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Are you one of the people who buy dresses for £200 +

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listsandbudgets Tue 04-Nov-14 20:29:13

Who are these people?

I need a dress for an important occasion and as I had nothing suitable to wear I went hunting through charity shops. After a couple of hours and a lot of shops, I admitted defeat and headed for the proper shops. I budgeted a maximum of £100 which I hoped was generous.. Almost nothing that was suitable, my size and I liked seemed to be less than £125 A lot of them were £200 plus.

I finally fell in love with a £199 dress thankfully reduced to £79. The lovely sales assistant told me that it was the last one of that line and hadn't sold as it was an unusual size (20 blush ). The rest had gone at the full price.

So are you one of those people and do you really feel the dresses are worth what you paid? Perhaps I'm just tight with money and need to accept taht this is the price of a nice dress now.

pippinleaf Tue 04-Nov-14 20:31:19

My wedding dress cost £600 and I wobbled over that. There is no way I would spend more than £80 on a dress and I'd feel bad about spending that and I'm on a good salary. I'm just not that I to clothes though. I'll happily spend £80 on knitting wool.

listsandbudgets Tue 04-Nov-14 20:32:03

(sorry meant to put this in chat don't know how it ended up here)

bellarations Tue 04-Nov-14 20:32:36

In your circumstances, of attending something important or special, yes and without feeling it was that expensive if it made me feel food.
Otoh if I saw a dress in a charity shop for a £1 and it made me feel good I'd be just as happy.

OublietteBravo Tue 04-Nov-14 20:32:43

I'd certainly spend £200+ on a dress for work (although most of mine are more around the £180 mark). For a special occasion -probably not (unless I knew I'd get lots of wear out of it).

bellarations Tue 04-Nov-14 20:33:44

If course food should be good. smile

saintsandpoets Tue 04-Nov-14 20:33:56

I am one of these people. Clothes are my luxury. blush

QuintsBombWithAWiew Tue 04-Nov-14 20:35:55

No I am not.

I hate clothes. I have to wear them, though. But would never spend a lot.

rookiemater Tue 04-Nov-14 20:36:12

No, not me.

When I'm in Coast or Jigsaw or Hobbs, I always wonder who has the money to spend £150+ on a dress that you wear once.

I remember even feeling the same pre DC when I was in my early 30s and in the higher tax bracket ( halycon days) and a dress size smaller than I am today.
I guess it must be about priorities. I would pay £150+ for a good winter coat or £100+ for boots, but that's because I know I'm going to wear them many, many times. Even then I need to buy in the sales from the shops I like.
Am going through a similar dilemma for works do christmas outfit. I know I need to get something, but my lifestyle <ahem> means it won't be worn again, oh and our boss on his humungous salary has decided it would be fun to incorprorate tartan into our outfits, which makes it a bit limiting. I'm tempted just to wear my all purpose Phase Eight black shift dress with tartan tights.

Bogeyface Tue 04-Nov-14 20:37:17

It depends on whether I could afford it or not. If it would mean serious saving up or a battering of the budget then no, no even is that important. If I could buy it without a shred of concern on the bank account then I probably would.

As it is, I am definitely too poor to buy a £200 dress even if I did save up, so its a moot point!

WineWineWine Tue 04-Nov-14 20:37:51

Not a chance!
£50 is my limit, and that would have to be pretty exceptional!

SoldeInvierno Tue 04-Nov-14 20:39:45

yes, mostly work dresses

MargaretoftheSavoy Tue 04-Nov-14 20:39:58

I would rather buy something really nice that I will wear a hundred times and feel happy in it than scrimp and not really be that keen on it.

Having said that, lots of expensive dresses in the high street are awful quality and I have several dresses which I love and have lasted and cost a lot less than £200.

DidoTheDodo Tue 04-Nov-14 20:40:03

No not me.
Maybe if I felt I'd look fabulous in it I'd be more inclined, but I could never justify spending that much on a dress for any occasion. (My wedding dress was £60)

CaptainAnkles Tue 04-Nov-14 20:40:35

I think the most I've ever spent on a dress was £80. I couldn't justify spending amounts in the hundreds on clothing.

angeltulips Tue 04-Nov-14 20:40:54

I am.

I can afford it and I prefer plainer, simpler styles which I find often - not always - look better in better quality material which you often - not always - find at higher price points.

I very rarely buy things I only wear once so I don't see the problem.

uncannyvalley Tue 04-Nov-14 20:41:31

I have spent 200 and I have spent 400. Actually, come to think of it, I have spent 800 on a skirt.

I am that person.

Did you want to ask me something? smile

listsandbudgets Tue 04-Nov-14 20:43:17

Yes Uncannyvally - can I take your credit card out for the day?

uncannyvalley Tue 04-Nov-14 20:46:33

I don't use a credit card - I have no debt at all.

You can rifle through my hand-me-downs if you like <magnanimous>

slug Tue 04-Nov-14 20:46:46

I have two dresses that cost between £120 and £150. Both are a German designer and both were on sale. They are incredibly comfortable and wearable. I wore one today. During the winter they are worn with weekly regularity. But they both required major arm twisting from DH before I unclenched enough to buy them.

I have four rules for dress buying. They must be at least 3 of the following:

Have sleeves
Do not need ironing
Have pockets
Be on sale

Fuckwitteryhasform Tue 04-Nov-14 20:49:21

Oooh you should buy your dresses on a credit card uncannyvalley you can get tesco clubcard points!

listsandbudgets Tue 04-Nov-14 20:49:29

I'll be round in the morning uncannyvalley smile I don't have any debt either thankfully.

bigbluestars Tue 04-Nov-14 20:49:51

God no. I never spend much on clothes at all- mostly charity shops. I doo spend a lot of time staying in shape though- 5 hours at the gym at least a week and I watch what I eat. It means I can throw on any size 10 dress and it usually looks good.

Mrsgrumble Tue 04-Nov-14 20:51:36

About 100 is my limit, even for a family wedding.

Ragwort Tue 04-Nov-14 20:51:39

No - I used to work in the 'fashion industry' and it put me off for life grin. So shallow and so many clothes are made in third world countries where people are paid a pittance. sad.

I only buy from charity shops - and yes, probably some of the things I buy are designer lines and have been made in unethical conditions so I agree I am being a bit hypocritical. However, I do get some lovely clothes and end up spending very little .............. I could afford to spend more on clothes but just have other priorities for my spending.

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