1. In an episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm above, Larry David offers some fashion advice and a traveling tip to the guy sitting next to him on a plane — “Try not to wear shorts, it’s not all that attractive to look at.”
2. In this Slate article, J. Bryan Lowder encourages the masses to stop dressing like slobs when they travel:
The primary reason I make the extra effort to plan my travel outfit is because, well, no one else does. Among the cavalcade of pajama pants, tracksuits, nightgowns, painting rags, and ill-fitting sweatshirts that one encounters in the world’s terminals and stations these days, the competently dressed individual stands apart as a beacon of civilized life, an island of class amid a swamp of schlumps. By dressing myself as a decent human being who is aware that he is in public, I like to think I am performing a small act of resistance against the increasingly slobbish status quo.
Alas, the general lack of respect for travel, itself, as a worthwhile human experience, seems to be the root of this lazy dressing phenomenon. Many of us act as if we’re trying to create a private, instantaneous bridge through folded space-time between our bedrooms and our hotel rooms by flying in our pajamas; the bad news is, barring a sudden forward leap in technology, wormhole creation is impossible.
3. One consequence of dressing like slobs, is that it facilitates people behaving like slobs.
Exhibit A: See the photo below (featured before on CD) that I took at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport a few months ago showing a woman lounging with her bare feet up on a public table, while the guy across from her is eating his food!