September 18, 2018 by Ville Raivio
Who else but G. Bruce Boyer? Let us leave it to him to tell what the western culture has lost by forsaking tailored clothing. The following piece, published on First Things, a journal on religion and public life, serves a few jabs and explanations.
”How is it that we have gone from wearing suits and ties to the office to wearing T-shirts, baseball caps, and a variety of military garments and ranch hand wardrobes? Everyone who’s ever perused photos of baseball games (or almost any other crowded venue for that matter) in an old Life magazine from the mid-twentieth century finds it remarkable that the majority of men in the crowd are wearing white shirts and ties, and business hats (a category of menswear now extinct). The metamorphosis over such a relatively short time to polo shirts and cargo shorts on most of the crowd is a bit staggering, almost as though we were looking at two different species. The history, the sociology, the psychology of dress all seem to come rushing in to confound my thoughts. But then I’m not alone.”
Aye, there’s the rub.