Things I Don’t Understand: Designer Clothes

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Though you wouldn’t know from my wardrobe (or lack-there-of) in the last few years, like most people, I like to look good. Nowadays my outfit is based totally on whatever is clean and somewhat presentable. Since I wear scrubs all day at work, I spend almost no money on clothes anymore, something that honestly has to change, especially when I get super hot from losing all this weight!

Mind Blown.

I sometimes watch TV and see shows like ‘What Not to Wear’. Where people given $5000 and only get, what? like 15 outfits?! Seriously?! Do you have any idea how far I could stretch that $5000?!

During university I worked at a local pharmacy as a pharmacy technician. One of the pharmacists was hugely into fashion (though you’d never know….), wearing the latest of who’s who in the industry. She recently posted something on Facebook about a closing-out sale at a high-end clothing store here in town, one I would never go to. She proceeded to describe the ‘amazing’ deals she got. Shen spent $500 and got three pairs of pants and two shirts.

While I’m sure this was an ‘amazing’ deal for this particular store, I could never in good judgment spend $500 on five pieces of clothing! With $500 I could totally revamp my pitiful wardrobe.

I don’t understand how someone can spend $300+ on a pair of jeans. I’d like to think that my ass looks just as good in my $20 Old Navy jeans. $98 on a pair of name brand yoga pants?! Ummm you wear them to 1) be comfortable and/or 2) to sweat in. They don’t make you any better at yoga. My $20 Costco ‘yoga’ pants are holding up nicely after almost two years and aren’t see-through, just sayin‘.

Why?!

I will never understand how people spend their hard-earned money on name brand clothes. I respect a well made piece of clothing but if I’m spending over $300 on a single pair of jeans they better make me 20 pounds lighter, wash my floors and make all my meals. You can get nicely tailored pants for well under $75. If you’re in the market for $300 pants, send your money to me. I will buy you some nice pants and pocket the change mkay?

Some items are worth their money. Good winter boots are a must and worth the investment. A raincoat that is actually waterproof is invaluable and the jeans that you can wear with almost every outfit really are worth a few bucks. Given how fast fashion trends change, is it really worth dropping money on whatever is ‘hot’? Knowing it will be old news in a few months?

Am I alone here? If you spend serious cash on designer clothes, why?

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  1. I think that you’re right that certain items should be splurged on. I like jeans from The Gap but I rarely catch a sale at the same time as my jeans get a tear hahaha. My MAX for an article of clothing is $100. I’ve spent $300 on coats and $150 (?) on boots before because a) Quality! and b) These are things that I wear EVERY SINGLE DAY eight months of the year so they’d better look good 😉
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  2. Francesca says:

    Hear hear…….and thrift store shopping rocks ….

  3. I’m guilty of buying designer goods, with certain exceptions. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve naturally come to the conclusion that quality goods cost more. Quality goods also last longer. You spend $40 on a purse that lasts you 6 months, or spend $300 and it lasts for years. One item that I won’t pay more than $50 for are shoes (exception: winter boots), they get scuffed, dirty, and the possibility of breaking a heel. i do have one rule, if the item can’t span the seasons I buy a cheaper version at H&M or some equivalent.

    I have to agree with your statement regarding $98 yoga pants.. I can’t fathom spending that much for something you sweat in. The sad part… most people buying these pants don’t exercise at all.

  4. Shit. Me neither. I don’t really like labels on my clothing anyway, so what difference does it make? I do like quality clothing so it lasts longer, but I don’t want expensive designer clothing.
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  5. I buy quality, but that doesn’t always equate with brand name. But mostly I just take care of my clothes and buy ones that make that process relatively painless. =)
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  6. Guys perspective here: For jeans, I used to go the route of Old Navy jeans, which looked fine and held up well. The last time I bought some (I usually buy two pairs at a time) they lasted less than a year before they started getting rips at the seams, and I don’t wear them tight at all. So I think their quality went down quite a bit recently. I bought Levi jeans instead, which were about double the price but I”m hoping they last 2-3 times as long. I think in some cases that’s what you’re paying for (though certainly not to the tune of $300)
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    • Catherine says:

      I was using Old Navy as an example, but if you wear jeans a lot (as I do) a good pair of Levis are worth it.

  7. I use to be a member of the “who would spend $100 on yoga pants” club….but….

    I figure skate and I use to be in a constant search of good skating pants (Winners, Costco, TJMax, etc…) and would max out at $30, and probably buy more than 3 a year! Inevitably these pants would give me a plumber butt during a sit spin or I would constantly be pulling them up. I would fall and be covered in ‘snow’ which would melt and the fabric would be cold and wet. I have a ‘pear’ shape and the waist line would always be too large compared to my too-tight bottoms.

    Then one Christmas my in-laws bought me some “$100 yoga pants”. And then the world changed. Instead of wasting $100 a year on pants that don’t fit, I can spend $100 on one pair of pants that lasts for years-without the unfortunate side effect of plumber butt!!

