Make Your Own Designer Clothes? The Price of Fashion

by Silicon Valley Blogger on 2009-09-028

Admittedly, I’m not the most fashion conscious person in the world. I don’t care about the latest look or what brand people are wearing or where fads and trends are going. It’s just not my style (yeah, lame pun intended 😉 ). But there are people in my family who are highly brand conscious and who take fashion *very* seriously (and that’s an understatement). I am often among people who live and breathe this stuff, so I find it odd how I didn’t quite develop similar inclinations. Although I do remember being pretty fashion conscious in my younger years, until a lightning bolt hit me and left me with this realization: you can look good on a budget.

I sure would like to know why some folks are compelled to relegate a huge portion of their funds to their appearance because I don’t think it’s necessarily justifiable unless:

(a) you’re trying to snag a mate
(b) need a great wardrobe for work so that you look your best
(c) work in an industry that requires you to have hot clothes.

Not to mention that a lot of the trendier items aren’t cheap. They’ll cost you money that could go a long way towards other things that actually matter — say like your long term financial goals?

Having such a bias, I suppose I’m not exactly in a position to rightfully “judge” this type of look:

urban outfitters destroyed sweatshirt
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There’s something a little wrong with this picture, and I think it’s pretty obvious. Honestly though, people actually pay for this stuff? Well, there must be a reason why there are fashionistas out there who would love to have holes in their wardrobe. Maybe so they can look cool like this?

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Hmmmm…. if old threads can actually pass as “cool”, then why not just save yourself $44 (plus tax and shipping costs) by throwing your mothballs away and having the bugs have a go at your closet?

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Hanna September 2, 2009 at 8:11 pm

And that is why I really don’t like Urban Outfitters!

Wealth Pilgrim September 2, 2009 at 8:12 pm

I have to show these pics to my wife. If she catches me wearing anything with a hole in it I am sent directly to my room with no food for a week! Little did she know I was making a fashion statement~!

Kosmo @ The Casual Observer September 3, 2009 at 6:47 am

My favorite jeans are Wranglers. The more expensive ones just don’t fit very well. (Plus, it’s hard to find 30X34 jeans).

About a year ago, my company changed to a “dress for the day” dress code, meaning that jeans were acceptable in most instances.

I have a white collar job for a Fortune 500 company in a very conservative industry. So this was a bit unexpected, but a much appreciated change. I wear my Adidases about 363 days a year 🙂

I’m always been very big on comfort; not so much on style. September 3, 2009 at 1:02 pm

Yeah. I hate spending money on clothes. It seems like such a waste. I don’t get the shirt with holes in it thing. I mean I have shirts with holes (not as big as in the above pictures) but its because they are old and were cheap when I bought them.

I had a friend at work that spent 20% of her salary on clothes each month.

Kindermode September 4, 2009 at 9:04 am

I don`t want to wear something with a hole 😉

brandy September 16, 2009 at 3:02 pm

The best pair of jeans I’ve ever had were from Macy’s for $20. Deals can be found.

EQ October 23, 2009 at 7:50 am

Sorry, these images are not what I would call good take offs of fashion labels. They just look silly. I’m happy with fewer, but designer clothes. A good example being my tummy tuck jeans. No one would be able to emulate those!

One Second Needle November 15, 2010 at 1:18 pm

This is an interesting article. Using these tips will get you the designer look without the huge price tag. Thank you for sharing.

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