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How much do you spend on clothes per year?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jetLab, May 7, 2002.

  1. gregory

    gregory Well-Known Member

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    Too much given that I haven't started working. But my wardrobe isn't large at all. I sold tons of stuff that I didn't like anymore on eBay. I raised close to $1000. I actually sat down and did an inventory. Items marked with an asterisk* are those that I do not own yet and plan to acquire by the end of the year, or those that no longer fit me and need to be replaced. Suits (2): Charcoal, Navy* Shirts (24): Jantzen (13), Gala (2), Dunhill (3) Slacks (4): Navy, Bankers grey, Charcoal*, Navy* Chinos (2): Navy*, Stone* Chino shorts (2): Navy*, Stone* Polos (6): Lacoste white, Lacoste navy, Ralph Lauren navy, Ralph Lauren aqua, Le Tigre maroon, Oxford Univ navy, Perry Ellis navy Jeans (2): Levi's, Old Navy* Shoes (5): Captoe Black*, Captoe Brown*, Lacoste Sneaker, Zegna Sport Sneaker, Sandal* Sweaters (1): Brioni Roma Cashmere Navy Fleece (2): Oxford Univ Navy, U2 green Casual Jackets (3): Emporio Armani Black, DKNY Beige, Old Navy Brown Suede Belts (5): Zegna black, Italy black, Banana Republic dark brown, Banana Republic brown, U2 cotton* [​IMG]
     
  2. ernest

    ernest Well-Known Member

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    Around 6 000 USD for 6 mounths.

    27 shirts = 2 200 USD
    4 suits = 1 900 USD
    1 pair of shoes = 600 USD
    5 cashemir sweaters = 700 USD
    2 pairs of cufflinks = 300 USD
    Braces and ties = 200 USD
     
  3. LA Guy

    LA Guy Opposite Santa Staff Member

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    And I wonder why you live at home and never travel. Honestly, unless you are either in the fashion industry (in which case a constantly chaning wardrobe is practically a job requirement) you have made too many purchases over the last 6 months. 27 shirts, for example, means that, assuming that you don't wear any of your older shirts, each of the shirts an average of about 7 times. And it's unclear what you need 5 cashmere sweaters for. I know Paris, and it is not that cold in the summer months. Also, if you can't even afford rent, I doubt that you are in a job where a $600+ pair of shoes (on discount, I imagine, from what you have posted about your love of a bargain) would be seen to be a credit to you. Sorry - seems excessive. I'm not an advocate of the frugal life, but really - at least save some money to go eat with your friends, take a trip, or even kick in fair rent to your parents.
     
