An Economist Takes a Shot at Explaining why Americans Tend to Dress Badly...
I call BS. People in Europe (yes, even some Italians) dress like shit for the most part. Especially the young ones look like the same as their American counterparts in skate/surf/sports attire.
Middle aged people in a normal/more formal work environment wear shoes like this:
Being European, I don't think the difference is as big as depicted in that blog.
I didn't read the article, but my best friend and I visited London for a week and a half about a year ago. Both of us were very impressed by the way the London men dressed. Every place we went, we looked obviously dressed down in our jeans and casual shirts.
My assumption is that a lot of these guys were at the local watering hole right after work, but man, a significant percentage of them looked very sharp.
I don't necessarily agree with the autho, but one thing I notice is the lack of events requiring a suit in american social life. An american male can go through life today only wearing a tuxedo for their wedding and/or funeral. Social affairs are almost never black tie anymore and even churches have gone casual with even clergy rarely wearing suits. Remember casual Fridays, anyone?
One benefit today, is being the only man in a suit makes it much easier to pick up the fairest girl at an event or gathering.