Western society was broken up in estates. These estates were the Church, the Nobility and Peasantry. Imagine contemporary western society has now been divided into three estates. I would say that it will be broken up as follows: the Political class, the Wealthy class and the Working class. Although we lived in the same country we were broken down into estates. The Political class, were considered the “law makers”. This included the President of the United States, Judges, lawyers and anyone dealing with politics.
They were majority men and dressed in the finest custom made suits around. Politicians only associated themselves with other politicians and the wealthy class. This was because the wealthy often funded the Politicians. The wealthy class, were individuals who were either born wealthy or became wealthy and was able to maintain the lifestyle. If you were a person of wealth, you would be known by your appearance. A person of this class dressed in the most expensive garments made by famous designers.
They lived in lavish homes located in the best neighborhoods in town. They also drove the finest cars. Their children lived the same lifestyle as their parents. Then we have the working class. These individuals made life easier for the Political and Wealthy class. The reason was because they were expected to work for money. This meant that the jobs or work that the upper classmen did not want to do, the working class did. They lived in an entirely different part of the neighborhood or town.
When you see the average working class person, they dressed in lower end clothing, such as someone who shops at the Goodwill or thrift store. This was because they were underpaid for the work they performed. So could only afford the inexpensive items included the vehicles. These were people who were proud in whom they were and did not care to fit in with other estates. This is how I believe contemporary western society would be broken into if we were still in medieval society.