Back 'in the day' there was a lot more social pressure to 'dress appropriately'. Everyone basically bought into the notion of how one was supposed to dress, and they did it. Yes, a poor man's (only) suit would be of poor quality (although he'd put a premium on durability) and probably rather ill-fitting, but it'd be a suit.
In the "old days" average people (that is, the non-wealthy) spent a lot more of their total income on a lot fewer items of clothing. In part, they had no choice as the world was not yet flooded with incredibly cheap stuff made overseas and sold at Walmart, and in part it was a different mentality ... people looked for durability in their clothing, and there was an acceptance of wearing the same clothing very frequently that we do not have today ... the sarcastic "didn't you wear that yesterday?" is a new phenomenon.
Originally Posted by ZackP
I remember going on a vacation to Vegas with a couple buddies back in 2005 or so ... and being struck by the omnipresent slobbishness of the people I saw there. This was on the strip, and no doubt 95% of the people I saw were on vacation like me ... so I'm not expecting suit & tie (although that'd be cool ... we can all get dressed up and live out our "cool Rat Pack Vegas" dreams in lounge suits, fedoras, and givin' a damn ... ) but "nice casual" are no longer words that go together apparently.
Originally Posted by GrimmFu
I don't know when or how apathy became cool, but I believe it is affecting much more of our society than might be expected.
But I think it now goes deeper than that. Hard-core individualism has taken over as a quasi-religion in much of modern society (at least western society ... I cannot speak for the rest of the world ...) to such an extent that otherwise-right-thinking people get highly upset if you start talking about how there are or ought to be standards for dress ... "how dare you (or anyone) tell me how I ought to dress" ... as if they've just had their moral fibre called into question. Start a thread here about how it'd be nice if everyone took their hats off when they sit down at a restaurant "just like in the good old days" and the arguments lead to thread-lock.
One more thing there ... nowadays, we are conditioned to not want to wear the same stuff over and over again. And it's not just about keeping up with fashion (although that doesn't help ), we just get bombarded with so much advertising and urgings to buy that we're just not satisfied with owning a few things ... we have to have a lot of things. (How many of you own ONE razor, ONE brush, ONE shave soap, and ONE aftershave ... the way all our grandfathers did?)
Originally Posted by Matt S
And then, we have the post-war phenomenon of having some third-world country/ies out there ready, willing and able to make mountains of cheap crap to satiate our current desire to own a bunch of new stuff. Depending on how old you are, you will remember back when "Made in Japan", "Made in Hong Kong", and "Made in Taiwan" all had the same "this is cheap crap" connotation that "Made in China" now does.
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