    But most of the time, I’m a sales rack kind of girl! lol.

  8. My work boots cost about $200 every tiem I have to get them, but they’re the best boots that hold up the longest. Otherwise, yeah, my wife gets clothes for the whole family at goodwill, walmart, and places like that. My jeans get crunked up so fast when I waer them, I couldn’t imagine spending more than $20 on them!
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    • Catherine says:

      $200 work boots that you use everyday for WORK is a whole different kettle of fish, they are a necessity and probably well worth their money.

  9. A trenchant article, really. Well done! What is always in style is fit and smart. All the clothes, make-up and the like are covers for neglecting fitness and intelligence.
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  10. I think a lot of it comes down to value. I’ll buy Levi’s because they’ll generally last much longer for me, but they’re hardly $300 a pair. I think for $500 we could nearly take care of a decent sized wardrobe for my entire family though.
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  11. I think sometimes it’s hard not to be caught up in that when surrounded by people who think that way. At my last job all of the women were so catty about it and examining everything I wore every day. As I get older too and since having my son I realize what is important in life. True friends don’t care what you are wearing. I recently sold a Micheal Kors watch on ebay for $125 (used!!! people paid that!) and bought a $13 watch from Target that people have asked if it’s Michael Kors. Jeans – I have been lucky to inherit a lot of “sevens” from my sis and it IS hard to go back to cheap ones – I find old navy etc. brands all gape in the back, don’t fit great. I keep away from designer brands now by checking where they are made. I will not pay the ridiculous price for clothing and handbags that are made in China. What a profit they are making! I also buy a lot from Value Village and other thrift stores.
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  12. I think it should be about quality. No offense to anyone, but I hate when there’s label crap all over clothing and purses. It just looks tacky and cheap to me.
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  13. I rarely buy designer clothes, and when I do it`s because it`s really good quality! So I don`t buy them for the brand, but for the quality I know I can trust will last for season after season.
    I do have a couple of designer handbags(!!) but I`ve gotten of them as birthday presents or for christmas, so I`m not sure if that counts.
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  14. I hear ya there. I used to read O magazine, and in the section about fashion they would remark how a pair of jeans was ONLY $120!!! $120??? How about $30, that seems way more reasonable to me!
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  15. You’re right about the Costco yoga pants. I like Lululemon’s too, but for $18 AND made in Canada, Costco is hard to beat!!

  16. Designer anything doesn’t make sense to me. This month, I’ve spent less than $200 and bought 11 items of clothing. I think the most expensive piece of clothing I’ve ever bought is a pair of jeans from The Gap ($80) and a winter jacket from Winners ($90). People be cray!
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    • Catherine says:

      haha exactly! I don’t think $90 for a coat is bad either and if you wear those jeans as often as I wear my jeans then they’re worth it!

  17. I admit it: I buy $98 running crops. BUT, there is a justification: When I’m an hour and a half into a two hour run, those crops are all that stands between me and major chaffage, so I’m willing to drop the cash.
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    • Catherine says:

      You are a marathon runner who uses the pants as they should! I’m not suggesting that something that is used as often as your pants are be replaced by something cheap that you’ll replace in a few weeks.

  18. I am 100% in complete agreeance with you. I don’t have a single item in my wardrobe that would be considered a label. Guess what? Most of those items are made in the same places (China, Indonesia, Bangledesh, etc) using the same workers in the same factories! They just slap a desinger name on it and suddenly its worth 1000% more?!? I don’t think so.

    I agree that some labels have better quality items and those you should spend more money on if they are more likely to last longer and you will get more wear out of the item. Not just because some designer thought to put their name to a piece of crap. My 2 cents 🙂
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  19. I’m not one to have designs or labels on my clothes except for the obvious tag inside the shirt. I do like to buy quality clothes that will last me a longer time than a cheaper item would. I do however try to buy items that I can mix and match. I’m a simple guy when it comes to jeans and have always liked Levis . As long as they look good and feel good I’m happy. I’m probably more picky when it comes to shirts.
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  20. Dude I prefer to shop at the thrift store. I could buy 10 wardrobes for $500! I don’t wear designer clothes, but when I see a nice Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren shirt between all of the junky Joseph A Bank crap, I know they’re going to be higher quality and probably look better as well. I’m not going to go out of my way and buy them new for $75 a shirt, but I’ll definitely pick them up at $5 a piece.
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    • Catherine says:

      I’ve picked up really nice stuff at thrift stores! Given how fast women especially go through clothes and diet fads you can get hardly worn clothes for wicked prices.

