“fare la bella figura” is the italian expression for being immaculate and making a good impression. well, there’s more than that, but anyone who has ever seen the metrosexual look will understand what i mean even if they don’t understand the expression.
so, apparently North American culture is overly casual for people accustomed to this life. they would say that we don’t show respect for the situations…i would argue that there is a larger cultural difference at play. North American culture is a commuter culture. What i wear out the door is what i will be wearing all day. I cannot come home at lunch and touch-up or change. i already get up at 6 in the morning if i want to be at the office for 8h30, i do not have time to blow-dry my hair every morning – particularly not when there has been a snowstorm and every minute counts. Europeans consider travelling across a city to be a long distance. As always, i think cultural differences come down to geography and not culture.