Sunday, 7 February 2010

An Example of a Well Dressed Englishman?

Simon Cowell as he appeared on his prime time TV show last week.

Is it any wonder our young people don't have a clue about how to dress for specific occasions when one of the richest men in show business dresses like a tramp?

One of my pet hates is men who wear trousers which are too long. They look untidy, make the wearer look short- legged and just a little silly with three or four extra inches of material bagging round their ankles. It's as if they were too lazy to look further round the shop to find the correct length.

I will give him full marks for his well polished shoes though.

Many will say, 'What do you want him to wear, a suit?' No, because he obviously wishes to convey a casual look, but a smart casual appearance involves clothing which has been well pressed.

Others will say with his money he can dress how he likes. Indeed, but doesn't he have some responsibility, when he has so much influence upon today's youth, to show there are various levels of dress appropriate to various situations?


Dick Puddlecote said...

"but doesn't he have some responsibility ..."

Not really, no.

Firstly, who's to decide what is acceptable dress and what is not? Secondly, where do we get this idea that the moment someone is on TV, they must automatically be a role model?

It's also why who John Terry nails should be of no consequence. He could bump uglies with the chorus line of Chicago as far as I'm concerned. As long as he can still tackle and head a ball, who cares?

Tcheuchter said...

@ D Puddlecote

Tackle being the operative word I think.

Tcheuchter said...

I have to say that I find people like Alan Sugar coming on TV with 2 days' growth of beard particularly insulting. It is acceptable in a comic like Spike Milligan, but just damned insulting in someone who could afford a barber if so inept as to be unable to shave himself.

subrosa said...

Dick, of course you're much younger than me I know.

When I was young I had my role models and they accepted they had a responsibility towards their fans.

As for the John Terry business. He also had a role model as Captain of England. His boss could do nothing else other than remove the title from him.

He's still a footballer.

No wonder this country is in the mess it is with youngsters worshipping the likes of these two men.

Cary Grant and James Stewart would never have behaved like that!

subrosa said...

Tcheuchter, Spike Milligan was a comedian not one of England's 'top' businessmen.

Nobody expects authors or artists to dress formally but these days most dress far better than the likes of Cowell who does have a great influence on the young.

Dick Puddlecote said...

Tcheuchter: :-) re Terry's tackle.

Subrosa: I think you're over-estimating Cowell's influence over the young and their fashion sense. Anyone over 25 is considered crusty by youngsters, they would certainly not try to emulate his style IMO.

And with Terry, again we shoot ourselves in the foot over something trivial. If he is the best choice as Captain, that shouldn't change because he likes a bit of horizontal on the side. When in with a chance of winning the world cup, you need your very best, not just those who are most righteous. (I realise such a dilemma will be difficult for a Scot to understand) ;-)

subrosa said...

Dick, I have quite a bit to do with the young and my 'voluntary' (albeit grudged lol) work. Simon Cowell is an icon to them. He's the way to make money without any effort so their desires are to somehow get on TV.

As for your football captain he brought this on himself because he wasn't discreet enough - a bit like Tiger Woods. That's how today's media work. If Terry hadn't put that block on the media to begin with then it may not have been so bad, but because he did then he deserves what they gave him.

Auch Dick, I support our team regardless as you know. They can be abismal as you know but hey that's the Scots for you!

Dick Puddlecote said...

Yep, agreed Terry was wrong about gagging the papers ... I'd have been on my roof with a loudhailer! :-)

subrosa said...

I happen to know someone who would have done the same Dick! Problem is he has difficulty raising even raising a smile and I doubt there is one person in the UK who would believe him. ;)

Strathturret said...

Terry's story is nothing new. I seem to remember stories of Jim Baxter and Puskas visiting some house of ill repute in Glasgow. Then we have Tiger Woods and the sainted Muhamoud Ali (4 wives + sundry camp followers).

My pet gripe are the badly dressed yobbos on Top Gear.

subrosa said...

Ah those who wear their shirts outside their trousers then pop a jacket on top Strathturret? That certainly narks here too.

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