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But feel free to prove me wrong. While in other cultures while they may dress differently - I bet the same power dynamic plays out - the people at the top set the ground rules for us little people.
 Even though university degrees are freely available I know very few people with a degree. My daughter-in-law is one.
I’m getting tired of class warfare though, and it goes both ways. We have enough differences that there are better ways to think/talk/write about negative behaviors that doesn’t drop the blame on ME (or ANY cultural group) when I have no control over those traits, but that would take extra effort on the author’s part. I’m afraid to even mention the dreaded TM words because that always leads to lengthy discussions where no one seems to agree, but I think of them similarly.
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In the US, it's definitely down to income (mostly unearned because of the way that tax law is written). Mobility between classes is trivial, but only now in the downward direction.
I was nominally born into what was an upper-middle-class family, the son of a well-educated father and the grandson of an MD. I defied expectations, traditions, advisors, test scores and went into computers. It's paid off well, but I'm getting bloody sick of it, especially the Corporate ********. I've made marks on this world, which is something I would not have had I followed "guidance". For that I am grateful.
In the modern sense, I am a professional who makes his nut based on what he knows, but I identify vastly more with those who work with their hands (as I also do that from time to time, albeit with computers). Thus, I consider myself "working class" when it comes to descriptions. Income-wise, it's a bit different, and my type is squarely in the cross-hairs of the elites, and thanks to the last round of tax "cuts" I wound up forking out four digits to the left of the decimal point (in excess of what the government garnishes) in tax this year (for which I get nothing but more tax bills). The intent, obviously, of that is to drop my class rank -- and that I can never recover from.
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That's right, you got it in one, a Senior Doctor who earns less than a Plumber.
In many respects the concept of "class" varies across the UK let alone the rest of the world.
In terms of clothing there has been one notable phenomenon recently. The Burberry fashion label was adopted, some would say hijacked by a certain sub class element in Britain.
Further back in the seventies, there was the Suedehead Culture which emulated the "City Gent" look for it's own nefarious purposes.
The Burberry Chavs were highly conspicuous while the Suedeheads effectively blended but it is all based on the preconceptions of the beholder and not much else.
Dysfunctionality exists across society, events at home and abroad certainly bear that out regardless of wealth, rank or genetics.
Possibly all three even?
In terms of skirts for guys though, there are some truly egalitarian attractions for me. Ain't no one going to guess my most venerated professional rank when they spot me in a mini and heels. Ha Ha!