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Dressed to unimpress

October 25, 2012

BOWMAN

 

MOLLY BOWMAN
Associate Editor

 

The government is slowly inching their way into the closets and drawers of Americans, telling them what they can and cannot wear in public.

 

The city of Shreveport passed Resolution 57 on Oct. 18, an initiative drafted by Commissioner Michael Williams, which encourages business owners to prohibit customers from wearing pajama pants in their places of business, according to ktbs.com.

 

As much as I believe that people should look presentable in public, the government should not be telling us how to dress unless it involves people indecently exposing themselves.

 

I agree with the saggy pants ban that Shreveport enacted in 2004 because some people were exposing parts of their body that needed to be left to the imagination.

 

I find it very inefficient for people to have to hold up their pants that are halfway down their thighs when they can use a belt to hold them up.

 

What makes saggy pants attractive to people, too? I find nothing attractive about having to look at someone’s half-exposed bottom while standing in line at Brookshire’s.

 

And what if they were to trip? They would only have one free hand to catch themselves when they fall from tripping on the bottom of their sagging pants.

 

But for the most part, at least people donning pajama pants are covering their assets. Therefore, the government shouldn’t ban them from public because they see it as unprofessional.

 

If the government starts banning things like pajama pants it will just be a downward slope from there. Pretty soon they will start banning bubble gum in public.

 

Williams has received attention for his views on the issue from well-known websites such as the Wall Street Journal.

 

“The moral fiber in our community is dwindling,” Williams said. “If not now, when? Because it’s pajama pants today, next it will be underwear tomorrow.”

 

I agree with Williams in the respect that Americans do need to start carrying themselves better and looking more presentable.

 

There is a difference between being rushed for time getting ready in the morning and throwing on sweats than just rolling out of the door in your pajamas. Taking an extra 15 seconds and taking your pajamas off is not going to make you significantly more late.

 

Stacy and Clinton from TLC’s “What Not to Wear” would be appalled at the thought of wearing pajama pants in public.

 

If you are wearing pajama pants in public for comfort, then that is no excuse.

 

For anyone who has watched the show, there is always a way to be stylish and comfortable at the same time.

 

I think people in today’s society should try to spend a little more time trying to look presentable. I’m not talking about applying makeup or looking like you just stepped off the runway, but the bare minimum of at least brushing your hair.

 

People need to have a sense of pride in the way they present themselves. It not only gives people a good first impression but it also shows your personality and your attitude.

 

And you don’t have to be dressed up all the time to look presentable, half of your appearance is the way you carry yourself.

 

I feel more confident about myself even when I wear jeans over Nike shorts and tennis shoes.

 

Although I do not agree with the government telling people how to dress, I think the American public needs to take it amongst themselves to put away the snuggie and get out the skirts and slacks.

 

Molly Bowman is a junior journalism major from Shreveport who serves as associate editor for The Tech Talk. Email comments to mmb041@latech.edu.

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