Simmel sees fashion as one integrating facets of their personality such that societal norms are maintained, yet, everyone is unique in what they are wearing. An example of this is how those who are from Irish decent wear claddagh rings – a ring with two hands holding a heart, or those of Middle Eastern descent wear traditional scarves to cover themselves. Because America is a country composed of immigrants, an individual may want to express their roots while adapting to typical American style by wearing things like jeans, flip flops, and t-shirts.
It is also interesting to note how fashion does act as a barrier between classes. You will never see someone who is destitute wearing Chanel or Gucci or a rich person wearing tattered clothing (unless of course it is ripped jeans that were deliberately ripped and purchased). The important part about this though is that many rich people will not display their wealth with labels all over their clothing but those of similar status will know what they are wearing when they see it. Those who cannot afford to spend as much money on a suit can buy something very similar in Jc Penney or Macy’s at a much more reasonable price. But if they opt to go for a luxury designer, they will buy something and flaunt it to everyone they meet.