Originally Posted by pkincy
Interesting point: I find that I wear my Ebay Brioni's far more than my Brioni's bought at retail since I am always afraid that I will spill something on my clothes and I wouldn't want to do that on a jacket I paid $3500 for or a suit that cost me $5500. Yet on a jacket I paid $300 for or a suit I paid $600 for I worry not at all. So the retail stuff I reserve for that special event of only a few hours duration and where no smoking or drinking will occur. And that severely limits their usefulness.
I find the same thing. However, you can take a zero off of the numbers. My "nice" suits were like $300-$400, while suits I found at thrift or ebay for $15-50 plus alterations are the suits I don't worry about so much. Nonethess, the point is the same. When you spend a large portion of your expendable income on one article of clothing, it is hard to not worry about ruining it. Conversely, something that was less is expensive is almost more useful, since you don't have to worry about ruining it.