Since when does clothing or equipment have anything to do with level or visa versa? Just play tennis.
Personally, equipment is a large part of the enjoyment of tennis for me, as I suspect for many. I also don't like looking like I just mowed the lawn when I play. Does that mean I'm a 5.0 or more - no.
"More Sureshs, less Maxima for a better TT." - Power Player