I'd like to reiterate that I think most people would not be wearing it. And that by wearing it, you essentially want people to stroll up to you drinking out of a goblet of wine and looking you up and down to ask, "So you want to play the game of thrones?"
Attempted rises in social status is the beginning of the political game. You're no longer focused on scraping by on the sweat of your brow and the blood on your blade. You're ready to be a talker, a manipulator, and a rung on the ladder of the social elite. And that's a far more brutal world, which I'm sure is what has some people upset about the treatment.
My only position is that this is not some sort of law, or an attempt by players to tell others 'You're making my character less special because I'm supposed to wear silk and you're not.' And my only warning is that the political game in Armageddon is, in reality, pretty damn brutal when you've got the right players in it, so I'm a little unsympathetic to the 'I got screwed for silk.' I just want the actual political game to be played with it, instead of this 'I'm telling a templar and because there's documentation I think we should make sure everyone follows that documentation as the letter of the law.' It's not the letter of the law, it's a cultural taboo, which gives it a lot more bend and nuance and potential for the psychology behind it to be more important to the players engaging in it than the documentation itself.
Wear silk. Show you want to play the game. Endure the scorn of those who don't think you have what it takes. Maybe a few of you will make a name for yourselves. But don't expect to be left alone. You'll be pulled into some shit (hopefully not petty).
Edit: And I think the assertion that this is some sort of new radical thing is pretty disingenuous. I started in 1998, and commoners in silk was far more prevalent then than now. It's actually been steadily on the decline, in my opinion, due to oversensitivity to it. And I think that's just fine. But I really don't see any problems with wealthy commoners trying to climb the social ladder, even if it's rigid, even if it's hard...because the precedence has -already- been set, long ago, that it is possible.
Edit 2: Just leaving this here:
*Scene of slow, purposeful dressing of the tressy-tressed woman, looking at herself in an obsidian mirror as she steels herself for the day*
The tressy-tressed woman thinks: Today I make my move.
*The tressy-tressed woman walks into the high-class establishment wearing silk, chin held high and moving through the room to take a seat.*
Noble 1 thinks: Good for her. She made her move. I'll be having my man check up on her to make sure her legs don't get cut off. I want that deal.
Noble 2 thinks: Well well well, look who's moving up in the world? Pawn1 will have to find out whose backing she has to gain this confidence.
Noble 3 thinks: What a tart. At least you'll look pretty for a week, but Noble 2 will eat you alive. I give you a week.
*Noble 2 lifts a hand to beckon the tressy-tressed woman to her table.*
In essence, there's a whole other game to be played where commoners are the wild-card, and silks are the signal that they're in play. An independent wearing silks shows that they are no longer in the game through service, but in it for themselves. Aides wear silks because they are in play, but under someone else.
I'd much rather the culture be viewed this way, than as a means of shallow class separation. The class separation, the caste society, is so much more established than to be threatened by a commoner. But it would be amusing all the same to see those beneath them start making moves on their board.