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Frump Nation

I heard the term Frump Nation and liked it. It is used to describe the excess informality in clothing option nowadays in the US. Don’t get me wrong, I am all for comfort too, I do not like to torture myself with high heels and tight dresses. On the other hand, I believe there is a time and place for everything.  Last weekend I was at my daughter’s College graduation (Cornell University). I believe graduations, weddings and funerals demand a certain formality of attire, in respect to the occasion and to the hard work your child has put in all those years. Therefore, I chose a nice dress for her commencement cerimony. I also knew we had to walk around the campus, so I had my heels in my purse and my really comfortable skecher-like shoes on. At the stadium waiting for the ceremony to begin, I looked around and saw loads of parents wearing really casual attire, even bermudas and sneakers, and while yes, they are really comfy, this is the day your son or daughter is graduating from a really nice Ivy League and no, you are not grocery shopping! Can’t you wear at least a jacket over your sports shirt and ladies, can’t you buy a 20 dollar decent dress at Marshalls and put a bit of lipstick and comb your hair to honor your child?

The extreme casualness is a sore for the eyes. I used to like to go out and see people well dressed in restaurants. Now I see women dressed in sweats in expensive restaurants (I am not kidding you).  Lack of vanity, lack of time, lack of money, lack of self esteem, lack of manners, lack of common sense, lack of finesse, whatever it is, going out in America instead of a feast for the eyes is like walking through a garden with dead and rotten flowers…

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June 2, 2008 - Posted by | Difference between cultures

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