The following appeared in my local paper a few weeks ago. It was a letter to Dear Abby.
Dear Abby: American Society has been ultra-casual in dress and manners. When I look at old photographs, men and women used to dress better and seemed to take more pride in their appearance. Now they wear pajamas to shop, torn jeans to work, and clothes that are too small for large bodies. I feel we are a nation of slobs. Are we doomed to be this way in the future? I work in an office of slobs and everyone knows I dislike the "casual atmosphere."
~Dressed for success in Albuquerque
Dear Dressed For Success: People did dress differently in the 1950's. Things started changing in the 60's - when the next generation became the demographic that was being marketed to. After that, people began adopting the "grunge chic." Are we doomed to be this way forever? I think so, unless there's a reactionary fashion revolution. Frankly I don't see it happening anytime soon.
Call me old fashioned, I wish we were back in the day of gloves and hats. The fashions of the 50's. Classic styles, elegance and grace.
(Thank you to Dear Abby)