  21. I could also stretch that $5K “What Not to Wear Budget” much further than they do on the show. Just send me to TJMaxx, Mango, Zara and the like and I’ll return with wardrobes for me and a couple friends. I concede that designer clothing is made better than what you pick up at Old Navy, but there’s no way it’s worth $300. I think it all has to do with your income — $300 seems like a lot to us but to someone who makes bank, it may be the equivalent of $30. The problem is when someone with an average income blows their budget on designer threads — they end up in the hole (but in style!). Not smart.
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  22. Well, since I am a guy, you will never catching me spending that kind of cash on clothes. I get upset when I have to spend $50 on jeans. I wouldn’t do it and I am glad that my wife doesn’t splurge like that either.
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  23. I’ve never been one for labels, most of my wardrobe comes from H&M or friends’ discards but I have recently become a convert when it comes to those ridiculously expensive yoga pants. Perhaps it’s because I’m a long distance runner, a dancer, and an actress, so I spend just about every waking moment in my yoga pants, but I made the lulu splurge (thankfully not on the see through ones) and it is worth every penny. For years I’ve been wearing “disposable” yoga pants. They get holes, the stretch out… I literally had a pair where half of the inseem vanished within a year. Rather than spending $20 to replace them every time, I now have a quality pair of pants that look great and feel great.
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  24. One of my goal this year is to not spend any money on clothes. That should tell you pretty much everything. 🙂
    However, if I get $5,000 to spend only on clothes. I would probably get the best quality clothes that it can buy. I don’t have much closet space and I’d rather have a few really nice pieces. I already have plenty of cheap clothing.
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    • Catherine says:

      Other than a few maternity items (ie totally necessary since regular clothes don’t fit) I’ve only bought 3 items of clothes in the last 18mos.

  25. I don’t buy true designer clothes (can’t afford it / want to spend my $$ on other things), but I certainly understand why people do! On the material side: the clothes are usually better quality, with more detailed stitching, more substantial fabric and lining, or just more sheer creativity attributed to a particular designer. On the psychological side: better clothing can improve your confidence and appearance, and sometimes you want to wear something that says, “I’ve arrived” – be that a pair of Louboutins or a Hermes bag. And on the “spend money on what you love” side: some people might just love designer clothing instead of having a bigger house or a fancier vacation. (When it comes to true couture, they are works of art).
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    • Catherine says:

      While I don’t disagree with you I’d rather have the ”I’ve arrived” moment because I have literally arrived, people want and appreciate me not the name over my shoulder. Again, I’m not suggesting people waste money on garbage that will fall apart in a few months but well made jeans from the Gap- even at full price are less than $100 and can last years so save the $200+ dollars for something else!

      • For some folks, spending $200 or $2,000 is the equivalent of you or I spending $20. You can’t say they are irresponsible if they can afford it or its a preference. I think most of the folks who can afford true designer can really afford it.
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        • Catherine says:

          Fair enough, I guess I’m more talking about the university students/regular folk I see walking in and out of these store dropping serious cash just to have the ‘name’ and the try to justify their purchases. I’m not talking about the Beyonces of the world.

  26. I’m willing to pay more for articles of clothing I like. I wrote a post a while ago about how I used to be obsessed with name brand jeans. It was more of a status symbol than anything else. Now I’m more about comfort and what actually looks good. I splurged on a $100 leather jacket from costco that i love. But one of my favorite pair of jeans are $20 from the gap on sale.

    • Catherine says:

      You nailed it- status symbol! $100 for a well made jacket you love and will wear fro years is totally reasonable.

  27. I’m trying to buy better quality items even if it costs a little more. My closet is full of crap. I do like designer stuff, but I know my finances, so I don’t even look at them. I am in search of quality items.
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  28. A select few designers may be worth it for the quality of investment, but completely agree that the vast majority play off of social mores, not quality. Great post!

  29. I’ll only invest in boots, coats and structured jackets but even then, I seek out clearance sales and will NEVER pay full price.

    I’ve had the same thought about the $5K they give those people–I would walk away with multiple, complete wardrobes!!!
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    • Catherine says:

      Investments are worth it….as per the show I’m sure they’re required in some way to ”show off” the store they do go to.

  30. I buy designer clothing….-ish. We find them at thrift stores and one Mega-sale at places like Nordstrom Rack and TJ MAXX. But, as a guy, I don’t usually spend over $40 on a pair of ANYTHING. Also, I just ask for clothing for Christmas every year, so our clothing budget is literally $0 🙂 But I do have to say, I look darn good 🙂
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  31. I’m going to be the anomaly here, but I believe in being honest. I buy and wear mostly higher end clothes for work. They may not be Versace and such, but they are high quality, so I do pay a premium for them. But they are tailored to fit me (I am also tall/6 ft) and I wear them forever. Not once. Or for a month or even a year. But a great tailored suit lasts for YEARS. So while I probably willing to pay more for items then most of the people who commented, I also have a budget and don’t buy beyond what I set aside or can afford.

    I know my clothes are a “need” so when situations have called for it – I’ve happily put my clothing budget back into our family’s general fund without regret. But when I can afford it, I do prefer high quality clothes, but that’s what is right for me. Everyone else appears to be making the best decision for themselves.
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    • Catherine says:

      I feel like there’s a difference between quality pieces you’re describing and people buying names just to buy names. Like someone else said- just to say ”you’ve arrived”.

