For most of human existence, there have been rules and regulations unbreakable, without facing serious complications, and eventually societal dismissal to a large degree, ultimately ending in the loss of status, and potentially, of property, or even, of life. Perhaps the single most class conscious age we know, was the Victorian.
We are moving, as I said, into an entirely new version of the Attire language. This newer version knows less about class, culture, or sexuality. It acknowledges less of the barriers between us, and more of the things that connect us. I will fully acknowledge that at the moment, it does so mostly unconsciously. The hipsters who wear jewelry from some nation they have never visited, because its cool, don't understand what they do, but they are taking part in spreading the global view of Attire. The women who have chosen to eschew the traditions of feminine apparel move things forward, not realizing that they do. The edgy fellows who have taken the Utilikilt to themselves don't understand, mostly, that they are advancing a global version of Attire as a language we can all speak equally.
The change is a simple one, brought forth by two massive societal shifts. One, is world wide transport within a day. A person can circumnavigate the globe in 24 hours; so things from anywhere on earth could be in your hands, literally, tomorrow. The other is the internet, bringing thoughts, ideas, and imagery to everyone. Want a Tibetan made garment? Go online and buy it. Want to understand what the people of Mali wear today? Just ask Siri. We have suddenly found ourselves in the possession of the sum total of human experience.
What gives me hope is the endless creativity of the human person. We have seemingly limitless abilities to go beyond the boundaries of what we now know, and place ourselves into uncharted, but exciting realms.
I count myself fortunate that I am yet young enough, that I will see some of these changes flower fully.