America has always been the land of the philistines, a land based on industry and oppressed by a puritanical taste for the mundane, a non-taste. There are of course exceptions. And things have certainly become worse over the years. We could perhaps place a substantial portion of the blame on the brand name phenomenon: people began to care less and less about the actual fit and quality, not to mention cohesiveness of their ensemble, as they became more and more obsessed with being walking advertisement. We can also blame the mega-producers of shoddy garments who inundate us with crap to the point where it's virtually impossible to find a decent fitting garment if you don't live in a major city, although the internet is helping this situation. Great tour d'horizon. As a social scientist manque', I appreciate your insight. Sorry to disappoint, but except for a very few major cities, you will probably be dissatisfied.