Am I the only one who can’t believe fashion prices nowadays?
This is not just about HSN’s prices, but fashion pretty much everywhere (though a certain HSN designer’s $50 T-shirt that was on the air yesterday did sort of inspire this post).
I feel like it’s standard now for jeans – even low-end brands – to be around $50. Meanwhile, stores that also sell groceries but have their own house fashion brands (Target, etc.) charge around $30 for jeans, sometimes closer to $40 (per a glance at their website).
I also feel like it’s almost unheard of to find a top for under $20, regular retail, even from these “cheap” stores.
I remember in about 1999, there was this certain brand of jeans popular at the time that cost about $50 a pair, and that seemed OUTRAGEOUS back then.
I know how inflation works; I guess I’m just surprised that brands still get away with charging this much when you can find so many good deals on the Internet nowadays. I’ve gotten new Cookie Johnson jeans for around $30 online, but Target still expects me to pay that much for their in-house brand (a pair of which literally ripped in two while I was wearing them)? I don’t think so!
To me…relative to salaries, clothes have never been cheaper. People own so many clothing items these days and clothing is fairly disposable. In the 50’s clothing was very expensive. A pair of plain shoes cost 10% of the average weekly income so people had very little, bought basics, mended, and did hand me downs among family and friends. What has changed is that the middle and lower economic classes aspire to own “designer” brands that only the wealthy would buy in years gone by.
Yes..so much of the clothing is way overpriced for my taste..
I’m too old for jeans with shredded knees and holes in them..I wore them in the 60’s!
I will not pay for a “designer’s name”(they should pay me to wear their “name”)..with one exception ANTTHONY!..He’s the best!!
Most of the “designer” clothing looks pretty much the same and a lot of it looks like used thrift store clothes..
Since we’re talking clothes, what about the price of undergarments for us ladies? Bras I buy more frequently than I do shoes. I do rotate what I have but I need to replace them as they stretch and lose their elascicty.
Bra’s cost a fortune and I’m hard to fit and very picky about how I want them to feel. A new wardrobe of under garments is becoming cost prohibitive.
Clothing is very expensive. I’ve gotten SO picky about what I buy now. I spent over 2 hours trying on dresses just to get 1 the other day.
I’ve been spending on accsessories lately. My clothes all fit perfectly (I make alterations as needed) but I keep a lot of them basic. This way I can keep them exciting with jewelry, jackets, shoes, etc.
I also baby my clothes. I spray perfume before putting them on, wear garment guards underneath on hot days so I don’t sweat on them, wash them on delicate and hang to dry, etc.
I’m really into quality over quantity. My wardrobe isn’t huge, but I truly love and wear each piece.
A few years ago I read an article about the price of cotton going up which will make clothing prices increase I thought it would deter me from buying clothes as much as I had been but I gained weight. :smileysad:I have two closets of clothes and coats Every spring and fall I go through and pull out clothes that I never wore or hardly worn, take to a local thrift shop. No matter how much I might like an outfit if I don’t see myself wearing it again, then it’s heading out. The woman at the thrift shop Is independent in my area and felt she was fulfilling a dream by starting up a thrift shop. I’m fulfilling my own dream that I had back in my early 20’s when I was scrapping for enough money to buy just one shirt a season, that if someday I was rich enough, I would give away clothes even with price tags still on them, to hopefully help other women. I’d much rather give something away knowing it would be worn than to just let it sit and clutter my home. I’ve blessed my sister with with some nice hsn jewelry. It was nice jewelry but just always found I’d put some other jewelry on so it never got worn.
? Yep! I used to think it was silly to worry about what my pajamas look like or even feel like. As long as they weren’t digging into my stomach or something, I would force myself to keep them. But even if no one else is around, you just feel better when you’re wearing things that are comfy and also cute.
And it really is true, the whole “One man’s trash…” thing. I got one of my favorite pairs of sweatpants for FREE because they have paint stains all over them, but they’re sooo comfy and I love the color (other than the paint-splattered part, LOL).
