Originally Posted by Get Smart
having spent a decent amount of time in Japan, I agree that the typical Japanese is not very well dressed. The NYers I've seen are very well dressed.
LA is definitely the metropolitan slob capital. I may be the ONLY man in So Cal not to own a pair of flip flops, much less ever worn a pair.
It sure *seems* that Brits, Italians are better dressed but maybe those are only the images that I am made aware of, rather than the reality.
Having had quite a few Swedish friends, from Stockholm, they sure were a well dressed stylish bunch, in the streetwear sense.
It seems that the typical Japanese feels that dressing well would be seen as arrogating to themselves a higher station in life than they're due. The intense pressure to conform is the polar opposite of the expression of individuality characteristic of the States. In Japan, humility is more important. I think people express a certain humility by not dressing as well as they could. The younger generation seem to be expressing more individuality of style, though. I can think of a handful of guys at the company I work for who are quite stylish by comparison to the norm.
Glad to hear you say this about LA. This was my impression on a recent visit. I've never seen more innapropriately dressed people in one place in my life.