  32. The thing is, most people wouldn’t even be able to tell if you are wearing a designer shirt or a shirt from Target, so what’s the point in spending all that extra money if you can get the same thing for less somewhere else?
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  33. I am kind of in between now. In general, I like to say that I dress like a hobo. Most of my clothes are gifts (usually from my Mom), rejects from my old housemates who love to shop, or from a consignment shop/thrift store. That said, I do prefer to buy good quality stuff.
    My spouse has been investing in better quality clothes lately and it has been very, very worthwhile. They hold up very well, despite constant use. The brand name is just a means to an end, with the end being durability and quality. 🙂
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  34. When I was working I wore fairly expensive suits, but since I am now retired I live in jeans, shorts, sweatpants and t-shirts usually from LL Bean or Lands End. I do have some dressier clothes from Pendleton, Talbots and Coldwater Creek which are mainly for weddings and funerals. Growing up poor I never had more than enough clothes and what I had usually came from K-mart. So when I was better able to afford it, I did invest in a pretty nice wardrobe. But now, even though I can afford expensive stuff, I don’t need it, so even though I love really nice clothes, it would be silly for me to buy a lot of things I’ll never use.

  35. LOL it’s their money, who cares how they spend it…

  36. And that’s why you look horrible.
    You will never understand why a $300 BILLION fashion industry is one of the most profitable businesses ever, because you think you’ve made a decision that exempts you from fashion, when in fact, you wear whatever garbage you put on your back, believing it’s worth your $100, is a designer look alike from 2 years ago.
    A woman should look good, this is what it’s about.

  37. I buy real designer clothes, and they are significantly higher quality than high street alternatives. Their construction, drape, and creativity create a piece that can be respected alongside fine art, as fashion is a form of it. It’s not about buying a monogrammed purse, rather it is about investing in something you have an interest in and something you find artistically intriguing or complex. Only buy real designer clothes when you have money, however, because a 2,000$ hoodie won’t be very good at keeping the lights on. That 60,000$ Hermes bag will hold its value, but you have to be able to afford the up front cost.

  38. So the people that dress poorly with cheap stuff from the gap go on the internet and speak about fashion and quality? Wtf, if you haven’t seen the difference inquality between coach and gucci or michael koors and louis vuitton then stop rambling. Not to mention the difference between walmart jeans and say armani jeans or guess ir whatever over 80. Not all designer stuff is great, but old navy? Really? Pff

  39. I got a sale on a $350 coach bag, all leather in pink and dark pink, with a satin fuschia pink inside and it’s a nice size. I also bought a cheaper purse from a discount store that fell apart on me at a cash register. And the latter purse wasn’t a generic brand but wasn’t as popular as coach. I still have and use my coach bag from around 4 years ago. It’s a wonderful and sturdy bag. I like it more each day.

    Also, no matter what people say, the majority of people respect money and expensive clothes. I get treated better when I dress up and people take note of my purse or my shoes or whatever. Although some people have attacked me verbally because of my clothing but usually they’re the more materialistic types who don’t have the extra spending money.

  40. So…old post…But I was browsing for some resale prices on Guess clothing …got some handed down by my sister who is a rich sucker… and naturally I found myself browsing again for WHY people spend hundreds…thousands… of dollars on designer crap. Reading through the comments… “oh totally I’ve NEVER spent more than 100 on an article of clothing”….do you have any clue how much quality clothing you could buy for that much? I’ll leave thrift stores aside for a moment because those aren’t everyones thing (even though I’ve yet to buy a single heel that broke on me, or one pair of jeans that wore through, from good will. Only pair of jeans I’ve worn a hole in over the past few years is the BANANA REPUBLIC jeans my sister wore twice and gave to me.) Even just at run of the mill mall outlets like Penneys…the gap…old navy…you can get decent stuff that isn’t going to fall apart… several things for $100. Smh. People these days. The more you spend on it, the more it will make you happy? Whatever floats your boat. Just don’t say you paid that 700$ for a purse because youre “sooo thrifty” and you’re going to use it for 20 years so it pays for itself. That is utter bs. You know at a year MAX, you’ll be tired of it and wanting another. Even I get tired of the same purse after a couple years. Spent $20 or less on every one I’ve ever had and only had one fall apart….and even that was because I was stuffing it full and carrying it every where. If I had spent as much as these designer suckers spend…and insisted on having Mac makeup in it too…I’d probably only have 3 oz worth of product to put in it and I bet it wouldn’t have ever fallen apart. :p Crazy people.

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Though you wouldn’t know from my wardrobe (or lack-there-of) in the last few years, like most people, I like to look good. Nowadays my outfit is based totally on whatever is clean and somewhat presentable. Since I wear scrubs all day at work, I spend almost no money on clothes anymore, something that honestly has to change, especially when I get super hot from losing all this weight!

Mind Blown.

I sometimes watch TV and see shows like ‘What Not to Wear’. Where people given $5000 and only get, what? like 15 outfits?! Seriously?! Do you have any idea how far I could stretch that $5000?!

