“Americans are a disgusting people,” said my American husband the other day.
The sad thing is, I had to agree. If you go to the U.S. after living in Europe, you can’t help but cringe. People are fat. People are sloppy. People wear their pajama bottoms in public. (If you don’t believe me, see the above photo, taken in Naperville, IL).
Now I’m all for casual. I like baseball hats. I like sweatpants. And I don’t like the stress of worrying about what I’m going to wear to go to the supermarket. But still. There are limits, both in what should be casual and the amount of food that should be consumed.
To consider the level of casual, take an advertising agency creative director for an example. These people are notorious for taking casual to the limit.
In the U.S., a typical creative director dresses like he’s about 18 even though he’s 45. Baseball hat, untucked T-shirt, shorts, and flip flops or running shoes.
In Switzerland, a typical creative director wears a button down (tucked in), jeans, belt, and leather shoes.
Now be honest. What do you think is more appropriate? Has the American definition of casual been taken too far?