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June 08, 2007

Tragically misguided

Celia Walden considers repeat denim-offenders and the abomination that is ''dress-down Fridays''; casual Fridays to North American Flea-readers (hat tip to the Parental Units of the Flea).

I cried when I read yesterday's prediction that Brits are set to buy 86 million pairs of jeans by the end of this year, spending an estimated £1.5 billion. Why? Because a large proportion of them will be sold to men, and they will get it wrong. I don't mean wrong in a laughable, inoffensive way - I mean deeply, philosophically and ethically wrong.

As I type these words it is a somewhat humid Friday* and I am dressed casually having foregone a blazer and sticking to a shirt and tie with waistcoat, Oxfords and a black dress trouser with narrow stripe (by Donna Karan). If I cannot be sat on a veranda with gin-and-tonic in one hand and the King James in the other I shall not at least descend into the Darkness that is denim. Not that this sartorial Rorke's Drift is held without a cost; the nurses seem strangely eager to convince me jeans are a Friday necessity.

* Written, as it was, last Friday.

Posted by Ghost of a flea at June 8, 2007 06:51 AM


Being a sort of slob, I think most co-workers would have a hard time establishing which day was Friday according to my dress. Yet my Code is clear: unshined 1980s Docs, button down cotton shirts and slightly tired chinos. As a variant to the gin and tonic Bible session, I believe a man should be able to be dressed so as to be available on short notice to haul lobster traps and quickly make a sauce out of what one finds in their heads.

Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2007 09:27 AM

A noble pursuit. Though I am of the opinion others should do that sort of thing.

Now let us turn to Ecclesiastes...

Posted by: Ghost of a flea [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2007 09:51 AM


Posted by: Alan McLeod [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2007 10:22 AM

I like to go against tradition and choose a day at randoom to be dress down day.. I have you to be taken to task for it. On other days its khakis (usually pleated), leather shoes, and one of a variety of black shirts, sweater or jackets..

I like to be dressed in such a way as to be able to at any time chase down a purse snatcher or go on safari in comfort. Call me Jack Bauer

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2007 11:34 AM

that should say " I have YET to be take to task for it"

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2007 11:35 AM

I should wear more trousers and shirts/waistcoats, but I do not. My occupation* would have me spending enormous sums of money replacing wool trousers which I'd have ripped, soiled, snagged or otherwise damaged on perhaps a weekly basis. Denim jeans (albeit black) are more durable and if I snag some fibers, I'm not forlorn that I've damaged a nice pair of wool or linen trousers. Shirts are just as much in hazard to my daily activities. I've twice torn my favorite shirt at work and now fear wearing it out at all. Given that it was my grandfather's cotton uniform shirt from WWII, I was mortified when I first found a rip.

* Manager of a data center, which involves pulling cable, moving servers, soldering, welding, trouble shooting air conditioners and moving around nay number of sharp and pointy objects which would love to rip a nice shirt.

Posted by: Montieth [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 8, 2007 06:36 PM

Mayhap, just mayhap, a movement could be started whereas a return to more appropriate attire with a Victorian flair could be initiated.. Sort of a minor return to Holmsian dress.. hrmm..

Flea, we need leadership and rules.

Posted by: Gorthos [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 9, 2007 07:47 AM