I've long believed that what clothes you wear -- and how you wear them -- is an extension of your personal philosophy. It's not a question of money, but the choices you make. Even those of modest means -- and I fall into this category -- can make a statement about who they are by what they wear. Unfortunately most people don't have a personal philosophy -- or at least a coherent personal philosophy -- and that's why you see bling-bling (I hate even typing those words, much less saying them aloud) so dominant today. Many have nothing to say so they say it with the shallowness of labels. That probably didn't make too much sense. I've been trying to formulate a coherent essay about clothing and philosophy for a long time -- not that anyone would publish it. Most magazines long ago abandoned the notion that clothes are important enough to actually think
about. Today it's all about the buying, not the exploration. Or perhaps I'm over-intellectualizing this. I've been accused of too-much thinking about mundane matters plenty of times.
To be frank, I think your disdain for "bling bling" (which I am not too fond of myself), goes too far and is really a brand of elitism which tries to distinguish yourself as being superior to others. Not only are you over intellectualizing the matter, it really looks as if you are writing this as part of a petition for your admission into some type of old money club or something. Have you perhaps considered why Chavs dress the way they do? Have you considered why Louis Vuitton and Bentley has risen to a point where they are so idolized by the mass population? I am fortunate enough to not know from my own perspective why, but when you consider that for centuries the "bling bling" market were on the outside of the priviledged world looking in, you can at least appreciate why such vehement brand recognition is present in today's society. A LV handbag is like a point of arrival, an assertion of ones success, that not only the rich old lady who married into money can have one. In the 60s, Mods started dressing like the elite classes to assert their own position as not being inferior. You have to look past how sad it is to be sporting the Burberry novachek and the classic LV monogram. There is something beyond the initial blatant materialism and vapidiness of it all. I do not participate in any of that, however, I can at least understand those my age who choose to wear such things. The LV monogram is a much more visible statement which publically states that one has reached a certain point of success. Initially I think it's dumb, but then I stop to think where it's comming from and I keep my fortunate, "well cultivated" mouth shut.