Originally Posted by CBrown85
Sincere question- is it possible to be in the middle-middle class or lower-middle class and be well dressed? I'm noticing a pattern with foo's posts (not so much with manton) that unless one 'commissions' their clothing they're an asshole who doesn't care about aesthetics.
For instance, can I get my jackets from Suit Supply and my trousers from Brooks Brothers and still be considered 'well-dressed' or should I quit while I'm ahead. Likewise, can I put on a pair of APCs and a white tshirt on a Saturday and be considered a good person?
Two things: (1) from personal experience, both with clothing and other things, I strongly believe you generally get what you pay for, and (2) I make no assumptions about anyone's financial wherewithal. Thus, yes, the optimal solution is often to get a better tailor. Now, if someone tells me that's not feasible, it's one thing. As a community, I think we should try to address everyone's situation regardless of their means. But I also think there should be no illusion that you can easily spend much less to get as much as what another spends much more to obtain. To dress well, you need to have an eye for detail and nuance--so, telling yourself "oh it's all the same," which happens a lot when people don't want to believe nicer things tend to cost more, is something to be avoided.