  4. ernest

    ernest Well-Known Member

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    Around 6 000 USD for 6 mounths. 27 shirts = 2 200 USD 4 suits = 1 900 USD 1 pair of shoes = 600 USD 5 cashemir sweaters = 700 USD 2 pairs of cufflinks = 300 USD Braces and ties = 200 USD
    And I wonder why you live at home and never travel.  Honestly, unless you are either in the fashion industry (in which case a constantly chaning wardrobe is practically a job requirement) you have  made too many purchases over the last 6 months.  27 shirts, for example, means that, assuming that you don't wear any of your older shirts, each of the shirts an average of about 7 times.  And it's unclear what you need 5 cashmere sweaters for.  I know Paris, and it is not that cold in the summer months.  Also, if you can't even afford rent, I doubt that you are in a job where a $600+ pair of shoes (on discount, I imagine, from what you have posted about your love of a bargain) would be seen to be a credit to you.  Sorry - seems excessive.  I'm not an advocate of the frugal life, but really - at least save some money to go eat with your friends, take a trip, or even kick in fair rent to your parents.
    I do not travel as I do not like it. What a luck . I can spend this savings in nice garments. For severals years I have been looking for nice shirts. I tried MTM (between 70 euros and 120 euros), bespoke (around 150 euros), RTW (Dior, Lanvin, YSL, Nina Ricci) but was never satistied. When I started to work, I bought 8 poor MTM shirts (and little by little RTW shirts durinf sales) Now these shirts have too short sleeves (5cm missing) because I bought them to short and because they shrinked too much (my mother washed them at 40° and fabrics is not 2 fold) and used collars. So I can say I had no good shirt any more (if i had any time) when I discovered Jermyn street. I discovered english shirts 6 mounths ago and for sales price I guess they are great bargains and as I do not like a garment get used when I love it I bought in quantity. 67 euros per shirts for h&k, h&h or t&a is a bargain up to me. Now I have 30 nice shirts for work I can wear for WE too as I have no casual shirts. May be buying 30 shirts in 6 mounths seems too much but when you have only them it sounds different, isn't it? Do not worry about me, I have money to eat with friends a and to give money or gift too my parents ( I bought 6 shirts for my father 15 days ago at 44 euros instead of 180 euros&#33[​IMG]. Concerning shoes, 600 USD is only 500 euros, price of my master class of church's. What king of job do you need to wear 600 USD shoes? What kind of shoes should I wear up to you? I am unemployed so I need only sleeper for the moment. Even when I was working I could work in 50 euros shoes like 99% of people could in their job (I was in a derivative back-office). BUT I dress for the job I would like to have, not for the one I have. I hope I will have a good job in the coming 5 years and my feet will keep the same. Dressing is not only to give credit but for pleasure. Shoes I like are never on sales so I paid the full price. For my master class I made a little saving as I bought them 325 GBP and they are more expensive in France. I know Church's is not the best purchase for price but Crocket and Green do not fit me (hurt in the back) so I have no choice. Cashmere sweater were at 100 euros instead of 500/600 euros.... I should have be stupid not to buy them, do not think so? Sellers said me cashemer would not be on sales for next winter sales so I made bargain which I must not find in future. I will keep them 10 years. I can stay 10 years without buying as cashmere sweater. For 700 USD only. I bought sweater on January as I also live in Paris in winter mounths... If you think I bought too much you should have a look on my dressing and tell me what you think about it......... My dressing : 16 suits (10 never worn) 35 shirts (30 new) 62 ties 7 pair of shoes (2 never worn) 3 coats 2 rain coats 14 pair of cufflinks 14 pair of braces 6 pyjamas 2 belts P.S Is my english improving thanks to this site?
     
  5. marc37

    marc37 Well-Known Member

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    YES. You are doing very well Ernest, l can [actually] understand what you are saying now. Congratulations. Keep up the good work son. [​IMG]
     
  6. Looking to improve

    Looking to improve Well-Known Member

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    Same here.
     
  7. FzyLgic

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  8. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Well-Known Member

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    You know, now that I think about it, before purging my closet of old stuff and building my wardrobe for my post-student life (I've been building for about 3 months now), I bet I had spent under $500 the previous year on clothing.

    My best guess is that the wardrobe building -- both casual and work stuff -- is going to cost around $4000. Not too bad, though, because my spending will then severely taper off.

    Oh, and I'm not including gifts in that amount, obviously.
     
  9. AJL

    AJL Well-Known Member

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    Will it? I guess at some point you'll be able to determine whether your  interest lies more or less solely in the practical aspect of "wardrobe building" or, like so many of the rest of us, you become obsessed with acquiring and consuming and collecting (far more than is practical or necessary). I must confess, I am somewhat of an anomoly here, as I do not work in an office, hence have little need for suits or business dress clothes in general. That is not to say I have no interest in suits & dress clothes (I've learned a lot from you guys and will employ some of that knowledge strategically to purchase a really nice suit or two & some sportcoats when the time is "right". Obviously, I'm in no rush.) Most of my spending therefore is on casual stuff and sportswear with some dressy stuff in the mix. Lately, thanks to you folks [​IMG] I have been bitten by the shoe bug and will soon have far more shoes than I have need of, with potentially additional pairs in the planning. To further illustrate my obsession vs. practical consumption (and further my personal narrative), not only do I not work in an office setting, I am in fact the co-owner of a small housepainting business in the Boston area and rarely wear even my sportclothes during the business day (think "whites", and not as Tom Wolfe would have it). I'm sure the mere thought of this has some of you breaking out in a cold sweat. [​IMG] To underscore what others have said, I spend far more than I should (and have less ability to justify my purchases than most). However I should add that, thanks also to this august forum, I now recognize that I need not (nay, should not) pay retail prices for the clothes I buy. In the past I would think nothing about popping into Needless Markup and paying $300 for a pair of wool trousers, and $200 each for a couple of Zegna cotton sport shirts and maybe $200 for a belt. Not that I would always pay full retail mind you, its just that now I see there are more options, and unless I see something that I "absolutely have to have", it seems foolish to pay full price.
     
