Originally Posted by Soph
--- LK, seems you've researched on the psychology of certain sectors of society's men actually finding dismay in taking care of themselves; I would be quite interested in a post on your thoughts/psychology of current US menswear and why men do or do not dress well. Is this uncouth dress strictly a US subculture mentality Why has this come to play per se?
It seems it's strictly a question of "egalitarianism", and slouching standards. The former is a sort of inherent American attitude, which really hit its stride after the Hippy Revolution, and achieved its existence in the late '70s with feminism, and other PostModernist situations. Even with the tacky lounge suits, polyester suits, etc. of the '70s, there was still an expectation of looking suitable for occassions. The latter seems to be reflective of the American notion of being the supreme nation, and demographic so they feel they can justify anything thus slouching standards. Which is why the world tends to follow sloppiness. Also, post Stonewall, many men are afraid of being perceived as gay, which is especially apparent with being well-dressed in a sea of sloppiness that is current thought--quite the opposite of a subculture. In fact, subcultural entities usually pay much more attention to their overall look especially the retro types.