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As somebody who doesn't go out much, can I justify spending so much money on clothes?

post #1 of 12
Thread Starter 

As a very introverted person, I don't go out much: I don't drink, go out clubbing, and generally only go out for classes and the occasional meal with friends. So I've been starting to wonder recently whether I can really justify spending so much money on clothes when I don't go out enough, and hence wear them enough, to justify the cost. At home, I rarely wear the clothes I would wear out (unless there's friends or family over) and wear tracksuit bottoms/sweatpants and any t-shirt 

 

Even though I spend the majority of my money on clothes, I have enough restraint and self-discipline to not spend so much that it becomes an issue - I save my money well and always have a good amount of savings

 

I care a lot about the way I look and want to spend my money on clothes, but I'm conflicted about whether my personality warrants the amount I spend

 

Any advice would be appreciated :) 

post #2 of 12

Everyone has to choose what they spend their money on. For me , I enjoy dressing up and looking nice all the time, both at home and work. recently I made a rule for myself, no sneakers unless I am running or going to the Gym. I guess its a personal decision. Some people spend their money on gambling, race cars, and a plethora of other hobbies. I suppose learning to present myself well is my hobby.

post #3 of 12
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Originally Posted by SGTROCK View Post
 

Everyone has to choose what they spend their money on. For me , I enjoy dressing up and looking nice all the time, both at home and work. recently I made a rule for myself, no sneakers unless I am running or going to the Gym. I guess its a personal decision. Some people spend their money on gambling, race cars, and a plethora of other hobbies. I suppose learning to present myself well is my hobby.

 

I would definitely care more about the way I looked at home if I was trying to impress somebody (girlfriend/wife), but seeing as I'm still a kid living with his parents, I don't really care about looking my best to them

 

It may be good for me to think about the way I dress as a hobby though - like you said, people have hobbies and spend money on them :)

post #4 of 12

For me, it's about wearing what makes me feel good about myself - If it costs £60 from a highstreet brand or £3 from a charity shop sale - doesn't matter to me! All about feeling comfortable with the way I look. For me at least! :)

post #5 of 12

I live alone, so often I'm not dressed very much, but I enjoy dressing up, and I don't dress up for work. But for social occasions, sometimes it just makes the occasion more memorable, or fun. If I show up to a party, and I’m the only guy wearing a three piece suit, it doesn’t matter to me that I stand out, or people think I came directly form an office environment. I like wearing it.

 

Also you can dress nice without dressing up. Say wearing a pair of nice leather shoes with old jeans; or wearing a light linen shirt. Just adding one or two accessories that you like, can be nice.

 

My point is dress for yourself. It sounds like you do that. So people buy computer hardware for fun. Do what you like.

 

I also enjoy fine tea, good drinks, board and other table top games. Really these pursuits, as well as dressing with nice clothing and accessories, are for my own enjoyment.

post #6 of 12

As the above, I buy clothing and accessories for my own pleasure.  Buying clothing, footwear, purely for function, is all fine and good, but I assume that people do so with a mindset if they are not particularly interested in that particular thing.  It's a joyless purchase, made out of necessity.  However, if you have a clothing hobby, as many of us do, and it doesn't cause you stress (if paying for clothing is making you stressed, you should take a step back), then you have a harmless, fun, hobby.  And it's good to have a hobby.

post #7 of 12

I always tell my wife I can take up gambling for a hobby if my clothes buying is bothering her. What's most interesting is how poorly people dress in this age. I suppose the culture has been in decline since the 1960s as far as clothing. Not only do I enjoy dressing well but the benefits have been insane. peoples perceptions are reality right or wrong. Most people in Cuba dress island casual, and the interpretation is all over the map. For most it is beach sandals and a ratty t-shirt. For me it's cream linen trousers with a coral RLPL BDC shirt , spectators and a David Morgan panama hat. Now I am talked about both good and bad. as in people think I'm in the Mafia or a drug dealer. Even the secret service were taken aback because I don't have to wear a suit. I told them that was the beauty of it that I don't have to wear a suit but I choose to. When I spoke to the agents I could see how cheap and ill fitting their suits were and why they did not like to wear them. each to his own I say. But if you are a young man people will judge you by your appearance.

post #8 of 12

If you're buying well within your means and you're not endangering your finances then I think you're fine. Just try to not let your clothes hang in the closet unworn. Or try to wear your clothes out more if you're worried about justifying the cost.

post #9 of 12
Hi all, I'm new here and just wanted to add my 2 cents. As others have said, if you're having fun and not hurting your finances, continue what you're doing. You don't have to explain or justify yourself to anyone.

If you want to consider this as more of a hobby, then the suggestion I would give is to think about investing in fewer pieces but focus on the ones that are iconic and higher quality: a really nice leather jacket or a hand made aran knit fisherman sweater or a pair of hand made boots or shoes. In other words, items that are special to you, will (probably) never go out of style and are built to last. Just as an example, I have an LL Bean Norwegian sweater I bought 30 years ago and it's still going strong; I just really like having it in my closet even though the hot weather where I live now means I can't wear it.

Like any collecting hobby, there will come a time when you want to focus more on quality and less on quantity. Maybe that time is now?

Hope that helps a little!

edit:corrected spelling
Edited by JohnAAG - 5/25/16 at 2:21pm
post #10 of 12
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Originally Posted by JohnAAG View Post

Hi all, I'm new here and just wanted to add my 2 cents. As others have said, if you're having fun and not hurting your finances, continue what you're doing. You don't have to explain or justify yourself to anyone.

If you want to consider this as more of a hobby, then the suggestion I would give is to think about investing in fewer pieces but focus on the ones that are iconic and higher quality: a really nice leather jacket or a hand made aryan knit fisherman sweater or a pair of hand made boots or shoes. In other words, items that are special to you, will (probably) never go out of style and are built to last. Just as an example, I have an LL Bean Norwegian sweater I bought 30 years ago and it's still going strong; I just really like having it in my closet even though the hot weather where I live now means I can't wear it.

Like any collecting hobby, there will come a time when you want to focus more on quality and less on quantity. Maybe that time is now?

Hope that helps a little!

Um, I assume you mean "aran," not "aryan." I do have some "aryan knit sweaters," knit by my mother who was mostly Aryan (except for a small dash of Mohawk blood) for me almost 60 years ago.
post #11 of 12
Yes, aran. Thought I caught all the "corrections" spell check helpfully made. Thanks!
post #12 of 12
If you just don't go out much, of course it's justified. If you're just not wearing them, then I'd say no. The solution is to wear the stuff you buy whether you go out or not. Who said that you have to go somewhere in order to look presentable?

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