During university I worked at a local pharmacy as a pharmacy technician. One of the pharmacists was hugely into fashion (though you’d never know….), wearing the latest of who’s who in the industry. She recently posted something on Facebook about a closing-out sale at a high-end clothing store here in town, one I would never go to. She proceeded to describe the ‘amazing’ deals she got. Shen spent $500 and got three pairs of pants and two shirts.

While I’m sure this was an ‘amazing’ deal for this particular store, I could never in good judgment spend $500 on five pieces of clothing! With $500 I could totally revamp my pitiful wardrobe.

I don’t understand how someone can spend $300+ on a pair of jeans. I’d like to think that my ass looks just as good in my $20 Old Navy jeans. $98 on a pair of name brand yoga pants?! Ummm you wear them to 1) be comfortable and/or 2) to sweat in. They don’t make you any better at yoga. My $20 Costco ‘yoga’ pants are holding up nicely after almost two years and aren’t see-through, just sayin‘.

Why?!

I will never understand how people spend their hard-earned money on name brand clothes. I respect a well made piece of clothing but if I’m spending over $300 on a single pair of jeans they better make me 20 pounds lighter, wash my floors and make all my meals. You can get nicely tailored pants for well under $75. If you’re in the market for $300 pants, send your money to me. I will buy you some nice pants and pocket the change mkay?

Some items are worth their money. Good winter boots are a must and worth the investment. A raincoat that is actually waterproof is invaluable and the jeans that you can wear with almost every outfit really are worth a few bucks. Given how fast fashion trends change, is it really worth dropping money on whatever is ‘hot’? Knowing it will be old news in a few months?

Am I alone here? If you spend serious cash on designer clothes, why?

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  1. Vanessa says:

    I think that you’re right that certain items should be splurged on. I like jeans from The Gap but I rarely catch a sale at the same time as my jeans get a tear hahaha. My MAX for an article of clothing is $100. I’ve spent $300 on coats and $150 (?) on boots before because a) Quality! and b) These are things that I wear EVERY SINGLE DAY eight months of the year so they’d better look good 😉
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    1. Catherine says:

      I agree with you 100%, $150 for boots you wear every day or multiple seasons/years are worth it.

  2. Francesca says:

    Hear hear…….and thrift store shopping rocks ….

    1. Catherine says:

      Totally agree!!

  3. Amy says:

    I’m guilty of buying designer goods, with certain exceptions. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve naturally come to the conclusion that quality goods cost more. Quality goods also last longer. You spend $40 on a purse that lasts you 6 months, or spend $300 and it lasts for years. One item that I won’t pay more than $50 for are shoes (exception: winter boots), they get scuffed, dirty, and the possibility of breaking a heel. i do have one rule, if the item can’t span the seasons I buy a cheaper version at H&M or some equivalent.

    I have to agree with your statement regarding $98 yoga pants.. I can’t fathom spending that much for something you sweat in. The sad part… most people buying these pants don’t exercise at all.

  4. Shit. Me neither. I don’t really like labels on my clothing anyway, so what difference does it make? I do like quality clothing so it lasts longer, but I don’t want expensive designer clothing.
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    1. Catherine says:

      Me too, I’m certainly not suggesting people buy crap clothes that fall apart either.

  5. I buy quality, but that doesn’t always equate with brand name. But mostly I just take care of my clothes and buy ones that make that process relatively painless. =)
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    1. Catherine says:

      Taking care of clothes is super important and key to their longevity.

  6. Guys perspective here: For jeans, I used to go the route of Old Navy jeans, which looked fine and held up well. The last time I bought some (I usually buy two pairs at a time) they lasted less than a year before they started getting rips at the seams, and I don’t wear them tight at all. So I think their quality went down quite a bit recently. I bought Levi jeans instead, which were about double the price but I”m hoping they last 2-3 times as long. I think in some cases that’s what you’re paying for (though certainly not to the tune of $300)
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    1. Catherine says:

      I was using Old Navy as an example, but if you wear jeans a lot (as I do) a good pair of Levis are worth it.

  7. Jess says:

    I use to be a member of the “who would spend $100 on yoga pants” club….but….

    I figure skate and I use to be in a constant search of good skating pants (Winners, Costco, TJMax, etc…) and would max out at $30, and probably buy more than 3 a year! Inevitably these pants would give me a plumber butt during a sit spin or I would constantly be pulling them up. I would fall and be covered in ‘snow’ which would melt and the fabric would be cold and wet. I have a ‘pear’ shape and the waist line would always be too large compared to my too-tight bottoms.

    Then one Christmas my in-laws bought me some “$100 yoga pants”. And then the world changed. Instead of wasting $100 a year on pants that don’t fit, I can spend $100 on one pair of pants that lasts for years-without the unfortunate side effect of plumber butt!!

    But most of the time, I’m a sales rack kind of girl! lol.