  10. sirgarnetwolseley

    sirgarnetwolseley Well-Known Member

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    I am a gentleman-hobo and I don't think I spend near enough on clothes. By my estimation, I am 2 pairs of C&J handgrades short of being able to go out in public. And my upcoming fall wardrobe is a mess, no jacketing planned at all.
     
  11. VMan

    VMan Well-Known Member

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    Correct me if I am wrong, but wouldn't a gentleman-hobo be satisfied purchasing Southwick suits and Alden shoes from a thrift store? Doesn't sound like money would be such an issue in those sorts of stores. [​IMG]
     
  12. sirgarnetwolseley

    sirgarnetwolseley Well-Known Member

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    "I'm a simple man... with complex tastes" - Calvin from Calvin & Hobbes
    Strangely, no. I am (un)fortunately graced with uncommon taste in clothes. Balancing one's wardrobe needs with one's other basic needs for living (alcohol, art, food, shelter) might be easy if your an investment banker but rather more complicated when your a flaneur. My current profession, drinking espresso, doesn't pay very well. While I have no qualms shopping at thrift-stores, I know of only a few that sell vintage Savile Row clothing and they are all located in London, far from my usual tramping grounds. I'm on the verge of making another pilgrimage to London and have pretty well worked out a system for free air travel (it involves a cargo plane). While there, I plan on trying on some Crockett & Jones handgrades. If the 337 last fits my over-sized but narrow-ankled feet, then I will be compelled to make a purchase. Incidentally, if anyone can recommend a good London hostel that caters to gentlemen-hobos, as opposed to drunken Australian students, I would appreciate it.
     
  13. johnnynorman3

    johnnynorman3 Well-Known Member

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    LJ,

    I would say that my "wardrobe building" is very extensive -- I see the need of having two pairs of black shoes, 2 pairs of brown shoes, and one pair of burgundy, even though I could make due with simply the two pair of black. I see a need to have both a pair of oxfords to wear with chinos and jeans AND have the McCallum Chukkas, when really I good make due with one of those. I see the need in having a couple of cashmere sweaters when merino wool might do. I recently bought 5 pairs of Polo shorts (avg cost of $26 each) even though I could make due with one and wear it out really quickly. To that extent, my "wardrobe building" is a bit extensive.

    But I'm not a person who is going to have 25 suits in the closet -- I just don't have the closet space nor the money. I am not going to have more than 10 pairs of shoes total, I guarantee it. I won't have more than 20 shirts, or more than 6 - 7 suits, or more than 3 - 4 pairs of dress slacks.
     
  14. Chimes

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    Im scared to even try to do the math...
     
  15. TomW

    TomW Well-Known Member

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    I honestly don't want to know. I spent more than I should, and less than I can. If I knew exactly how much I spend per annum, much of the pleasure of clothing would evaporate. Unlike the esteemed johnnynorman3, I have 15 suits, 50+ dress shirts, 40+ pairs of shoes, 5 sportcoats and 15 pairs of odd trousers. That doesn't even touch on the casual side of my wardrobe...

    In my own defense, other than a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity, I must say that it's taken nearly 15 years to amass what currently overflows the closets in my home - and I really like not having to wear the same pair of shoes more than 4-5 times a year - they last forever that way.
     
  16. dorian

    dorian Well-Known Member

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    I must ask: what types and makes of shoes? 40+ is a god-awful lot of shoes. I now have some sort of response to my girlfriend's mocking comments regarding my shoe collection. I have (only.?) 20 some odd pair. But, then, I am 24, so my vice has time to mature. [​IMG]
     
  17. TomW

    TomW Well-Known Member

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    Allen Edmonds, Alden, Crockett & Jones, Church's are the majority, a pair of Bass Weejun's, Sperry Topsiders, and a few odds and ends.
     
  18. Tater_Salad

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    I honestly have no clue, but I'm betting at least a couple thousand.
     
  19. A Harris

    A Harris Well-Known Member

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    Hmm, well, I'm in a unique position, because what I spend on new clothes each year is always much less than the proceeds resulting from the sale of the items they replace. So the only thing I ever spend is time.
     
  20. slave2fashion

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    I don't feel so badly now that I see I'm in the majority. I read an interview with Giorgio Armani, one of my favorite designers, who said he thinks Levi jeans are quintessential fashion items, and so I have convinced myself I can be stylish on a strict budget.
     

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