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Old 04-27-2015, 05:47 AM
 
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Cheap design, cheap products. It is better to invest in well-designed, long lasting clothes.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:00 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA
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Cheap design, cheap products. It is better to invest in well-designed, long lasting clothes.
Yes, but it also cost more, when you're in college trying to make the most out of your dollar, there isn't much of a focus on wardrobe investment.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:10 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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Yes, but it also cost more, when you're in college trying to make the most out of your dollar, there isn't much of a focus on wardrobe investment.

Ever shop the Fashion District in DTLA? Great buys on ( up and coming designers) clothing and.... You can haggle prices.
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:44 PM
 
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Ever shop the Fashion District in DTLA? Great buys on ( up and coming designers) clothing and.... You can haggle prices.
There are all varieties of quality too -- from the very cheapest to the most expensive. I've gotten some fantastic buys downtown!
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Old 04-27-2015, 09:54 PM
 
Location: Santa Monica, Ca
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There are all varieties of quality too -- from the very cheapest to the most expensive. I've gotten some fantastic buys downtown!

And there are literally scads of little shops to choose from. Accessories too!
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:29 PM
 
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I pick cheap fashion items that are trendy. I pick long lasting quality items that are timeless. Each has a place in my wardrobe.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:45 PM
 
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I worked for the Gap in high school and college, and a little bit after college because my first "real" job didn't pay much (1986-1994). I still have a LOT of the clothes and accessories I bought back then. This was back before the Gap changed and became trendy. Most of what I bought were "classics" that are still stylish today.

I still get compliments on sweaters, shirts, and belts, I bought 20 years ago! Of course, my pants size has gone up a little, so I can't wear the pants anymore, but I do wear a lot of the skirts (I was a 4 back then and an 8 now, but the longer skirts with elastic in the waist still fit.) I kept them in good shape, mostly by minimizing using the dryer. Back when I was young and poor and had an apartment, this was a cost-saving measure--I'd rather hang my wet clothes all over the apartment than spend my quarters on the dryer in the community laundry room.

I even have shoes and boots from the mid-90s. I like to buy better-quality, non-trendy things and it pays off, because they last and last. I have a beautiful pair of tall Nine West boots from 1994, and I just had the 3rd set of heels put on, and they look brand new! I just wore a pair of Bass flats I bought in 1992 and people complimented me and asked me where I got them.

Most of this stuff, I bought when I was young and poor, but I guess I chose well, so it turned out to be an investment. I only buy a handful of new clothes each year, just to "sprinkle" into my existing wardrobe to keep it updated.
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Old 04-28-2015, 02:49 PM
 
Location: Pittsburgh
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John Oliver did a great piece on fast fashion on his show this week:


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VdLf4fihP78
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Old 04-28-2015, 05:35 PM
 
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There's another current thread bemoaning the dearth of quality garments at your average retail establishment. I wanted to reference this "fast fashion" phenomenon by the industry term, but couldn't remember what they were calling it. I walked into a Top Shop for the first time last month, and was grateful that I'm no longer shopping for my 20-year-old self. That stuff was awful!
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:03 PM
 
Location: West Hollywood, CA
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Ever shop the Fashion District in DTLA? Great buys on ( up and coming designers) clothing and.... You can haggle prices.
I have but I find the quality to be comparable to fast fashion, the prices are much lower though.
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