  8. My work boots cost about $200 every tiem I have to get them, but they’re the best boots that hold up the longest. Otherwise, yeah, my wife gets clothes for the whole family at goodwill, walmart, and places like that. My jeans get crunked up so fast when I waer them, I couldn’t imagine spending more than $20 on them!
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    1. Catherine says:

      $200 work boots that you use everyday for WORK is a whole different kettle of fish, they are a necessity and probably well worth their money.

  9. cj says:

    A trenchant article, really. Well done! What is always in style is fit and smart. All the clothes, make-up and the like are covers for neglecting fitness and intelligence.
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  10. I think a lot of it comes down to value. I’ll buy Levi’s because they’ll generally last much longer for me, but they’re hardly $300 a pair. I think for $500 we could nearly take care of a decent sized wardrobe for my entire family though.
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  11. I think sometimes it’s hard not to be caught up in that when surrounded by people who think that way. At my last job all of the women were so catty about it and examining everything I wore every day. As I get older too and since having my son I realize what is important in life. True friends don’t care what you are wearing. I recently sold a Micheal Kors watch on ebay for $125 (used!!! people paid that!) and bought a $13 watch from Target that people have asked if it’s Michael Kors. Jeans – I have been lucky to inherit a lot of “sevens” from my sis and it IS hard to go back to cheap ones – I find old navy etc. brands all gape in the back, don’t fit great. I keep away from designer brands now by checking where they are made. I will not pay the ridiculous price for clothing and handbags that are made in China. What a profit they are making! I also buy a lot from Value Village and other thrift stores.
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    1. Catherine says:

      I always check Value Village and have found some really nice Gap and Banana Republic stuff.

  12. Michelle says:

    I think it should be about quality. No offense to anyone, but I hate when there’s label crap all over clothing and purses. It just looks tacky and cheap to me.
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    1. Catherine says:

      Agreed, it screams ”LOOK WHAT I SPENT MY MONEY ON”

  13. I rarely buy designer clothes, and when I do it`s because it`s really good quality! So I don`t buy them for the brand, but for the quality I know I can trust will last for season after season.
    I do have a couple of designer handbags(!!) but I`ve gotten of them as birthday presents or for christmas, so I`m not sure if that counts.
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  14. I hear ya there. I used to read O magazine, and in the section about fashion they would remark how a pair of jeans was ONLY $120!!! $120??? How about $30, that seems way more reasonable to me!
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  15. Dayle says:

    You’re right about the Costco yoga pants. I like Lululemon’s too, but for $18 AND made in Canada, Costco is hard to beat!!

    1. Catherine says:

      Amen!

  16. Cait says:

    Designer anything doesn’t make sense to me. This month, I’ve spent less than $200 and bought 11 items of clothing. I think the most expensive piece of clothing I’ve ever bought is a pair of jeans from The Gap ($80) and a winter jacket from Winners ($90). People be cray!
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    1. Catherine says:

      haha exactly! I don’t think $90 for a coat is bad either and if you wear those jeans as often as I wear my jeans then they’re worth it!

  17. I admit it: I buy $98 running crops. BUT, there is a justification: When I’m an hour and a half into a two hour run, those crops are all that stands between me and major chaffage, so I’m willing to drop the cash.
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    1. Catherine says:

      You are a marathon runner who uses the pants as they should! I’m not suggesting that something that is used as often as your pants are be replaced by something cheap that you’ll replace in a few weeks.

  18. Morgaine says:

    I am 100% in complete agreeance with you. I don’t have a single item in my wardrobe that would be considered a label. Guess what? Most of those items are made in the same places (China, Indonesia, Bangledesh, etc) using the same workers in the same factories! They just slap a desinger name on it and suddenly its worth 1000% more?!? I don’t think so.

    I agree that some labels have better quality items and those you should spend more money on if they are more likely to last longer and you will get more wear out of the item. Not just because some designer thought to put their name to a piece of crap. My 2 cents 🙂
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  19. I’m not one to have designs or labels on my clothes except for the obvious tag inside the shirt. I do like to buy quality clothes that will last me a longer time than a cheaper item would. I do however try to buy items that I can mix and match. I’m a simple guy when it comes to jeans and have always liked Levis . As long as they look good and feel good I’m happy. I’m probably more picky when it comes to shirts.
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  20. Dude I prefer to shop at the thrift store. I could buy 10 wardrobes for $500! I don’t wear designer clothes, but when I see a nice Tommy Hilfiger or Ralph Lauren shirt between all of the junky Joseph A Bank crap, I know they’re going to be higher quality and probably look better as well. I’m not going to go out of my way and buy them new for $75 a shirt, but I’ll definitely pick them up at $5 a piece.
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    1. Catherine says:

      I’ve picked up really nice stuff at thrift stores! Given how fast women especially go through clothes and diet fads you can get hardly worn clothes for wicked prices.

