant in my life). Indeed, if there is one thing that unites mankind today it is casual slobbery in dress.

This is rather odd, considering that so many people seem to spend a lot of their spare time shopping for clothes. The fact is, though, that however much time they spend on shopping, they will always look just as much a mess as ever. They choose, but they do not discriminate.

I was intrigued also by the T-shirts worn by the obese and the asthenic alike. They seemed to fall into several natural categories. The least interesting were the plain-colored without any words or pictures on them. They were dull and dowdy no matter how appalling or tastelessly luminous their shade.

Next were those with the names of places on them: Padua, Moscow, Barcelona, as if these cities were honored in some way by being associated with the wearers.

Third came those with animals, ranging from tyrannosaurs (usually worn by people who resembled brontosaurs with baseball caps worn backwards more than the fiercer kinds of dinosaur) to turtles, lions, and teddy bears.

Fourth were the walking advertisements for some product or other, such as Calvin Klein jeans or Jack Jones handmade goods. I believe in commerce as an important part of human life, but I have never wanted to turn myself into a walking free advertisement for large companies.

Fifth were the T-shirts with cryptic messages, usually of an arch humor. Thus a young man had a black T-shirt with white lettering saying “Lost in Space.” As he appeared glued to his telephone and oblivious of the world around him, this was, in a way, appropriate. And I suppose that a very fat man with the words “Running Cult Member” might charitably have been interpreted as commenting ironically on himself.

A young Chinese boy, aged about 5, wore a T-shirt with the caption or slogan “Hot Hope Robot.” Did this reflect his parents’ aspiration for him (it could hardly have been his own)? But what parent would hope that his or her child would develop into a robot of whatever temperature? Or was this a subtly subversive commentary on the fate of so many people in China who work like automata in mind-numbing jobs (which is nevertheless better than the alternative)?

Finally, there are those T-shirts that espouse a cause, supposedly a good cause. For example, there was a young woman of university age who wore a T-shirt inscribed with the words “Peace Is Cheaper.” Maybe it was my imagination, but she looked pretty pleased with herself, parading around in this T-shirt as if doing so were helping to bring about an end to the North-South divide in Korea. I daresay that if asked, she would have said that she knew that the effect of her T-shirt was minimal, and that for peace to come about, many millions of people would have to wear this T-shirt rather than just one person. But building peace, like building nations, had to start somewhere, and better to wear a T-shirt than drop a bomb…

I have one final observation: To judge from the people in the airports, the elderly dress with no more dignity than the young. The explanation for this, I suppose, is that those who were young adults in 1968 have never recovered from their adolescence or realized or accepted that it is now over.

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