I'm either elegant (fine wool, silk, cashmere, expensive shoes, top leather) or thug (jeans, thermal and some tims or sneakers). I don't do "preppy", polo shirts or docker shorts or shirts. If it looks like I could wear it to some casual corporate function, I don't own it. There isn't much in between for me, except summer. I make em both look good.
I don't care what the label says when it comes to elegant...I touch it first. If it doesn't please my tactile senses, I go no further, label be damned.
But no clothing discussion here is complete without a comment about sizing. Armani is cut for little boys, but I did manage to find an A/X thermal that fits me. But generally, they make clothes for little boys. I tried on some A/X jeans and got my leg halfway down and no further. Too many designers just don't cater to bigger guys. Most don't go 2x or it's hard to find.