September 15, 2004

High fashion is the antithesis of practicality, and thus a visual "measure" of one's social standing.

Business suits and thin belly shirts cannot support knapsacks or any significant attaché cases: heavier items kept with the person in transit are stored instead in the automobile ... which implies the automobile. Business and formal shoes are not only not intended for any kind of extended walking, generations of people (especially women) have crippled themselves wearing not only those kinds of shoes but often in deliberately too small a size, in an act of self-abuse not all that different from foot-binding. Travelling with all the accoutrements of a fashionable wardrobe itself expands the number of suitcases to beyond practicality.

In this context, what may in fact contain far less cloth actually costs more money, for it is not the cloth that one really pays for, but the message its wearing projects. The net visual message sent is that the highly fashionable person is of too high a social class, or too wealthy, or both, to concern themselves with the physical cost simply of everyday walking. (That is what an athletic centre is for ... and, predictably, there are appropriate outfits designed especially for that purpose.)

As with so many other things in our lives, another vicious cycle: and as such, mainstream society has no incentive whatsoever to break out of it of its own accord.

Excellent, that was really well explained and helpful
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