A Finland Swede in Bavaria

Thursday, 27 November 2008

Dress code at airports

Airports are great for observing how people dress, even for somebody only moderately interested in fashion, like me. (I am hard to convince to go buy clothes, unless we're talking about a new top for my wife and we're passing the shop anyway).

Today when leaving Kiev, I saw a fascinating choice of colour. It is fairly close to the prejudice from 20 years ago in Finland, about what people would wear in what was then called "the Eastern Block". I wouldn't mention that, if it weren't for the fact that most of those countries are now more fashion conscious than Finland ever was. Just make a comparative study of contemporary Estonia and Finland.

I was reminded of the even more fascinating fashion I had noted in Turkey in November. For particularly festive occasions, male Turkish travellers seem to go on group travel dressed in white towels! I saw some of them in Istanbul in June, and now ieven more of them in Ankara. Hordes and hordes of them in the passport queue. I managed to shoot a snapshot of two of these. I am sure there is a perfectly good reason for travelling in bathtowels, and I have to confess that I am curious to know what that reason is, and where they're going.

But who am I to judge. I haven't even had the common sense to go get a haircut, for a while.

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