The lavishness of some of the people on SF (foo, for example) boggles my mind.
The guy bought 5 pairs of M2M cordovan wingtips. All the same, for a sartorial 'experiment'.
Meanwhile in Aus I can't convince my mate to buy a tie over $50...
My plebeian mind remains boggled.
Well, it's possibly slightly off-topic, but about clothes, so here goes:
Took the fast train out to Suzhou from Shanghai today with the fiancée to see about wedding dresses. I have no idea what a well-made, medium-fancy OTR wedding dress costs in Australia any more - a while back though, I think they were a few thousand bucks, and if you had one made bespoke, you might be looking at five digits. Indeed I'm sure I heard quite recently that some friend-of-a-friend spent $16,000 on hers.
Well, to cut a long story short, we found the most gorgeous wedding dress in Suzhou for my bride-to-be...for around A$350. It's a stunner, and she looks stunning in it. Fits just about perfectly - may require slight taking-in around the tummy area, which should be easy given the way the panels have been cut.
There's this particular area of Suzhou with at least 200 wedding-dress shops, arranged in rows down either side of narrow pedestrian streets. Sure, 99% of the dresses are hideous, some of them direly so. But we came armed with a few photos of the style we wanted, and were very quickly ushered upstairs (all the shops have several levels) and usually they were able to find something semi-decent. We persevered until she put on one dress which just knocked me sideways. And that was it...
...until she informed me that in China, brides usually change costume at least two or three times during the course of the day.
So we kept going. And an hour or so later, we had bought an additional two dresses, one of which is the kind of number Fan BingBing might wear to an Oscars red-carpet walk. The sort of dress whose appearance is accompanied by the soft clattering sound of many sets of dentures hitting the floor. She will only ever get to wear this purple La Stupenda once in her life, most likely. But it will be worth it.
Three dresses in total, plus costume jewellery, veil, gloves, jaunty hat...all hand-made, not a synthetic fibre in sight, and the whole lot for well under A$1,000. I'm still in shock.