Obviously most of us here are somewhat biased towards vintage style. I think it's not so much that good clothes don't exist today, it's that the industry has grown and the variety of designs and materials is much larger, and thus you have to wade through mediocrity to find stuff that is well made and tasteful. When we look at photos of out of work or homeless people from the 'golden' era, they still seem to be quite stylish by today's standards. Is it that the most common items in the stores were a suit, a neutral shirt and a sports coat, and therefore you pretty much couldn't go wrong? I think one might be able to draw parallels with other industries, like commercial art and typography, where there was a specific set of tools and a specific aesthetic and you either knew the craft or you didn't, as opposed to now when anyone can conjure up anything digitally and publish it online for all to see, so the whole thing is saturated and you simply assume that the craft has regressed. I suppose having a lot to choose from here in the West is great but it can also a be quite visually messy. Same goes for relationships, weren't many people in arranged marriages quite content because they just never considered an alternative? What do you think?