3/26/07

Today's poll: Cheap Chicas vs. Designer Divas

Budget Chic did an excellent post on "cheap chic" versus designer clothes and how some people think that saving up for designer pieces is better because designer clothes are of better quality and the clothes will last longer. If I'm going to save up for something, it's going to be for a new car, a downpayment on a home, my retirement fund, my child's education (if I ever have children), etc. I could go on and on about so many things I could "save up" for that is important other than clothes. I love to shop, but clothes are NOT that important to me. I'm not knocking designer stuff, because you can go to the outlets and purchase them for a reasonable price, but I'll be damned if I go into debt for them. I know people who are in debt right now trying to buy all of this shit just to brag to people. "Oh, I'm wearing Marc Jabobs" or "I'm wearing Gucci right now". The sad part is that these people that I know let their rent or other bills get behind just so they can buy this stuff. Whatever. Cheap chic is just as good as the designer duds, and all of the inexpensive clothes that I have are still holding up due to gentle care. So, what category do you fall in, Cheap Chica or Designer Diva?

9 comments:

budgetchic said...

I agree, you have to very smart nowadays. All of the "fast fashion" stores like H&M, Forever 21 and the department stores, Macy's, Kohls, etc. are bringing you the same exact style the Designers release every season for hundreds of dollars less. I don't want to pay $350 because it says Marc Jacobs when I can get the same "look" for $35 at a department store or H&M. To do anything else when you are on a "Budget" is totally impractical.

Devon said...

except that the designer item is going to last you much longer. 2 years ago i splurged and bought a black marc jacobs trench (regular $850). i wear it to death and the thing still looks BRAND NEW. 2 months ago i bought a tan trench at filene's basement and the thing is falling apart. $350 was a lot then, but 2 years of constant wear has made it a better deal than the filene's one...

Anonymous said...

it goes both ways there are people that go broke that cant pay bills buying tons of cheap stuff. Evrytime its a sale they spend.

The Cheap Chica said...

^^^agreed, it does go both ways as well. but, whether it's cheap or designer, that's still stupid to let bills get behind for some clothes.

budgetchic said...

Devon,

All I can say is if you brought a trench and its falling apart within TWO months you must be VERY hard on your clothing. I guess you need to spend the extra money, because that just sounds like abuse. I brought a trench from Target 4 years ago for $30 and guess what -- it looks like its BRAND NEW! Why, because I take care of my items. I know how to handle my clothing and how to clean my garments exactly as the labels instructs. However, if you are very hard on your clothing and it will be up to some serious abuse bordering on destructive then you probably need to spend that money. I however, do not because I know how to take care of my clothing. That's how I save money, so I can put my hard earning finances toward assets that appreciate in value.

budgetchic said...

To me it comes down to priorities. If you are buying "because something is on sale" but you don't have the money or it is not in the budget that week. Then thats a lack of self-control, you're a shopaholic or becoming one. Thats a whole other show.

This thread is not addressing compulsive spending. I believe Cheap Chica as well as myself. We are addressing spending $2,000 on a designer dress or $1,000 for a designer coat vs. putting that money toward saving for a down payment on a house, toward a college or retirement fund or into investment property. Real assets and not disposal goods like clothing, shoes or other accessories.

babydoll said...

It's all about what you can afford too. You can have good taste, not necessarily because its designer and think the item is worth the hundreds. But then again if you love the CLouboutins but cant afford it (by afford, I mean cash it up right now and not charge a cc!) then I dont go that extra mile. I do both, but im not just adamant about not spending...ill spend if I deem the QUALITY worthy of the price.

Devon said...

budgetchic-

my my my. what attitude we have there young lady. abuse bordering on destructive? that would be your language my dear. i am in fact a former designer, have done wardrobe on broadway and for movies and am currently a stylist paid to shop for and dress other people. so i might actually have some idea of what to do and know what i am talking about. so please don't tell me i don't know how to take care of my clothing. the $30 trench was a poorly made item.

but you know what? if talking down to people on website's is what floats your boat, go for it. i could care less...

budgetchic said...

I don't believe in individuals who deem themselves as "stylist" or "expects" at something or anything. Knowledge is not confine to one person. My parents and grandparents have been tailors and seamstress, I myself am a seamstress so I have the SAME knowledge that any other person would have if they worked with fabrics and body measurements. Because that really all it amounts to.

Actually, Devon I was not talking down to you, if you don't know how to take care of a garment and you trash it in less than 8 weeks (even with the so-called background you say you have) - then thats abuse, plain and simple!

A coat even unlined and of decent quality is sturdier and better made that a skirt or a pair pant. So if it "fell away" as you stated in 2 months, we can all reason in an intelligent way that you don't know how to take of your clothes.

Also Filene's Basement by the way sells designer clothing at discount prices. I know I'm originally from NY and I shopped there for years. So again, what's you're saying is you bought a designer items ON SALE (did not pay the full retail price as you are encouraging others to do) from Filene's and it fell apart. Okayyyy......


Not to mention the fact you put your own self on "blast" by stating that you are a former designer so one can only reason what your REAL "motivation" is for your initial post.

All I can say is women be smart and think smart. I'm encouraging intelligent, hard working women to NOT get caught in a labels, because at the end of the day thats all it is. Spend your money responsibility and invest in your future. Instead of being a bottom-feeder by lining the pockets of some designer, take that money and put it into a CD or into invest property for yourself, your family and your future. :-)