Sunday, July 08, 2007
Question 4: What's up with the jacket?
Christopher asked: "Can ahmadinejad do something about the no tie with a jacket thing? it really doesn't seem to be working."
I could not agree more Christopher. While Iranian women have found a way to look fabulous even in chadors, many men dress like slobs. To be fair, neatly dressed men were harassed in the dark days after the revolution. To be well-groomed was seen as pro-Western. "I had just gotten back from the front," a taxi driver told me (he was referring to the war with Iraq) "when I was arrested for wearing jeans. Can you imagine?" (Now people wear jeans all the time. Things change)
Just as women who work in government jobs or for companies that have a public face wear conservative clothing to work, men do as well. For men that means a colorless shirt, ill-fitting pants, and stubble. No ties allowed: that's for sure.
Still, I often wondered why Iranian men could not find a neater way to show their anti-Western leanings. Why look so dingy all the time?
Now about Ahmadinejad: Let's face it Christopher, the guy's never going to be a fashion icon no matter what he wears. And he isn't going to put on a designer suit: he's a populist not a fashionista. Here look at him in this neat suit jacket:
Or in this headdress:
(Thanks to Kamngir's site for the last pic)
I rest my case.