  21. I could also stretch that $5K “What Not to Wear Budget” much further than they do on the show. Just send me to TJMaxx, Mango, Zara and the like and I’ll return with wardrobes for me and a couple friends. I concede that designer clothing is made better than what you pick up at Old Navy, but there’s no way it’s worth $300. I think it all has to do with your income — $300 seems like a lot to us but to someone who makes bank, it may be the equivalent of $30. The problem is when someone with an average income blows their budget on designer threads — they end up in the hole (but in style!). Not smart.
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  22. Well, since I am a guy, you will never catching me spending that kind of cash on clothes. I get upset when I have to spend $50 on jeans. I wouldn’t do it and I am glad that my wife doesn’t splurge like that either.
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  23. Stefanie says:

    I’ve never been one for labels, most of my wardrobe comes from H&M or friends’ discards but I have recently become a convert when it comes to those ridiculously expensive yoga pants. Perhaps it’s because I’m a long distance runner, a dancer, and an actress, so I spend just about every waking moment in my yoga pants, but I made the lulu splurge (thankfully not on the see through ones) and it is worth every penny. For years I’ve been wearing “disposable” yoga pants. They get holes, the stretch out… I literally had a pair where half of the inseem vanished within a year. Rather than spending $20 to replace them every time, I now have a quality pair of pants that look great and feel great.
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  24. One of my goal this year is to not spend any money on clothes. That should tell you pretty much everything. 🙂
    However, if I get $5,000 to spend only on clothes. I would probably get the best quality clothes that it can buy. I don’t have much closet space and I’d rather have a few really nice pieces. I already have plenty of cheap clothing.
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    1. Catherine says:

      Other than a few maternity items (ie totally necessary since regular clothes don’t fit) I’ve only bought 3 items of clothes in the last 18mos.

  25. I don’t buy true designer clothes (can’t afford it / want to spend my $$ on other things), but I certainly understand why people do! On the material side: the clothes are usually better quality, with more detailed stitching, more substantial fabric and lining, or just more sheer creativity attributed to a particular designer. On the psychological side: better clothing can improve your confidence and appearance, and sometimes you want to wear something that says, “I’ve arrived” – be that a pair of Louboutins or a Hermes bag. And on the “spend money on what you love” side: some people might just love designer clothing instead of having a bigger house or a fancier vacation. (When it comes to true couture, they are works of art).
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    1. Catherine says:

      While I don’t disagree with you I’d rather have the ”I’ve arrived” moment because I have literally arrived, people want and appreciate me not the name over my shoulder. Again, I’m not suggesting people waste money on garbage that will fall apart in a few months but well made jeans from the Gap- even at full price are less than $100 and can last years so save the $200+ dollars for something else!

      1. For some folks, spending $200 or $2,000 is the equivalent of you or I spending $20. You can’t say they are irresponsible if they can afford it or its a preference. I think most of the folks who can afford true designer can really afford it.
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        1. Catherine says:

          Fair enough, I guess I’m more talking about the university students/regular folk I see walking in and out of these store dropping serious cash just to have the ‘name’ and the try to justify their purchases. I’m not talking about the Beyonces of the world.

  26. I’m willing to pay more for articles of clothing I like. I wrote a post a while ago about how I used to be obsessed with name brand jeans. It was more of a status symbol than anything else. Now I’m more about comfort and what actually looks good. I splurged on a $100 leather jacket from costco that i love. But one of my favorite pair of jeans are $20 from the gap on sale.

    1. Catherine says:

      You nailed it- status symbol! $100 for a well made jacket you love and will wear fro years is totally reasonable.

  27. I’m trying to buy better quality items even if it costs a little more. My closet is full of crap. I do like designer stuff, but I know my finances, so I don’t even look at them. I am in search of quality items.
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  28. A select few designers may be worth it for the quality of investment, but completely agree that the vast majority play off of social mores, not quality. Great post!

  29. I’ll only invest in boots, coats and structured jackets but even then, I seek out clearance sales and will NEVER pay full price.

    I’ve had the same thought about the $5K they give those people–I would walk away with multiple, complete wardrobes!!!
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    1. Catherine says:

      Investments are worth it….as per the show I’m sure they’re required in some way to ”show off” the store they do go to.

  30. I buy designer clothing….-ish. We find them at thrift stores and one Mega-sale at places like Nordstrom Rack and TJ MAXX. But, as a guy, I don’t usually spend over $40 on a pair of ANYTHING. Also, I just ask for clothing for Christmas every year, so our clothing budget is literally $0 🙂 But I do have to say, I look darn good 🙂
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    1. Catherine says:

      There is nothing wrong with popping your tags from the thrift shop!

  31. I’m going to be the anomaly here, but I believe in being honest. I buy and wear mostly higher end clothes for work. They may not be Versace and such, but they are high quality, so I do pay a premium for them. But they are tailored to fit me (I am also tall/6 ft) and I wear them forever. Not once. Or for a month or even a year. But a great tailored suit lasts for YEARS. So while I probably willing to pay more for items then most of the people who commented, I also have a budget and don’t buy beyond what I set aside or can afford.

