Originally Posted by Mr Knightley
Originally Posted by cerneabbas
Mr Knightley.I think that its worse when the sun comes out like today,I had to go shopping and all the lardies were there in shorts and flip flops ,I do think that you can dress casually and still be stylish.
Do you know, I read your word 'lardies' as 'ladies'! I suppose you are referring to both gender anyway.
But I didn't want to let your point about the challenge of dressing in the warmer weather go without a comment or two. The Englishman has always been a reserved sort of a chap (until we adopted the American-inspired culture we have today) and, living in a genrally damp, mild climate, he has struggled when the sun peeps out. The image of the man in sandals and sox springs to mind. So, my first question is has being brought up with 'The Look' helped us cope with this challenge?
The next is a point about how fashions (for men and women) shift over time from the very covered-up look of the Victorians to the near nudity of today. This is not new and I think this thread on Ask Andy gives us a wonderful historical perspective and, IMO is not wholly outside the theme of this thread for we remain tied to the past through our clothing:
I like the following ideas in particular:
'Modern man has thus been stripped down to his underwear, to live out the nude ideal. We must ask ourselves if the next generation will devise a way of dressing with a greater illusion of nudity than ever before. Or perhaps things will come full circle once more so that the Second Age of Nudity will be supplanted by a new age of conservative reactionary dressiness akin to the Victorian era?'
Mr Knightley ,The "lardies" were of both genders ( I think,its hard to tell when they get to that size !),I doubt that they were ladies though.
I remember in the heatwave last summer that there was a well off subject debate on shorts and summer apparel on the Mod to Suedehead thread,maybe it would be an interesting topic here ?.
I think that English men have a reputation for not dressing in a flattering way in the sun/heat,how should shorts be worn ?, maybe like the Royal Navy used to wear in the tropics with long white socks ? certainly not like a 20 stone football supporter wearing club shorts and socks together.
Typically the traditional view of Englishmen wearing shorts is comical,Charles Hawtrey ( Carry on camping ) the Verger in Dads Army ( a Sea Scout ) for instance.
Surely though shorts could be worn without looking comical ?, but how long should they be ? what colour or material to avoid ? what style is best ? what socks / shoes to wear them with ? what shirt ? and do shorts have any place in the look during the summer months ?.