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I spent 6 months in the USA and I was a bit shocked by the way a lot of people dressed. Only weird people would go to university wearing tracksuits and flip-flops with greasy hair in France. And people in Walmart...
 

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I spent 6 months in the USA and I was a bit shocked by the way a lot of people dressed. Only weird people would go to university wearing tracksuits and flip-flops with greasy hair in France. And people in Walmart...

I think there are some pronounced differences... and I'm sure, with a country the size of the USA, there are pronounced differences over there even in terms of region to region within the US. The most pronounced difference I've seen from London, to be honest, in my limited travels in the USA (Vegas, Boston (Cambridge area), NYC, Washington DC), is the sheer number of grown men in short trousers. Not that it doesn't happen in Ireland & Britain, but to nowhere near the level I saw in Washington last June, nor on men of the age and generation (40s and up) whom I saw commonly sporting them in DC. Cultural difference, I suppose. On the flipside, while the Yanks seem to dress down more commonly, I have the impression they are also (at least in the cities) a little more likely to dress up for a night out than the average man in the UK. I say "man" deliberately here, as I so often see couples out for dinner / out on the town over here where she will have made quite an effort to dress nicely ad appropriately, while he appears to regard Jeremy Clarkson as some sort of fashion god.
 

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Edward -- Joe says people wear shorts here more because it is way hotter. We can reach up to 110 degrees in the summer even in the Northeast. Joe told me in England summer is 90 degrees on a "hot" day and hardly anyone has an air conditioner. Joe says here in America air conditioners are almost a must!

Of course, I've only been to England in September, December, and January, but we're planning a trip first week of July. I guess I'll see for myself just how unhot it is there ;)
 
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I say "man" deliberately here, as I so often see couples out for dinner / out on the town over here where she will have made quite an effort to dress nicely ad appropriately, while he appears to regard Jeremy Clarkson as some sort of fashion god.

JC ISN'T a fashion god????

Thank heavens I follow Captain Slow's sartorial lead....
 

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Edward -- Joe says people wear shorts here more because it is way hotter. We can reach up to 110 degrees in the summer even in the Northeast. Joe told me in England summer is 90 degrees on a "hot" day and hardly anyone has an air conditioner. Joe says here in America air conditioners are almost a must!

Of course, I've only been to England in September, December, and January, but we're planning a trip first week of July. I guess I'll see for myself just how unhot it is there ;)

I suppose it's all relative... I find anything much above 25C unbearably hot (my ideal is 18C), but equally I've been in DC and Beijing in June, and Bangalore in late May, and never felt the need for shorts. I'm not convinced they are necessary, as opposed to a decent linen or cotton trouser of an appropriate weight, but a lot of folks certainly seem to prefer them.
 

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Edward -- Joe says people wear shorts here more because it is way hotter. We can reach up to 110 degrees in the summer even in the Northeast. Joe told me in England summer is 90 degrees on a "hot" day and hardly anyone has an air conditioner. Joe says here in America air conditioners are almost a must!

Well, I've never been to the US so I can't say anything about what people wear there, but people living in Greece, Italy and Spain don't necessarily wear shorts a lot and it gets plenty hot there at times. I wouldn't say everyone has AC there either. Maybe they wish they did, but they don't. Also, I don't think shorts are cooler than long linen trousers. On the contrary, actually.

Not saying it's wrong to wear shorts, just that it's not a necessity...
 

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I think there are some pronounced differences... and I'm sure, with a country the size of the USA, there are pronounced differences over there even in terms of region to region within the US.

Yes, I was in New Orleans, so maybe not the smartest city in the USA.

Talking about the UK. I spent a year in Swansea, a lot of girls wore yoga pants and UGGs boots with fake tan, fake nails, fake blond hair. And when they dressed up for night most of them wore ultra mini skirts, very tight tops etc.


I hope I don't sound condescending.


Talking about couples going out for dinner, I hope my fiancé makes more efforts to dress up. He loves the way men on this forum dress but he doesn't know how to do to get a vintage/smart look, where to start; moreover, he wears a uniform all the day long so he likes to relax when he can.

I I had a look on google to see who was Jeremy Clarkson. I kew him (my roomates in the UK used to love Top Gear) but I didn't know his name :D
 

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You're not weird! Or wait...maybe you are...I guess that would mean I was weird, too. Which I am. So...

