Great reads from economic and sociopolitical perspectives. Interestingly I see this behavior from a different angle since my background is psychology. There are levels of group-think and selective sampling which goes on that makes owning a large number or expensive clothing more acceptable. The mean/bar is set high so certain level of excessiveness may not recognized as out of the norm. Another factor is masculine ideologies. Men are raised and socialized to be better, more successful, and competitive. This can manifest is lots of behaviors, in SF's case, greater number/more expensive clothes. Is spending thousands of dollars for a pair of shoes bad? One of my expertise is in addiction and it is noteworthy to point out that diagnostically, we do not rely on how much or how often to come to certain diagnoses. We instead make a determination as to how much the behavior(s) causes distress to one's self and others and impact on level of functioning (obviously looking at numerous criteria). Please understand I am not implying buying clothes is pathological, but I thought it would be interesting to introduce non-fiscal factors into the discussion. Sorry if my writing is bad I did this on my phone.