What an extraordinary interesting article about such everyday things. Moreover, the content of your article confirms what I have believed for a very long time.
Because I think that we live in a world where everyone tries to enchant everyone every day. Some are better in it than others, some are worse. But the best ones participate in an efficient system.
It is the great enchantment system, in which words are spells to guide and control others. "Appropriate" clothing obviously falls into the role of symbolic sorceries.
An truly spellbound World!
Perhaps I've expressed it a little too fantastically, but in a basic principle it seems to me the reality. Or maybe in other words, Social Control! We all do it with each other, against each other and very often also for ourselves.
The aspect of clothing you described in your post might just be a consequence of that.
Thank you very much for this great piece of reading material.