It's unfortunate that you have to live coastal to see more people understand how to dress and maintain themselves in a more "fashionable" sense in the US. Don't get me wrong, there are some people who really know how to dress, coastal or not. However, there are too many others who either don't know or don't care how they look.
I am not sure exactly when or how it started, but I found a place in this world dressing people. Seeing that woman smile about the new dress she just bought or that new handbag that matches the shoes has sitting in her closet, ready to come alive. If you ever hear anyone say that "clothes don't make a person",well you know that person just doesn't get it. Clothes, shoes and accessories define peoples inner and outer moods. Now, I am not saying that you have to dress to nine all the time, but I do believe there is room for improvement. (a lot of improvement)
faux pas of a place we live in.