OK, I am a european that moved to the US a few years ago. Yes, at first it seemed like everyone's a slob - wearing t-shirts, shorts and flip flops even when you go shopping to the supermarket. Sacrilege.. Then in May the temperature hits 100 F with 90% humidity, stays like that till November and suddenly socks, trousers and shirts become a drag. I have converted to shorts, sandals and tees as everyday attire fairly quickly and now cannot imagine my casual life without them. Being able to wear a suit AND shorts & sandals on a regular basis and look good makes you twice as sexy. I haven't been back to Europe in a little while, but I have been told that after the heatwaves and floods of the last couple of years continental europeans have become much less uptight. I certainly see plenty of europeans in the south of the US who are only too happy to don what is typically considered beachwear anywhere they go. I went to a Russian party last weekend (famously uptight and formal nation, folks dress up when they have to go outside to throw out the garbage) and pretty much everyone was wearing shorts, flip flops and tees. So lets not stereotype an entire continent and loosen up a bit.
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5/16/05 at 9:06pm