This is a chicken-egg thing---people aren't dressing poorly because they aren't spending enough money on their clothes. They aren't spending as much on their clothes because they don't care enough to dress well. The amount they spend, their attention to fit, and to the appropriateness of their attire (often "the rules") is merely symptomatic of that. Agree. The malls are full of people with shopping bags of new clothes. My mom and dad spent their retirement going to outlet malls buying the cheapest clothes and shoes ('Comfy'-this, Walk-on-clouds'- that, as often as possible. Peoples closets are full of stuff they've been deluded into thinking wears well or worse, confers 'class'. The masses have been brainwashed into believing that 'brand' trumps all. The worst part is that a great part of the $$ mis-spent is on crap like Harley Davidson boots/watches/clothing.