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<$100 7 6.86%
$100-$199 17 16.67%
$200-$399 37 36.27%
$400-$599 13 12.75%
$600-$799 11 10.78%
$800-$999 7 6.86%
$1000 or more 10 9.80%
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Old 03-05-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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Clothing: What's the most you've ever spent? (POLL)

Inspired by the Shoe thread, I am starting this one. Way back in 1985 I spent the equivalent of about $700 on a power dress (Dynasty style) for a special occasion. (I also bought matching shoes and makeup). I was celebrating a significant career achievement and the possibilities seemed endless. I was living within my means, but not below.

Now that the possibilities have, for the most part, been realized, last year I spent only $625 on clothing, in total, taxes included.

How about you?
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This is probably revealing to much but back in the day when I was working for someone else, I was promoted to VP and as part of the congratulations package I was handed 1.5K to go out and buy a new wardrobe. At first I was a little insulted but then I caught a glimpse of myself in the mirror and said "oh yeah, good point"

So, I duly went out and bought said fine and fancy threads. Due to my inbuilt inability to waste money I couldn't quite bring myself to spend the whole 1.5K but got close.
As we were leaving the thieves den, I caught sight of a beautiful trench coat on a strikingly masculine mannequin. Hey, I said to myself, I'm kind of strikingly masculine aren't I ? (I had a full beard then). Besides, I still have money left and that trench coat would make me look like Bogart in Casablanca !

Long story short, I didn't have enough company money left but bought it anyway by topping it up with my own funds.

So, I walked out wearing what was essentially an $800 dollar rain poncho.

It doesn't rain that much in Ontario.

I didn't look like Bogart. More like Sydney Greenstreet.

Fifteen years later, it went to Goodwill.

Every time it rains I keep expecting to run into a very well dressed bum who's got a ticket on the last plane out of town.
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I plead guilty to having spent $300+ yrs ago on a pair of Italian cycling shoes. Far more than I've ever spent of street shoes.
But in my defense, those Sidi's fit perfectly & are still in great shape after outlasting multiple pairs of cheaper bike shoes.
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I spent less than $100 on clothing last year, but DW spent a lot more.
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I plead guilty to having spent $300+ yrs ago on a pair of Italian cycling shoes. Far more than I've ever spent of street shoes.
But in my defense, those Sidi's fit perfectly & are still in great shape after outlasting multiple pairs of cheaper bike shoes.
Thank you! Here's the shoe thread for your reading pleasure.....

http://www.early-retirement.org/foru...oes-70921.html
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My big cost items were bridesmaid dresses, that, with alterations, pushed them over the $200 mark. I hate dressing up.
I've never really liked clothes shopping anyway, and endeavor to spend as little as possible. We had to buy a $500 suit for DH last year for a formal invite to something, and gritted our teeth. I did however re-wear one of the aforementioned bridesmaids dresses, for once!
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The most I have ever spent on an item of clothing was around $600, for an Italian wool suit. Five years later, I still feel like a million bucks on the rare occasion when I wear it.
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This is probably revealing to much but back in the day when I was working for someone else, I was promoted to VP and as part of the congratulations package I was handed 1.5K to go out and buy a new wardrobe.
I presume this was in private industry. I can see why image would be important when you are the face of the company, but I am surprised that you were treated to a clothes allowance. Did they set any ground rules or critique your fashion sense a la "What Not to Wear"?

A CEO that I knew definitely spruced up and became better dressed and groomed when he started that position (in fact I suspect he started wearing Spanx for men). I doubt that his new duds were all self selected as he had always been a casual dresser who gave little thought to his clothes. I'm sure an image consultant was involved.
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I'm typically an off-the-rack shopper, so my biggest investments in my past life (working) would have been business suits. Now that I'm retired, I spend very little on clothes. I do have an unnatural obsession with nice handbags, however. I'm not going to say how much $$ I have "invested" in those.
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I'm typically an off-the-rack shopper, so my biggest investments in my past life (working) would have been business suits. Now that I'm retired, I spend very little on clothes. I do have an unnatural obsession with nice handbags, however. I'm not going to say how much $$ I have "invested" in those.
......or you could start a handbag thread!
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Back in late 1993 I promised myself that if I got the promotion I hoped to get, I would go out and buy a new suit. Just after Christmas I went to Macy's or A&S (I forget which) and bought one which was marked down. I also had a 20%-off coupon so the total cost ended up being around $225.

(Not quite as dramatic as Koogie's tale.....)
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Several years ago I spent $600 - $800 on a suit. Last year I spent around $800 on clothing, mostly on hiking boots/shoes,running shoes, carhart coat, workboots and a couple pairs of jeans.
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It's been so long I can't remember exactly but I bought several suits in the $600 range when I was younger, that's what I voted based on. Now I think my dress shoes (at about $325/pair) cost as much or more than my last few suits. Come to think of it, my GoreTex (sailing) foul weather suit probably cost more than the best wool dress suits I ever bought, and it was worth every penny - but probably not meant to be included for the purposes of this poll.
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Last year I splurged on two 3 packs of Gold Toe socks. Probably 9 bucks. In reality I'm a hard to shop for type so I don't buy clothes and that gives others a chance to get me something needed - like the $200 leather jacket my daughters bought me for Christmas.

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......or you could start a handbag thread!
I'm afraid the "snark factor" of that would make it a free-for-all condemning my frivolous economic foibles. Some things are better kept to ones self.
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$500 for a new suit at Dillard's when my dad died in 2006.
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You guys blow me away.....we spent over $4K on clothing last year. In defense, a decent amount was athletic gear that often needs to be replaced at least once a year (several types of shoes, shirts that get nasty, etc). Also due to needing a different size (in the good direction).
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Oh my, I don't really know what I was thinking. I was actually quite the clothes horse back in the day with hand made dress shirts and suits, along with a whole lot of other frivolous spending. I won't talk about how much I spent although now I consider it obscene. Only good thing is 20 years later suits are still in excellent condition so I still wear them. About 3 of the dress shirts are still crisp and wearable. I don't intend to ever spend money on "dress clothes" ever again.
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I've bought one suit in my life, about 20 years ago that may have been over $200. I don't remember.

I'm fairly certain that's my only clothing purchase that's ever been 3 digits.
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I presume this was in private industry. I can see why image would be important when you are the face of the company, but I am surprised that you were treated to a clothes allowance. Did they set any ground rules or critique your fashion sense a la "What Not to Wear"?

A CEO that I knew definitely spruced up and became better dressed and groomed when he started that position (in fact I suspect he started wearing Spanx for men). I doubt that his new duds were all self selected as he had always been a casual dresser who gave little thought to his clothes. I'm sure an image consultant was involved.
It was in private industry and we had a lot of blue chip clients to meet and impress. I think I got the allowance because I could be trusted then to keep my mouth shut about their indulgences as well... No, I was entrusted with my own choices. I have decent fashion sense. Just a hard to open wallet.

FWIW, I've worked at my own company for the last 10+ years. The last clothing purchase I made was two pairs of Levis on sale at Walmart for $40

See, everything reverts to the mean....
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