(Closed) How much are you willing to spend on a single item of clothing?

posted 6 years ago in The Lounge
  • poll: How much are you willing to spend on a single item of clothing? A maximum of;
    $100 : (70 votes)
    27 %
    $200 : (96 votes)
    37 %
    $500 : (42 votes)
    16 %
    $1,000 : (10 votes)
    4 %
    $1,500 : (11 votes)
    4 %
    $2,000 : (9 votes)
    3 %
    $2,500 : (2 votes)
    1 %
    $3,000+ : (19 votes)
    7 %
  • Post # 32
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    2922 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I voted $200 but I don’t think I’ve ever spent that much (wedding dress excepted, and that was around $500.) Frankly, we live in a world where people are starving, and homeless, and that makes it impossible for me to justify buying designer anything. I buy a lot of clothes secondhand. I’m so boring.

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    Post # 33
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    713 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Totally depends on the item. I love watches, and while my most expensive watch is around $3,000, in the future I imagine I would spend upwards of $10,000 for a watch when we could afford to spend more frivolously (school loans first!!). I’ve spent around $1,000 for shoes, I would spend around $1,500 for a purse. I’m weird about clothes though. I like high end products that I could get a good deal on. I hate paying full price for a pair of jeans. 

    Post # 34
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    592 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2013

    My most expensive accessory was A $2200 handbag so I think $3000 would be my max in that department. Clothing I’d cap at $300 and the same for shoes. Something like a winter coat I’d spend more because you get a lot of use out of those. 

    Post # 35
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    2156 posts
    Buzzing bee

    @Mischka:  I have a trench exactly like the one pictured. It’s DKNY. Fits me like an effing glove, I love it!

    I got it for $50 at TJ Maxx. It’s a designer piece, looks expensive (well, orginial price was expensive) but I got  it for a fraction of the price.

    Same with my $200 Tommy leather purse. Got it for $80 on Amazon. 

    I like to look for deals rather than immediately splurging on a luxury item. 

    Post # 36
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    1556 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    I answered before I realized it was exclusive of the wedding dress.

    I’d spend about $300-$400 max on an article of clothing or accessory. And for that it would have to be very very special.

    Post # 37
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    511 posts
    Busy bee

    I think it depends on how much money you make. I’m older and established in my career. When I was in my 20s and just starting out I would have had drastically different answers. 

    Edited to add: It has nothing to do with ‘showing off’, because for example, I love this bag, it’s a pre-order Alexander McQueen bag. It’s $4,000 and there’s no name, no emblems or anything, no one would know I had a $4,000 bag, unless you’re into designer’s and fashion you may not even know who Alexander McQueen is, I just love the bag, and trust me the quality is like nothing you’ll ever find in a less expensive bag.

     

     

     

     

     

     

    Post # 38
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    4998 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I’d say $300-400 max, for like a fabulous coat, bag, or boots. 

    Post # 39
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    4698 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    Depends how badly I want the item… I have limits (ie. probably won’t own a Birkin or a chinchilla coat), but I would buy both that Burberry trench and the Givenchy bag.

    I hmm and ha over items for a long time before I buy them, and would much rather spend $1500 on a trenchcoat and have it forever than spend $100 on something and toss it in a few years because of wear and tear.

     

    Post # 40
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    18628 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I would spend max of $500 on a purse but I will use it for years. For other clothing, I can barely spend over $100 on a jacket or a pair of boots.

    Post # 42
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    2023 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    I do not classify purses as clothing so I voted $200.  It is probably more like $125 max that I would spend on clothing. 

    Post # 43
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    2922 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    @Mischka:  You’re absolutely right. To me, there’s a difference between functional and designer. But to be honest, I don’t live the kind of life where I could afford designer anything anyway, so maybe I’m just envious of people who can buy really expensive things without going into debt. (And maybe I’m not – it’s hard to know for sure when you’re not there.)

    Post # 44
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    9681 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    @Mischka:  I don’t consider a purse clothing and I find them to be wastes of money. It depends what the clothing item is, but I cannot imagine anything I’d be willing to spend more than $500 on. I’m not into labels or what I perceive as status symbols. None of that is important to me. 

    However, we all have areas where we splurge. I have no issue with spending money on a luxury SUV, my home, or fun possessions that we can enjoy as a family, such as a boat. It really depends where your priorities are but so long as you aren’t going into debt to keep up with the Jones’ then who cares? 

    However, we make joint purchase decisions so if my husband wasn’t comfortable, I wouldn’t spend the money. Our thinking on this issue aligns though. 

    Post # 45
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    6354 posts
    Bee Keeper

    This will sound more stupid than it is, but “as much as it costs.”

    I am not a careless spender, but I also don’t have a firm amount which an item must be under or over. It depends on the item: The quality I need/want in it, its availability, and of course what is reasonable considering my financial situation.

    For most things I spend what I consider a middle amount for people in my financial bracket, and when I pay more (and for some things I know I pay much more than most people) it is never for a brand name to advertise. For example, my most expensive handbags were never “it” bags and do not have the brand name plastered all over them. Same with jewelry, etc. I only spend more when the item just blows me away (ME, not what I think other people will think about it, just me, I am fascinated with it), there is no more affordable similar-enough equivalent, and although the price is a bit eye-popping, in truth I can buy it without negatively impacting any of our financial goals. This happens rarely, but every so often it does occur.

    Post # 46
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    395 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2015

    ive never spent more then 200$ on a single item. (love my tna sweater or guess bags) I just dont see the reason in buying things just for the name or logo when you can find pretty similiar things out there. I rather save it for trips or better things, im also not trying to impress anyone, hubby would probably laugh at me if I bought a bag for 3,000. i live in winnipeg.. not la or hollywood lol

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