Also, clothes cost money. As wages have stagnated and the cost of living rises with each year it becomes less practical for more people to spend money on suits and fancy clothes instead of rent, food, student loans, and the rest. Vanity and fashion tend to take a back seat to basic necessities/self care. Anecdotally speaking, I know that many men appreciate a woman that dresses comfortably (it’s possible to dress comfortably with being a mustard smeared slob) … High heels are ridiculous and harmful to the very bone structure of one’s feet… yet around the same time men were wearing suits everyday women were being asked to wear high heels — think about the portrait of the perfect homemaker, vacuuming in high heels.
“Once you can accept the universe as matter expanding into nothing that is something, wearing stripes with plaid comes easy.” — — Albert Einstein on fashion
Also “fashion” tends to be quite Euro-centric and classist at that)