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Hi, I'm a 28 year old male.  I often read magazines like details, esquire, or GQ that talk about fashion and they are always advertising clothes that seem outlandishly expensive!  Like $100-$200 for a casual shirt!  I live in San Francisco and work as a software engineer so I never need to wear a suit, however, the ladies do appreciate a well dressed man.  I make roughly 100k a year so I'm not poor or rich in San Francisco.  However, this income is considered high for a single guy my age on the national level, so I'm wondering, how many people actually buy the stuff in these magazines?

 

I usually shop at gap or express and will occasionally buy from banana republic or jcrew if they have a good sale.  I've been browsing these magazines and I find I like Thomas Pink and Ralph Lauren(polos and purple label shirts) but I can't afford them.  Same goes for Oliver Peoples' glasses and IWC watches.  I guess I'll have to stick with my raybans and citizen watch for now!

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While I think some of the stuff they advertise in GQ is definitely a little ridiculous, it pays to invest in a good wardrobe, particularly given how long good clothing lasts when you take care of it. Overall, I'd say:

Casual shirts - You can find good stuff for around $60-70 (polos, sport shirts, etc. from Kent Wang or Brooks Brothers)

Dress shirts - $75 is pretty standard, and is the price of Brooks Brothers shirts when they're on sale for 30% off during one of the fairly regular sales they have.

Trousers - After years of trying to find bargains, I've relented to the fact that good wool trousers cost around $150-200, but they're well worth the price.

Suits - For under $1,000 you can get quality MTM work done, so there is no excuse not to get a good suit IF you need it (sounds like you don't).

To be honest, I don't see how, if you make $100K, you can't afford to purchase clothing items at the price points I've listed above pretty easily. This is assuming you don't have some serious life expenses (e.g., mortgage, kid). Think about your day-to-day budgeting and where all your money goes -- if you're eating out at restaurants twice a day, for instance, that can easily hit $40 a day, especially in SF. Shouldn't a person be willing to pay the cost of a few days' worth of food for a shirt or a pair of trousers that they can wear for years?
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Originally Posted by minervau View Post

While I think some of the stuff they advertise in GQ is definitely a little ridiculous, it pays to invest in a good wardrobe, particularly given how long good clothing lasts when you take care of it. Overall, I'd say:
Casual shirts - You can find good stuff for around $60-70 (polos, sport shirts, etc. from Kent Wang or Brooks Brothers)
Dress shirts - $75 is pretty standard, and is the price of Brooks Brothers shirts when they're on sale for 30% off during one of the fairly regular sales they have.
Trousers - After years of trying to find bargains, I've relented to the fact that good wool trousers cost around $150-200, but they're well worth the price.
Suits - For under $1,000 you can get quality MTM work done, so there is no excuse not to get a good suit IF you need it (sounds like you don't).
To be honest, I don't see how, if you make $100K, you can't afford to purchase clothing items at the price points I've listed above pretty easily. This is assuming you don't have some serious life expenses (e.g., mortgage, kid). Think about your day-to-day budgeting and where all your money goes -- if you're eating out at restaurants twice a day, for instance, that can easily hit $40 a day, especially in SF. Shouldn't a person be willing to pay the cost of a few days' worth of food for a shirt or a pair of trousers that they can wear for years?


Thank you for the advice, I forgot about Brooks Brothers they have some quality stuff.  As for trousers, I only wear those to interviews and I am fine with the calvin klein/banana republic/express pairs I have. 

 

I'd like to wear a suit sometime, but I just never get the opportunity to in my industry so I don't own one.  I really like suits by Gieves and Hawkes and Tom Ford.

 

The only serious life expense I have is rent in SF lol.  It costs around $1800 a month for a studio in a good neighborhood.

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Thanks man.  I visited Kent Wang and that stuff looks great but it's too expensive!  All the shirts are over $100!  Where did you find them for $60?  Anyways, I live in SF where a studio in a nice area runs $1800!

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