Yes, it is the Markups. There are too many middle men and they all want big $$. I friend of my recently purchased uv protection sunglasses and readers to use as a promotional product for his company . They have is logo and are really nice looking. The cost to him was under $2 per pair, and there were some cheaper ones. ……… That is the lure of China manufacturing.
I was proud to hear Antthony say a couple of weeks ago, that his line is made in America. Considering that, I think he does a good job with pricing.
I’ve learned and I’ve decided to leave Fashions alone and purchase Clothes. Clothes that I like and that looks nice on me. ”Fashions” change every year, every few months. It does not make sense to pay a lot of money for them. Fashion clothing usually does not hold last very long, but for those that do last, you don’t want to wear them because they are no longer fashionable.
I’ve even purchased too much clothing. 80% of the clothing I’ve purchased within the last two years is still in its plastic bags or boxes, stuffed on the shelves of one of my closets. .. Iman jeans and shirts, Antthony outfits, QVC, I’m still trying to get around to wearing the clothes I purchased 3 years ago.
So, no more clothes for me for a long while.
But this is what I’ve noticed … Except for very nice garments for special occasions, the clothing is The Same. Sears, HSN, QVC, Penneys, Macy’s, Walmart all have some of the same fabrics. Many designs are very similar and so is the quality. I have gotten compliments on all of it. The only differences are brand names and price tags.
Its not only fashions either:smileyfrustrated:
Everything had skyrocketed just my personal opinion:(
Fashiobns are quite pricey 🙂
I was just browsing through some just awhile ago:)
I am sure glad it doesn’t cost me to look Wow I would be broke to the bone and then some:)
Thank you for your post and sharing:)
Peace and love:)
Yes, I agree & when I look in my closet and see all my Victoria Secret Pink outfits that I paid $50 for each pair of sweatpants & $49-$79 for the matching sweatshirt I am beginning to wonder “what was I thinking?” My closets are full and there is no room for more & I don’t need anymore. I am reading a book about how to pare down on things and it is really making sense. Do I really need 30 shirts? 10 pairs of sweatpants? I am getting tired of all my stuffed closet & I even have the Joy hangers & storage boxes. This book which is a best seller is called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo & I while reading this am really starting to work at paring down on things. Just have good quality basics that I really enjoy wearing but much less. And great classics never go out of style.I am starting to think that less is more or maybe I am just tired of fighting my closet every day.I will be giving the things I pare down to people in need as I have so many dress clothes I don’t wear anymore as I am disabled & the clothing just sits in the closet. I want to give my dress clothing to ladies in need that are starting out in the work force. I don’t want them to pay for it though, I just want to donate it. I need to find one of those places in my area that donates to battered women that are entering the work force.
No, you are not the only one. But every time I go shopping or to the grocery store I feel the same way.:womanfrustrated:
Prices are crazy and quality has gone South.When I do find something worth the money I stock up because everytime I buy new it costs more and is worse quality.
My favorite shopping is at resale, thrift and consignment shops. I got some great designer and brand new clothes in Florida on vacation; The Salvation Army and the consignment/second-hand stores were fantastic!
? Yeah, everything goes up but my pay!
I find myself wondering who these people are, who buy some of the items I see on the shopping networks (or at some stores). Yesterday a $140 (pre-shipping/tax) FAKE leather jacket sold out. I was shocked anyone would pay that much for faux-leather. I bought TWO of Iman’s real leather jackets because, even with shipping and tax added in, they only came out to $60 each.
Then you hear all the boasting about how amazing $50 is for a pair of pants, as though we should be grateful! Uh, I’m grateful for your CLEARANCE, HSN, not $50 for one pair of pants.
I like to have a lot of clothes, so if I spent that much on any one item (except jackets, bags and shoes, which I like to buy in leather and therefore cost more), I’d be totally broke. Maybe it works for people who just want a few staples they frequently rotate in and out.
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05.30.16 6:17 PM