Originally Posted by becnal
Dressing well means something, whether we admit it or not. It means we respect ourselves and care enough to present ourselves well, whether it's going to work or going shopping. When going out someplace special, we dress well also to show respect for our companion as well as the other guests present.
It takes no more "effort" to wear nice clothing than sloppy clothing. Lacing up wingtips is no more difficult than lacing up sneakers. Pulling on nice trousers is no more arduous than pulling on sweatpants.
Not dressing well tells the world the wearer is either lazy, or doesn't care. Neither is my goal. If that makes me a snob, so be it.
I hear you, but what does "dressing well" mean, and how do you determine whether a person has put "effort" into doing it? You can't answer either of those questions without starting with "I think." It seems like you're associating dressing "well" with wingtips and trousers and not dressing "well" with sneakers and sweatpants. That's fine, and some people will again, but it's still just an opinion. People get along just fine without wingtips and trousers. Some of them probably make better livings than a lot of us do and are more well respected.
How other people dress usually doesn't handicap me, so whether it's believable or not, I literally don't pay much attention to what other guys wear (outside of entertainment). It's not because I'm trying to make a point or be "Captain Nonjudgmental." It's because I just don't care about what another man is wearing. Why would I?...it's a man.
I do pay attention to what the attractive women around me wear, but that's more for personal stimulation than for philosophical reasons.