What Happened to Proper Dress?

What Happened to Proper Dress?

by Bob Branco

In today’s society, I find that more and more people disregard how important it is to dress for the occasion. There seems to be a degree of disrespect for where it is that these people go.Man wearing red fez hat

For example, many children go to school as if they were home or at a pajama party. Some of the girls wear very short dresses with tops that reveal their cleavages. Some boys wear shorts, have rings on their noses, and look as though they need a shower and shave. Obviously, these kids dress this way because parents and teachers allow it. Even some college professors go to work wearing flannel shirts and jeans.

As far as the Court system is concerned, I’ve been told that several people have been seen in Court wearing pajamas. How do you suppose the attorneys and judges feel about that? When you are in a court room, you should look as presentable as possible; if for no other reason, you need a little dignity to help you with your case.

Church is another place where there’s a problem with dress codes. One day during a Catholic sermon, I was outraged when the Priest addressed some of the mothers of children receiving their first communion. I wasn’t outraged with the Priest, but with the mothers. Many of these women were showing their cleavages in Church, and the Priest reminded them that not only did it set a poor example for their children, but it also enabled temptation.

I run a bowling league in my city. On numerous occasions, one of my bowlers went there wearing pajamas. When I asked her about it, she said it was more relaxing to wear them.

Where do you suppose this disrespectful attitude toward proper dress originated, and why? How does this attitude help maintain dignity, order and discipline? Has it become too difficult to wear a suit, a long dress, dress pants, and shiny shoes? Is it so hard to take off your pajamas? Just where are we going?

About the Author

Bob Branco resides in New Bedford, Massachusetts, and is a self-published author of four books. He is a community organizer, tutors persons with visual impairments, and has written columns for local and international organizations. Bob’s web site is www.dvorkin.com/robertbranco/.

 

One thought on “What Happened to Proper Dress?

  1. I couldn’t agree more with every point which Bob Branco made in his article about how people dress nowadays, even in Church. While I’m not saying, or even suggesting that people have to be dressed to the hilt, one would think that it isn’t too much to ask for peole to dress appropriately and presentably.

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