The following quote from yesterday’s NY Times article about class in Nantuckett piqued my interest:
On the sidewalks, class speaks through clothes. "The old money wears Lily Pulitzer, J. McLaughlin and C K Bradley," said one saleswoman, who wanted her name withheld to avoid offending customers. "They wear gold hoops, and if they buy new jewelry it is pearls or they upgrade their diamond rings. The new money wears Juicy Couture, Calypso and big necklaces.
I never heard of any of these brands, and this got me slightly worried. What if I couldn’t tell them apart? What if I was giving off crass nouveau riche signals by wearing Juicy Couture inspired clothes?
I turns out that I had nothing to worry about.
Juicy Couture Seaside Logo Tee, $88
That, my friends, is a low class garment being sold at a jacked up price. It looks like something you might buy for $5 at Seaside Heights, NJ.
It violates two very important class rules:
(1) It has words on it. Big words (“big” referring to the size of the lettering and not the difficulty of the vocabulary).
(2) It’s a t-shirt.
Perhaps you’re thinking that I chose the worst example of Juicy Couture for the purpose of making a point? Well you might be right, but trust me, the rest of the men’s clothing line is almost as bad.
That someone is paying $88 for this t-shirt demonstrates that a person can have a lot of money without having the least bit of class. The person who buys this t-shirt is only buying it because it costs a lot of money.
J. McLaughlin Northport Button Down, $110
Here we see a classic preppy shirt in today’s trendy colors of pink and green.
Pink is an especially interesting color in men’s clothing. You can’t really wear pink when you are going to be interacting with regular people. The lower classes don’t like men who wear pink. They think it looks gay.
It’s too bad there are no J. McLaughlin stores in the Washington, DC area. I guess this demonstrates that DC is a lower class city than New York. The next time I’m in New York I know where I’m going shopping.