there were a few articles in ST today that really made me cringe, this one was one of them
on page S11 of the Saturday section
"1st-world status, flip-flop lifestyle"
One on our dressing being sloppy in Singapore, where the writer compares our tshirts and slippers style to people who don't care and who litter.
I think that the analogy between slippers and littering is a big stretch. I think that using our dress sense as an analogy for a "clueless national character" is the craziest generalisation I have ever heard.
I also think that the constant comparison between the dress sense of Singaporeans and other countries tends to narrow-minded and lacking in understanding.
It would be easy to dismiss the Indians for wearing sarongs and sandals, and to simply assume that a certain kind of dressing is more appropriate than others based on the precedent set by other countries (mainly western) is disappointing.
Even within the category of shorts, t-shirts and slippers there are different levels of quality and aesthetic (a $300 t-shirt from Bathing Ape and a $8 Baleno t-shirt have different meaning).
A simple generalisation of this style of dressing reveals a level of journalistic laziness that is astounding.