Conspicuous Consumption

I was talking to someone about clothes the other day. He is a single guy, with few expenses so he likes to dress well.

He was telling me about a specific polo designed by Junya Watanabe (formerly of Comme des Garçons fame). The price tag is apparently $700.


He acknowledged that they were too expensive- that was a leather jacket. His limit for a polo was $300.


I was too embarrassed to tell him that my limit was closer to $40- and that is only if I feel like splurging.

I shouldn’t be embarrassed but he doesn’t need to know that my pennies are going towards the building of an empire and that clothes will just have to take a backseat- for now. I love clothes but my champagne tastes are mitigated by my soda pop budget. Even if I had a stupid amount of money, I don’t know if I could justify spending $300 on a polo.

A lot of people I know constantly complain about the lack of funds but they live at home, spend thousands on clothes per month and travel all the time. My heart bleeds for you.

Are these the same people who cannot save more than $50 per paycheque? Perhaps. Maybe they will make their money the old fashion way- marry into it.

This person grosses in the low six-figures (plus bonuses) but a big chunk goes to clothing and entertainment. When you have more you can spend more but I can’t help thinking that he may be overcompensating. If nothing else, at least he has decent taste.

I have thought about getting a part-time job at Holt Renfrew- the discount would be worth the price of admission. I have worked high-end retail before and it was a lot of fun. I am not a natural salesperson so I have to love the stuff I am to sell- and what is there not to love at Holt’s. I would literally be signing my paycheques back to the company but that does not seem like such a bad thing.

But I value my alone time too much and this might be too much to take on as a permanent thing.

The Jones’ are kicking my ass in the toy department. Though I may have twinges of jealousy if I had to choose, I would rather have the options that an investment portfolio (albeit, a much smaller one than what it was a couple years ago) offers than just a closet of pretty clothes.

Ideally I would like to have both but I am working on it.


~ by angryegg on March 31, 2009.

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