(I wish it was 15C and raining all day, everyday. But what do I know?)

So come to France, it has been raining and cold (for me 15C is cold) for a week now :D
 

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Despite not wearing shorts as much, men in the UK tend to take their shirts off whenever the first sunray hits and/or it hits 14 degrees C and above- I've lived here for seven years and it still drives me insane. Who wants to push past pasty, half naked men in the middle of town? Especially since men in much hotter climates manage to keep their clothes on.
 

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...Talking about couples going out for dinner, I hope my fiancé makes more efforts to dress up. He loves the way men on this forum dress but he doesn't know how to do to get a vintage/smart look, where to start; moreover, he wears a uniform all the day long so he likes to relax when he can...

Aha! Perfect!

Send him to some of the following links. Once he starts getting his hands dirty, he won't be able to stop!

Putting It All Together
The Big Suit Room Sticky
Hair Cuts
Fedoras Afield: Images of Fedoras Worn Town & Country
 

Edward

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My ideal is 15C and rain, but then I'm weird.

Well, I was talking High Summer. For June, 15C and rain would be very nice. I'd go down at least 15 degrees for the Winter, though. ;)

Yes, I was in New Orleans, so maybe not the smartest city in the USA.

Certainly sounds like a fun town, though!

Talking about the UK. I spent a year in Swansea, a lot of girls wore yoga pants and UGGs boots with fake tan, fake nails, fake blond hair. And when they dressed up for night most of them wore ultra mini skirts, very tight tops etc.

Sounds about right for a certain type, yes. The interesting thing to me, though, is that while they might be... lacking in class... on a night out, they still seem to make a distinct effort that is noticeably different, whereas an awful lot of men show up everywhere in exactly the same thing, dress (down) to the same level everywhere.


Talking about couples going out for dinner, I hope my fiancé makes more efforts to dress up. He loves the way men on this forum dress but he doesn't know how to do to get a vintage/smart look, where to start; moreover, he wears a uniform all the day long so he likes to relax when he can.

I see that a lot. Of all the men I've known over the years who have an enforced dress code at work, it is much more common for them to want to dress down at other times than for those of us who have much more freedom that way. Understandable, I suppose.


Despite not wearing shorts as much, men in the UK tend to take their shirts off whenever the first sunray hits and/or it hits 14 degrees C and above- I've lived here for seven years and it still drives me insane. Who wants to push past pasty, half naked men in the middle of town? Especially since men in much hotter climates manage to keep their clothes on.

lol That's certainly true. Where I went to school you would typically see this type of creature appear as soon as the temperature hit double digits. Typically the shirtless pastiness in such cases was augmented by poor-quality tattoos sporting various paramilitary designs. Unsavoury, to say the least! I've never understood the mindset in Western cultures that pushes people to wear as little as possible in the harmful rays of the Sun. Clearly they have learned nothing from the manner of dress of those cultures in which people face extremes of temperature year round...
 

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The biggest hurdle for any guy, IMO, is worrying that other people will take the pee, that he'll look like he's in fancy dress, or like he's made too much of an effort, or whatever. From what I have gathered from others, much less inveterate non-daters than myself, having the classy lady with whom he spends time making it clear to a young man how much she appreciates his new look helps an awful lot in getting it to stick / convincing him it's "okay".
 

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So come to France, it has been raining and cold (for me 15C is cold) for a week now :D

We had several inches of snow this weekend. But I'll take that over 25°C any day.

8°C - 15°C and a slight drizzle... That's what I like. And yes, I have considered moving to Iceland :D
 

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The biggest hurdle for any guy, IMO, is worrying that other people will take the pee, that he'll look like he's in fancy dress, or like he's made too much of an effort, or whatever. From what I have gathered from others, much less inveterate non-daters than myself, having the classy lady with whom he spends time making it clear to a young man how much she appreciates his new look helps an awful lot in getting it to stick / convincing him it's "okay".
That is true! Since I started wearing only dresses or skirts a few years ago my husband has completely changed his style and sometimes comes out already looking nice but then goes back to change again as he considers himself looking scruffy next to me. It has even spread to some of our friends when we go out for dinner with them. His colleagues still make fun of him if he wears a hat, or when he started wearing a full beard, but he says he only worries about my opinion. Goes both ways though.
 

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