Here’s my fashion advice – put some clothes on


A man orders food at McDonald’s in Liverpool. Source: The Daily Telegraph

BACK in 1837, Hans Christian Andersen penned a tale about a vain emperor who was tricked into believing he was wearing clothes when he was really roaming about starkers.

If only Andersen could have seen how his fable would be transformed into real life.

Recently, I observed a young man walk into McDonald’s wearing nothing but underpants.

Yep, underpants. Bonds-style lycra trunks to be exact – as if he were impersonating Pat Rafter, only without the chiselled physique, good looks and charm.

No shoes or thongs. No shirt. No hat. No beach towel for modesty. And clearly no manners.

Not only did Mr Underpants and his equally barefooted mate chat amongst themselves like they were on the couch playing FIFA 13, the McDonald’s staff didn’t bat an eyelid. Far from making a quick getaway to escape the humiliation of exposing yourself in a “family restaurant”, the duo ate at their leisure.

Before you go down the path of “this must have happened near a beach or somewhere in Europe“, think again. It was Liverpool in southwest Sydney, more than 40km from Bondi beach. And it was 9am. On a weekday.

Time and time again I’ve seen young women wearing singlets slashed so low at the sides that it puts them at serious risk of a fallout malfunction. Or wearing bikinis as tops at any given music festival, regardless of the lack of a beach, pool or Slip ‘n Slide.

And the dreadful tights-as-pants trend that just won’t die.

We all get it, you people think you’re hot, despite the all too common presence of man-handles and muffin-tops.

Consider this a public service announcement as I explain to you where underwear belongs: under your clothes. There’s a clue in the name. Do not wear underwear as outerwear outside the house.

As for shoes, always, everywhere, they must be worn. Think of all the crap you’re walking in barefoot.

Let’s give the flesh-flashing a rest. Unless you really are Pat Rafter. Then you can go everywhere in your undies.

Melissa Matheson

By:Journalist Melissa Matheson: “We all get it, you people think you’re hot.” Picture: Adam TaylorSource: The Daily Telegraph


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Big city fella, Born and Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. Lived in New York (a part time New Yorker) for three years . I have lived in the Sacramento area since 1993. When I first moved here, I hated it. Initially found the city too conservative for my tastes. A great place to raise children however too few options for adults . The city has grown up, there is much to do here. The city suffers from low self esteem in my opinion, locals have few positive words to say about their hometown. visitors and transplants are amazed at what they find here. From, the grand old homes in Alkali Flats, and the huge trees in midtown, there are many surprises in Sacramento. Theater is alive is this area . And finally ,there is a nightlife... In.downtown midtown, for the young and not so young. My Criticism is with local government. There is a shortage of visionaries in city hall. Sacramento has long relied on the state, feds and real estate for revenue. Like many cities in America,Downtown Sacramento was the hub of activity in the area. as the population moved to the suburbs and retail followed. The city has spent millions to revive downtown. Today less than ten thousand people live downtown. No one at city hall could connect the dots. Population-Retail. Business says Sacramento is challenging and many corporations have chosen to set up operations outside the cities limits. There is vision in the burbs. Sacramento has bones, there are many good pieces here, leaders seem unable or unwilling to put those pieces together into. Rant aside, I love it here. From the trees to the rivers. But its the people here that move me. Sacramento is one of the most integrated cities in America. I find I'm welcome everywhere. The spices work in this city of nearly 500,000 and for the most part these spices blend well together. From Ukrainians to Hispanics and a sizable gay community, all the spices seem to work well here. I frequently travel and occasionally I will venture into a city with huge racial borders, where its unsafe to visit after certain hours. I haven't found it here. I cant imagine living in a community where there is one hue or one spice. I love the big trees, Temple Coffee House, the Alhambra Safeway, Zelda's Pizza, Bicyclist in Midtown, The Mother Lode Saloon, Crest Theater, and the Rivers. I could go on and I might. Sacramento is home.

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