    I know my clothes are a “need” so when situations have called for it – I’ve happily put my clothing budget back into our family’s general fund without regret. But when I can afford it, I do prefer high quality clothes, but that’s what is right for me. Everyone else appears to be making the best decision for themselves.
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    1. Catherine says:

      I feel like there’s a difference between quality pieces you’re describing and people buying names just to buy names. Like someone else said- just to say ”you’ve arrived”.

  32. The thing is, most people wouldn’t even be able to tell if you are wearing a designer shirt or a shirt from Target, so what’s the point in spending all that extra money if you can get the same thing for less somewhere else?
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    1. Catherine says:

      Agreed, my friends sure couldn’t!

  33. I am kind of in between now. In general, I like to say that I dress like a hobo. Most of my clothes are gifts (usually from my Mom), rejects from my old housemates who love to shop, or from a consignment shop/thrift store. That said, I do prefer to buy good quality stuff.
    My spouse has been investing in better quality clothes lately and it has been very, very worthwhile. They hold up very well, despite constant use. The brand name is just a means to an end, with the end being durability and quality. 🙂
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  34. Kathy says:

    When I was working I wore fairly expensive suits, but since I am now retired I live in jeans, shorts, sweatpants and t-shirts usually from LL Bean or Lands End. I do have some dressier clothes from Pendleton, Talbots and Coldwater Creek which are mainly for weddings and funerals. Growing up poor I never had more than enough clothes and what I had usually came from K-mart. So when I was better able to afford it, I did invest in a pretty nice wardrobe. But now, even though I can afford expensive stuff, I don’t need it, so even though I love really nice clothes, it would be silly for me to buy a lot of things I’ll never use.

  35. Emille says:

    LOL it’s their money, who cares how they spend it…

  36. Max says:

    And that’s why you look horrible.
    You will never understand why a $300 BILLION fashion industry is one of the most profitable businesses ever, because you think you’ve made a decision that exempts you from fashion, when in fact, you wear whatever garbage you put on your back, believing it’s worth your $100, is a designer look alike from 2 years ago.
    A woman should look good, this is what it’s about.

  37. JRC says:

    I buy real designer clothes, and they are significantly higher quality than high street alternatives. Their construction, drape, and creativity create a piece that can be respected alongside fine art, as fashion is a form of it. It’s not about buying a monogrammed purse, rather it is about investing in something you have an interest in and something you find artistically intriguing or complex. Only buy real designer clothes when you have money, however, because a 2,000$ hoodie won’t be very good at keeping the lights on. That 60,000$ Hermes bag will hold its value, but you have to be able to afford the up front cost.

  38. marius says:

    So the people that dress poorly with cheap stuff from the gap go on the internet and speak about fashion and quality? Wtf, if you haven’t seen the difference inquality between coach and gucci or michael koors and louis vuitton then stop rambling. Not to mention the difference between walmart jeans and say armani jeans or guess ir whatever over 80. Not all designer stuff is great, but old navy? Really? Pff

  39. AMR says:

    I got a sale on a $350 coach bag, all leather in pink and dark pink, with a satin fuschia pink inside and it’s a nice size. I also bought a cheaper purse from a discount store that fell apart on me at a cash register. And the latter purse wasn’t a generic brand but wasn’t as popular as coach. I still have and use my coach bag from around 4 years ago. It’s a wonderful and sturdy bag. I like it more each day.

    Also, no matter what people say, the majority of people respect money and expensive clothes. I get treated better when I dress up and people take note of my purse or my shoes or whatever. Although some people have attacked me verbally because of my clothing but usually they’re the more materialistic types who don’t have the extra spending money.

  40. sasha says:

    So…old post…But I was browsing for some resale prices on Guess clothing …got some handed down by my sister who is a rich sucker… and naturally I found myself browsing again for WHY people spend hundreds…thousands… of dollars on designer crap. Reading through the comments… “oh totally I’ve NEVER spent more than 100 on an article of clothing”….do you have any clue how much quality clothing you could buy for that much? I’ll leave thrift stores aside for a moment because those aren’t everyones thing (even though I’ve yet to buy a single heel that broke on me, or one pair of jeans that wore through, from good will. Only pair of jeans I’ve worn a hole in over the past few years is the BANANA REPUBLIC jeans my sister wore twice and gave to me.) Even just at run of the mill mall outlets like Penneys…the gap…old navy…you can get decent stuff that isn’t going to fall apart… several things for $100. Smh. People these days. The more you spend on it, the more it will make you happy? Whatever floats your boat. Just don’t say you paid that 700$ for a purse because youre “sooo thrifty” and you’re going to use it for 20 years so it pays for itself. That is utter bs. You know at a year MAX, you’ll be tired of it and wanting another. Even I get tired of the same purse after a couple years. Spent $20 or less on every one I’ve ever had and only had one fall apart….and even that was because I was stuffing it full and carrying it every where. If I had spent as much as these designer suckers spend…and insisted on having Mac makeup in it too…I’d probably only have 3 oz worth of product to put in it and I bet it wouldn’t have ever fallen apart. :p Crazy people.

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