Originally Posted by jet
Once every few weeks I look at mr porter's new arrivals and laugh at all the junk they buy. For several years I was conditioned to higher and higher prices and it reached an inflection point sometime last year. Now, instead of accepting this extortionate pricing structure I balk at the prices. I now look at most of this stuff with common sense and realize how grossly overpriced everything is. A t-shirt for 255? Spare me. Boots for $2000? No thanks, that's a caribbean vacation. Or a mortgage payment. Or a decent couch, two pairs is a sick couch. I don't know maybe I'm just burned out from all this shit since I'm content with everything I have and nothing nowadays holds a candle. This is why I really enjoy honest designers like stephan schneider, he allows you to look good and enjoy other pleasures without ripping you off. I place a high value on, well, value these days.
As someone new to this "fashion world", it's a bit daunting. For example, when browsing through WAYWT and Recent Purchases, I love seeing how well designer clothing drapes/fits and the interesting fabrics/cuts/materials, but the prices are generally so far out of my league that I feel like I'm watching professional sports haha. I can enjoy seeing others play in the stadium of SF, but I'll just have to settle for playing in my backyard.
I guess I first went through a phase of needing to buy everything that I saw others buying. I was so absorbed into this new world that I had to dive in head first! Once the honeymoon phase wore off, I have just tried to find balance between good design and fair prices. One can argue that pieces like TOJ actually have value in their craftsmanship and quality, but others are extravagantly priced just due to the name. Being a student that juggles full time work and school, I have to realize that some of the great things I see on here I won't ever be able to afford (even on B&S). I just hope that I can somehow compromise without sacrificing decent design. To that end, brands like Uniqlo and others in that vein have helped to build a (hopefully) solid foundation. As money trickles in, maybe occasionally I can get a piece that I have had my eye on.
It's just an interesting paradox, because once I have amassed enough funds, sometimes the cycle of style has moved on. A delicate dance that I'm still slowly learning.