I have a job I really like in small (about 12 person) group within a large organization. A co-worker of mine is has some prejudices.
The significant one here is that he is particular about where clothes come from. He is very into clothes. He has his shirts tailor made. He's got oodles of money and he clearly likes having money.
In contrast, I make okay money now, but I don't have lots. Over the years, I have honed by eBay and thrift store skills. Due in part to what I have learned from this forum, I do pretty well. My suits are typically Samuelsohn, Canali, Zegna, or the like. I usually get them on eBay for about 100 each, and spend about twice that getting one tailored to fit. Shoes and coats? eBay. Odd jackets and trousers? Thrift stores or eBay. Nevertheless, I wear stuff that's well-made, that fits, and that I take care of.
The problem is that my co-worker likes to talk about clothes and asks things like, "Nice jacket, where did you get it?"
I fudge and say "uh, some department store". One time, I said, "My girlfriend got it for me."
The other day, I thought the following outright lie would work for me. I said that I had gotten a sport coat from Macy's (actually, a Pendleton from eBay). He seemed to disapprove of Macy's.
So, the question is, in the workplace, how do you hide that you are a thrifter if you feel the need? What is a suitable cover story? Or should I own it? Does anyone have any similar experiences?
Edited by zackhyde - 12/22/12 at 2:59pm