- Aug 10, 2006
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As I have seen that there are some Swedes in this forum, just a question: I have a Swedish background, but I have been living in Spain for the last twelve years, so I am not sure about how style is in Sweden right now. However, I have the feeling that in Sweden, people used to be vary afraid of being considered "snobs". Actually, when people in Sweden buy an expensive car or spend money on things like shoes, suits, etc., it seems to me that they always need to justify it in some way, explaining why they really need it -for example, arguing that a Mercedes ends up being much cheaper than a Toyota because it is supposed to be of such a quality that it will never need any reparations, which is just BS, by the way-, instead of recognising that they spend their money on this stuff just because they like it. Also, "flashy" or "tacky" things that we frequently do in Spain, like having our MTM or bespoke shirts personalised with initials on the chest or cuff, unbuttoning the functional sleeve buttons (well, at least one of them) on the jacket, etc., appear to me as uncompatible with the Swedish character. Also, for example, here in Spain, almost everybody I know who can afford it has some kind of cleaning lady paid to look after the flat (and, what is maybe most important, to iron the clothes) a couple of hours per week. None of my Swedish friends have that, I think, and I feel that this is at least partly due to this socialist (?) idea that having a houskeeper (even a part-time one) is just too "aristochratic". Maybe I am wrong. Any opinions from the other Swedes on SF?