The so-called upper orders are always more conservative than the masses, meaning that they are prepared to ‘go that extra mile’, with good reason. For if they weren’t, they wouldn’t be on top for long. Therefore while they encourage the proletariat to take the easier, more convenient course, like dressing in T-shirts, they themselves make sure they keep to button-up shirts, with ties and buttoned jackets and/or coats, never zipper jackets.
To the proletariat, who do dress casually and, from their own standpoint, in a convenient and even hip or trendy manner, the bourgeoisie and their aristocratic counterparts appear conservative and ‘old hat’, even outdated and old-fashioned, since their habitual mode of attire is hardly ‘hip’.
But, of course, it constitutes the ability to ‘go that extra mile’, the sort of mile the ‘best schools’, whether public or private, tend to encourage. For if you aren’t capable of ‘putting yourself out’, ‘going the extra mile’, and generally making life difficult for yourself, as for others or, at any rate, certain others, you won’t be ‘on top’ for long.
These people are conservative, in dress code as in so many other respects, because they are tough, both physically and mentally, and have to remain so in order to govern and/or rule. Casual this and that, which makes life easier if superficially predictable, is not for them. They are not ‘mate’ but ‘sir’, not ‘love’ but ‘madam’, and they strive to inspire fear in order to remain ‘on top’ in that predatory manner which has nothing whatsoever to do with Christian or more than Christian (superchristian) values, but is fundamentally heathen in its secular aloofness from such values, closer to the eagle than to the dove.