Friday, July 29, 2011

"Butt Cracks R Us" Not My Favorite Store

                There is something beautiful and quaint in the way people used to dress in public.


                Remember that great scene in The Natural  where Glenn Close stands up in the seats along first-base, her beautiful flowered dress and magnificent hat surrounded by thousands of fans dressed respectfully in white shirts and neckties?


                People actually wore dresses and neckties to baseball games. It's not just a scene from a fictional movie. Look at the highlight reels from the Tribe champion years of 1948 or 1954. The great Connie Mack managed  the Philadelphia  Athletics wearing a suit in the dugout.


                Imagine Manny Acta headed to the mound to make a pitching change  wearing Armani!


                My Dad passed away just a few years ago at age 96. He always wore a suit coat, tie, and hat to church. You know the kind of hat, a beautiful  black or brown fedora, the type Humphrey Bogart used  wear with a trench coat.  Back in the day,  every well-dressed man wore suits and hats.


                Fast forward to 2011. The other day, in courtroom 16A in the Cleveland Municipal Court, Judge Ronald Adrine had  had enough. The young man stood before the Judge facing a serious traffic charge dressed in a T-shirt, basketball shorts, and tennis shoes.


                The Judge told him to return to court in thirty days, dressed appropriately for court. Let's hear it for Judge Adrine.


                So what happened to our society?


                Here's my theory.


                We have become so self-centered that our own comfort takes precedence over respect for those around us.


                We are sending this message: I don't care what I look like to you as long as I am comfortable.


                The "Me"  generation and its descendants have adopted a permanent attitude of satisfying one's self to the exclusion of anybody else's feelings.


                Maybe it began with casual Fridays at the office. Maybe it started with the idea that jeans were suddenly considered almost universally appropriate  for the bottom half of one's body.


                I know this much. Things have gotten out of hand.


                There is a pretty funny website you should check out that loses its humor when you realize that it features real photos of real people shopping throughout America. The website is called


                Here you will see the fatty grandma wearing hot pink short shorts along with a halter top  exposing more wrinkles and moles than a slideshow at the Institute of Geriatric Dermatology. These people are grotesque not because of their bodies but because of the way they have chosen to adorn them.


                Who are these people?


     They are all around us in our neighborhoods, in grocery stores and, Lord help us, in our own homes getting ready to go out to expose the world to their bad taste.


                So here's my message to all of us. It's not all about you.


    Practice some humility and dress in a fashion that shows respect for others around you. You'd be surprised how much better you'll feel about yourself when you reserve the sloppy garb for yard work and present the best of yourself to the rest of the world.


                So don't dress down. Dress up.

     You see, I'm heading to the Walmart tonight and I'd like to keep my dinner down.

1 comment:

  1. David, Just read your News-Herald article concerning proper dress and can't agree more. When I was working the clausal dress rage was coming into vogue. At that time my CEO was against it. To quote him, "casual dress casual work". This statement became fact because that's what happen after he left and our company succumb to the this trend. Recently my wife and I attended a wonderful Mass at St.John Cathedral. The Mass was for couples celebrating their 50 yr weeding anniversary. Most Men in attendance were dressed appropriately, however, there were some that wore sport shirts and one even had a Hawaiian shirt.I would have love to tell them that we were not going to a golf outing or a Lu ow. We owed it to God,our church and our wife's to dress for this wonderful occasion. Maybe those men should remember the new testament parable about the man who did not dress properly for the banquet and what happen to him.

    Terry O'Brien
    St. Robert/William