Another college kid here, I'm a junior majoring in History with a certificate in American Studies. Based on my track record so far, I'm probably heading to law school, though truth be told I've been growing very weary with academia as of late, and the prospect of working in a generic office environment after school doesn't thrill me. I've really been trying to find some sort of summer job involving fashion or the industry, but having no inside connections seems to be making that process incredibly hard, and my school's career services seem to have a "screw you if you're not going to be an i-banker, engineer, or politician" attitude
. My rambling aside, I'm just not sure where I'll end up in terms of careers yet. As for my clothing budget, I'm a discount shopper, and my purchases tend to be mostly from ebay/online stores or discount stores like Marshall's and TJ Maxx. It's been getting tougher and tougher since since my tastes have been moving up as a result of reading this forum. I know it's ridiculous to expect to find a Kiton suit for under $500 or a pair of fine English shoes for under $250, but that's what I'm holding out for. In the meantime, I just stick with brands that are high quality and style without being at the top of the line. For example, all my new shirts have been from a certain frequently mentioned custom site overseas, and my suit wardrobe includes a Canali and a rebadged Zegna (made for Etro). Of course, considering how the average person dresses, especially those my age, I think I'm doing pretty well considering my limited budget. A lot of people pay $50 for a Banana Republic shirt and $300-400 for a Jos A Bank suit, and I've been able to find much higher quality goods for the same price or less, even if they aren't on Robb Report's "best of the best" list.