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post #31 of 46
Depends, if you want only a few nice outfits you can not have alot of money

If you want to dress nicely everyday, and not wear the same things constantly, then you need some money, or a lot of time to bargian hunt...
post #32 of 46
There are three things that lack of a relevant amount of money makes impossible:

1. The look that can only be achieved from the best bespoke clothing and shoe making. Some aspects are subtle, some are not, but in either case, there is a certain amount that you have to spend per unit of clothing before you get that.

2. Designer fashion when it is in fashion. Not all designers are expensive, but some are and it is difficult to wear their stuff when its out unless you have the cash.

3. The convenience of buying whatever you want when you want it.

That being said, I think it is true that many of us waste a lot of money on sartorial dead ends. Here's an interesting thread that A. started in the S&D forum. In fact, I think I will start the same thread on this side of the fence inspired by A's.


- B
post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by Mr. Potato View Post
Thrift and tailor. Words to go by for broke college students.

Truth.
post #34 of 46
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Originally Posted by constant struggle View Post
If you want to dress nicely everyday, and not wear the same things constantly, then you need some money, or a lot of time to bargian hunt...

This
post #35 of 46
The SF style does call for a good deal of money since it is very much about brands and high levels of quality. Even on discount, the prices for the brands here is well beyond what college students can afford. If you look at the sartorialist and other blogs, however, as well as the street, you might see that many people have a certain style but do not dress in this - can't find the right word here - "luxuriant" manner. My sense is that this forum is mainly the realm of people who have at least comfortable incomes. I suspect there is a whole breed that has some style and panache but would not even know the brands of every article of clothing they are wearing.
post #36 of 46
Short answer: No, but it helps. But you do have to have taste.

Long answer: Subcultures, especially those coming from the working class or minorities, were about low income young people doing their own thing. Even when appropriating (and perhaps mocking?) items from different classes and groups, they did it in their own way. So there is the sociological proof that it doesn't have to be like that.

In order to dress in style I don't believe that you need to buy stylish items. You have to find out what you want your style to be like, and then start looking for things that will fit into that vision. It doesn't have to be something concrete, just a vague idea, a sensation. Clothes are only part of it. And you will make some mistakes along the way, but that is part of the charm. As you grow older, more experienced, and start earning more money, your style will evolve with that, sure. But it doesn't need to start this way. Find something that inspires you stylistically, and go from there.
post #37 of 46
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post

Here's an interesting thread that A. started in the S&D forum. In fact, I think I will start the same thread on this side of the fence inspired by A's.


- B

Good call - that will be an interesting thread in the MC forum.
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by Modernist View Post
Short answer: No, but it helps. But you do have to have taste.

Long answer: Subcultures, especially those coming from the working class or minorities, were about low income young people doing their own thing. Even when appropriating (and perhaps mocking?) items from different classes and groups, they did it in their own way. So there is the sociological proof that it doesn't have to be like that.

In order to dress in style I don't believe that you need to buy stylish items. You have to find out what you want your style to be like, and then start looking for things that will fit into that vision. It doesn't have to be something concrete, just a vague idea, a sensation. Clothes are only part of it. And you will make some mistakes along the way, but that is part of the charm. As you grow older, more experienced, and start earning more money, your style will evolve with that, sure. But it doesn't need to start this way. Find something that inspires you stylistically, and go from there.

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post #39 of 46
Unless you're interviewing for a job, the dressiest most college students ever need is a half-decent blazer and a half-decent pair of no-iron khakis, both of which you can get cheap. You shouldn't be spending much time or money on clothes, especially if you're in debt.
post #40 of 46
I'm 20 and in University. I do wear all the designer clothes, but I never pay retail, except for my new jacket (size 36) because my size is so limited by time the sale comes it will be gone from experience from last two years. It set me back $1,300 but it should be good for the next 5 years. My situation is a little different. No debt and enough saved for rest of school tuition and when I graduate in two years I will even have enough for a 20% downpayment for a house, maybe even more given the current economic mess. My way of thinking is I'd rather have a fewer amount of nice things rather than a lot of cheaper things. So I do wear the designer clothes and accessories, but don't buy as much in quantity and take extra good care of my clothes (hand wash, hang dry, soaking black clothes in vinegar b4 wash to keep the color rich). Wait for the sales!!!! Here's an ex. of some of my deals for a typical outfit, all Italian made clothing and in current style. Shoes $100 (retail $350), Jeans $50 (retail $175), Dress Shirt $100 (retail $350). These are some of the better deals, but sometimes I spend double and its still ok. Accessories- Watch $500 (retail $1000- bought a $1000 gift card for $500 at an auction), ring $300 (retail $550). The lesson is buy designer things to look good, get it at a wholesale price (so its the same amount of money you spend on clothes as your peers, but you end up with nicer things), and take care of them and they will last much longer than the made in China junk.
post #41 of 46
Style and taste are unrelated to money, but of course it's easier to express them if you are rich

It also depends on where you live, as an example in Italy is somehow easy to find bespoke at reasonable prices if you are really into that.
I mean, if you are into expressing your own style with items designed for you and partly by you, not considering the fitting advantage of bespoke over rtw, which is sometimes hard to get right at first time.
post #42 of 46
Wealth is an enabler.

It is not the only one.
post #43 of 46
It's good to have style, but when I was in school I considered it a godsend to find $5 bucks on the ground. I'd not even consider buying new unless it was absolutely necessary.

If someone is in debt, spending money on clothing is simply wasteful. Focus on your education and put off spending money (even if it means sacrificing a bit of trends). You'll reap far greater rewards later on in life.
post #44 of 46
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Do not discover StyleForum until you're out of school and making a decent income.

Yeah... So I've realized. We should really put a warning banner at the top of the home page or something, like "Attention: Do Not Enter Without Disposable Income!" I blame you all.

Anyway, I'm in a pretty similar situation (mercifully sans debt), and I've just taken to working a couple days a week at the library. Get paid to do your homework, thrift every other weekend or so. It's smarter money-wise, and it's great stress relief to ditch campus for a bit and buy yourself a tie (or what have you) with money you earned. Especially after midterms.
post #45 of 46
Unless you're going to thrift, it will cost you dearly. You'll quickly find yourself re-defining what a bargain is.

$500 for a suit and $100 for a shirt, and $200 for shoes may be a bargain to most people here, but if you randomly pick a guy walking down the street and ask him, he'll probably tell you those prices are ridiculous.
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