I was chatting with someone a few days ago, and he was telling me about his daughter, who lives and works in Manhattan. She has a new job, and with her first paycheck bought a bunch of expensive clothes. Including a thousand-dollar leather jacket, and (get this!) a single pair of jeans for $168.
The daughter works in a world where everybody is required to dress in fashionable clothing every day, and don’t really have a choice in the matter. She was self-conscious about the state of her wardrobe, and the moment she had money in her account… raced out and corrected the problem.
It’s a world I don’t know, and don’t want to know. I worked in the music industry for 20 years, where the dress code was “you should probably wear something.” Even when I was a semi-bigshot at Warner, I still wore jeans most days, and rarely tucked in my shirt. Hell, when your boss is in flip-flops and cargo shorts, there’s no real need to shop at Sak’s.
So, spending large amounts of money for clothes is foreign to me, completely foreign. However, the thousand dollar jacket didn’t surprise me all that much; that one didn’t even make me flinch. I’d never do such a thing, needless to say, but it’s not shocking. The $168 jeans, though… THOSE are shocking. Sweet sainted mother of Bobby Buntrock!
I told him I don’t think I’ve ever purchased a single article of clothing that cost that much money. I said it as a joke, but believe it’s an accurate statement. I bought a winter coat when we first moved here, that cost $150. I’m almost sure it’s the most cash I’ve ever forked over for a single clothing item.
Many years ago, during a different lifetime, we had an accountant/financial advisor. One time we were going over our household budget with him, and he asked how much I spend every year on clothes. I shrugged and said, “Two hundred bucks?” He laughed, and said, “No, seriously.” I felt social pressure to up the number, but the first one was probably pretty close to the truth.
For the record, I don’t like to spend more than $20 for jeans and shirts, and $50 for shoes. Is that pure insanity? I’ve been able to get by, and don’t believe I look too horrible. But what do I know about it? Fashion is one spot above owl trivia on my Big List of Interests.
But what about you? How much do you spend every year on clothes? And what’s the most expensive clothing item you’ve ever bought? Are you required to be all fancy-ass at work? Thankfully my ass does not have to be fancy, I can comfortably dress-down the ass at work, and it’s perfectly acceptable.
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