Comfort vs. Elegance

“… during the days of the Raj, everyone dressed immaculately in layers, in steaming conditions in that subcontinent.  And they all looked pretty dignified to me.  Yet we have all become rather sloppy in our dress sense, mistaking casualness for comfort, and conflating comfort with elegance.  I just can’t help thinking how elegantly people dressed in the old days.  They must think that we are now all pansies, demanding air-conditioning everywhere–and worse, for slobs who shuffle around in open shoes.” 

–Sir David Tang, in Financial Times, January 21-22 2012 edition, responding to a question on whether one can wear sandals or flip-flops in hot weather and retain one’s dignity.

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