Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Again With the Sweatpants

Standing in the line at the German grocers, Lidl, today in my sweats and running clothes I was again reminded of an episode of Seinfeld. The one where Jerry chastizes George for wearing sweats in public. He says to him, "You know the message you're sending out to the world with these sweatpants? You're telling the world, 'I give up. I can't compete in normal society. I'm miserable, so I might as well be comfortable."

I knew it was a fashion faux paux here in Stockholm. But I had just finished running and they just feel so good. So comfy. It just seemed like so much effort to go upstairs and change into something more presentable. After all, it was only Lidl.

The truth is, you never see women here out in their sweats. Stockholm women go to some lengths to look nice and they most often do. Young and old alike, they are a well dressed lot. Freshly coiffed hair, made up and I've noticed they often smell really good; like freshly applied potions and lotions. Rarely are they overweight no matter their age. I have learned by observation that middle age spread is certainly not inevitable. I see 50 year old women as fit as 25 year old women.

Additionally, some of the best looking women reside in this city. If I were a single young man, this would be where I come. So much natural blonde beauty in one place, it seems almost unfair that they've been keeping this perfect DNA hidden away up here. I think of all the time and money I could have saved on peroxide over the years if I'd just had a few strands.


  1. Exactly how I felt today! I was getting ready to go to Ica and was about to put on sweatpants. And then I realized that here in Sweden sweatpants shouldn't cross the park's border! I ended up wearing some regular jeans...

  2. hehe. Yes, I have stopped wearing sweats to the stores here in Norway as well.
    Not long ago I ran into my sister-in-law at the store buying comfort food. Her boyfriend was under the weather so they were having a quiet evening at home. Yet she came to the store in clothes you would go out on the town with. Full make up and jewelry. I asked her is she was going anywhere or been anywhere.. but nope, been home all day just relaxing.