"The sluggish economy is playing a role, too. Higher gas and food costs and fiscal uncertainties have clearly made both men and women cut back on in-today, out-tomorrow trends. But the threat of layoffs has also forced many employees to dress more formally as a way to hold on to their jobs and look more serious, Cohen said. Women can go back to their closets to find dressier and classic alternatives, but men now have a reason to buy."

via twentysomethingtales.