Thursday, February 3, 2011

Fashion Foolish

It's unfortunate that we live in a world that judges a book by its cover. Yes, people almost always look at how a person is dressed and from that assessment an opinion, of that person, is formed. Now, I haven't taken South African soccer players seriously for a long time. Especially when it emerged that they sometimes resort to mercenary tactics and mutinous actions, because they believed they were not being paid their just due. For me it's about respect and love for your country first. Remuneration, benefits and incentives should come second. My flippant attitude towards these sportsmen was only heightened last week when former two time PSL player of the year winner, Teko Modise, attended a press briefing to announce his departure from Orlando Pirates to Mamelodi Sundowns, in the pictured ensemble.

You know, I 'm all for pushing the boundaries and experimenting with sartorial styles, however business needs to be respected because there is a time and place for everything. When you're at a meeting with your soon former boss to announce your departure, you have to do it with style and grace. Be stylish, polished and presentable in your appearance. Gracious and humble in manner and behaviour. You don't want to burn bridges. The clown look does not work, nor does it endear you with the general populace. This fashion faux pas is going to take people a long time to get over because, frankly, we still aren't over how Modise's game has tanked since the FIFA World Cup. There's many places one can dress up as Kid Cudi and get away with it, a press briefing is not one of them.

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