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so, how many of you would actually spend....

(26 Posts)
Daffy55 Wed 23-Jan-13 20:36:02

the kind of money a lot of the clothes featured in the Times Style magazine cost.

Who would really spend £300 on a skirt or a top and £500 on boots or a dress?

I would never, ever spend that much and just wondered how many 'normal' (ie not celebrity or super rich) people would.

jenesaispas Wed 23-Jan-13 20:39:08

I often think about this! When I'm reading, say, Marie Claire, there are pages of ££££ clothes - who buys them? I just move on to the 'bargain' high street section (which is still pretty expensive).

Not really answering your question, apart from not me.

Hassled Wed 23-Jan-13 20:39:08

Not me and it baffles the hell out of me too. There's a good fashion bit in the Guardian Weekend - but the gorgeous trousers will be £200+ etc. I don't actually know anyone who would spend that sort of money.

Drywhiteplease Wed 23-Jan-13 20:40:53

Well, I think they give you ideas to copy cheaper, think it may be "aspirational". Nonsense really.

hermioneweasley Wed 23-Jan-13 20:44:22

Agree. - I earn a good salary and I wouldn't spend that (thoug I am very tight!) so I wonder who does?!

WipsGlitter Wed 23-Jan-13 20:44:24

It really bugs me in magazines like Red and Easy Living where I really think labels like jaeger/reiss/lkbennet would be average ish spend range. I think it's so the magazine editors can get freebies and hobnob.

Ragwort Wed 23-Jan-13 20:47:00

Totally agree - we take the Telegraph at home which I am sure it is for boring, middle aged elderly folk (like us grin) yet they have the most ridiculous, outlandish fashion pages, really who buys that sort of crap stuff??

PoppyWearer Wed 23-Jan-13 20:48:54

No way I ever would!

I also get very annoyed by magazine fashion spreads in Red and so on. A pointless waste of paper.

SassySask Wed 23-Jan-13 20:53:59

If they're nice looking, a decent material and I would get a lot of use out of them I would definitely buy them.
£500 on a decent pair of shoes is an investment! Or at least that's what I tell my DP when I show him them! Same for a lovely dress!
Wouldn't spend £300 on a top though...that's a bit much!

mysteryfairy Wed 23-Jan-13 20:58:14

I always wonder what proportion of stuff gets sold at full price and whether it is a relatively small proprtion. I like to buy nice things though not quite at the level mentioned, but a lot of things I buy in the sales and pick up lovely things from selfridges, Harvey nics, my wardrobe, net a porter etc this way plus use codes. For instance My Wardrobe already bombarding with codes that give chunky discounts on new season stock. So many other posters on here seem to do the same. I wonder if a lot of stock is priced with an expectation that it will typically be sold at a generous discount other than to a very small number of people?

Annianni Wed 23-Jan-13 20:59:02

I used to, before dc.
I spent my teens and twenties spending daft amounts of money on clothes and shoes.

None of them fit me anymore though

But I had lots of fun at the time.

Hulababy Wed 23-Jan-13 21:01:30

I wouldn't as have far more other stuff to spend my money on, which I place higher importance.

A friend of ours is single and a reasonably high earner. He does. But then he has a lot less other stuff to spend money on.

ggirl Wed 23-Jan-13 21:04:06

I've spent £400 on a coat but that's very unusual.
No way would I normally spend that .
Agree the fashion columns are nonsense

AmberNectarine Wed 23-Jan-13 21:30:50

I do spend a lot of money on my wardrobe but I nearly always buy at a discount. I will buy the things I absolutely love at full price but mostly I buy in the sale/with a pre-sale code. Plus I get a 30% my wardrobe discount through work, which is very useful. I also buy from Shopbop, for cheaper denim.

Doshusallie Wed 23-Jan-13 21:32:48

No way. I buy clothes far too often to justify those prices.

Nagoo Wed 23-Jan-13 21:38:49

It's another world.

ifancyashandy Wed 23-Jan-13 21:39:42

For some things yes. I have a Mulberry coat which was eye wateringly expensive 15 years ago. It still looks brand new and was worth every single penny. Same for some Jill Sander trousers, a Boss suit, Vivienne Westwood dresses and skirts. I buy classics that will last, style wise.

I adore buying clothes!

Arisbottle Wed 23-Jan-13 21:49:59

I will spend a few hundred on a dress for work or more for a going our outfit. Workwear in particular gets well worn and it lasts .

jackstini Wed 23-Jan-13 21:53:25

Not me - I earn a decent salary but anything in the 'hundreds' in frightening

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Wed 23-Jan-13 22:00:51

No, I can't remember spending more than a hundred pounds on a single item ever.

MirandaWest Wed 23-Jan-13 22:02:39

It's not a world I live in.

marriedinwhite Wed 23-Jan-13 22:03:38

Nope. I have a Basler coat that I paid over £300 for in 2005. I got it out the other day and it's still almost perfect. But no, I wouldn't. Perhaps one good suit for about £300 but that lasts for years. Apart from that usually Per Una, Boden, Mint Velvet, perhaps a Jaeger skirt in the sale or something from LK B for a very special occasion like a wedding but the few things I own like that have been worth their weight in gold on a cost per wear basis.

I reckon I spend 1500 per year on clothes tops. And that's a lot imo.

RemusLupinsBiggestGroupie Wed 23-Jan-13 22:04:01

Not me. The most I've ever spent is £100 on a leather jacket, and £100ish each on a VW dress and two VW skirts.

joliejolie Wed 23-Jan-13 22:05:14

I think that when I read Grazia. It isn't exactly a high end glossy, but the clothes are all outrageously priced and don't often have a cheaper alternative.

Having said that, I have spent a nice chunk on certain items, but only if I know they are unlikely to date and the quality is good enough to last years. Mulberry handbags, leather jackets, ankle boots....all cost a fortune, but worth every penny.

mrscog Wed 23-Jan-13 22:09:51

No I haven't and couldn't currently. I like to think that I would treat myself if I had pots of money, but I think the reality is that I probably wouldn't be able to bring myself to do it especially if I had a mortgage as I'd feel obliged to use excess money to overpay it.

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