I'd quibble with a lot of the details, but I think it's not bad for someone who has decided, for whatever reason, that they have to start wearing grown up clothes, but who doesn't want to spend much money or time on them. Some will graduate to a real love of clothing, and will spend more of both in the future. Some won't. The problem is that men who come from a background that doesn't include well-dressed men have no idea how to dress (full disclosure, I come from that sort of background, and it took me a while to figure out just the basics; luckily I have a certain amount of discretionary money to waste onh mistakes, cause the things I wore eight years ago are painful to contemplate)- and I mean _no_ idea. They often turn to female relatives, in the mistaken belief that women have such an instinctive understanding of clothing (reinforced by the fact that many women believe this as well- I'm reminded of a Robert Heinlein quote about women and sex that I'll [with some difficulty] refrain from posting on this board; it's from the book Glory Road if you care to look it up) that they can help even if they don't know much about men's clothing. No offense intended to women who do understand men's clothing. It's just that many don't. It took a while to convince my Mom, who sews a fair bit of her own clothing, and has a real love of clothing, that it really was OK to leave the bottom button on a jacket unbuttoned. A good friend of mine, in his late thirties, just acquired his first suit. It was a gift from his mother's partner. I wish he'd talked to me first. If he had he would probably not have wound up with a black microfiber suit for $800.00. I'm sure it is a very nice black microfiber suit (haven't seen it yet), but it's a bad choice for a first (or fourth, for that matter) suit, particularly as it was a gift that I think might have been meant to goad him into seeking slightly more professional work. I can't, in good conscience, let him know that I think it was a poor buy, but I hope to have some input into his next suit purchase- for $800.00 I think I could find him something really nice, in a fabric appropriate for entry-level business wear. I'd rather wear ripped jeans and a baseball cap (and I don't wear baseball caps at all, and ripped jeans rarely) than an $800.00 microfiber suit. This guide is ridiculous for people reading this board, but in most parts of the country it would put men between the ages of 18 and 40 into the top decile, at least, of the male population. Even in the rather snobbish Brooklyn Heights neigborhood I recently left (about a block from the promenade- of course a lot of people in that neighborhood rely on the well established principle that the very wealthy are allowed to dress very badly) it would put you into the top quartile. That Olive Garden guy decide to change careers, or just dress differently. I don't think he's beyond hope, but I think that hitting him with too much information is likely counter-productive. This article is not a bad compromise.