I don't know how people take high end designer prices seriously when sales are often over 75% off... I guess only the super rich buy this stuff at full price...
I buy regularly at retail, or with a very small discount, and I would not consider myself wealthy.
Often the stuff that you really want is gone by sale time. I typically buy a bunch of stuff that I really want at the beginning of each season. About half of that stuff is gone by the time sale time rolls around. Some stuff, especially accessories, can only be found in one or two places, are are bought in sticks. So, for example, I bought a Dries van Noten belt this season at full price. I have been to several stockists, and only one of them, on of my favorite stores, carried it, and they only had one in my very common size. So I picked it up. Other things, like jeans in evergreen cuts and washes, also hardly ever go on sale. Some basics do go on sale, but those are typically not prohibitively expensive.
The stuff that I got at retail goes on sale - I am glad that I got to enjoy it for that much longer.
I'm yet to figure out how much snow they actually got, I have a feeling we got more this week and none gives a fuck.
Not that much, but we don't need much for the infrastructure to fall apart - it's a quintessential British thing. Having said that it's the rain and winds in the west that are genuinely bad news - collapsed houses etc.
noob, I still think you should buy the blazer, and I'm not just saying that because I want your money. I mean, I do, but the handful of times I've worn the blazer, it's been in a nonchalant manner and no one has been all OMG BLAZER WHO DIED?! And these have been venues where the Bud Light flows like Bud Light and people listen to Pitbull without a hint of irony and people assume if you're wearing a blazer, it's because you just saw a stiff in a coffin.