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Old 06-12-2009, 01:58 PM
 
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What is the purpose of these luxurious fabrics? Do they feel more comfortable or is it just for appearance?
Depending on the fabric, often more expensive fabrics will feel better. If it's just cotton or something plain, I don't usually notice. However if I want a nicer fabric like wool/merino or cashmere I will NOT buy the cheapo ones. The more expensive ones will feel nicer and wear better over time.

Also if it's something crocheted like a sweater or something with delicate fabric like lace or beading I will always pay more because the cheap ones don't hold up. I just don't like the waste, time, and expense of buying cheap stuff unless it's basic t-shirts or something trendy that will be out of style next year.
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Old 06-12-2009, 05:01 PM
 
Location: Up in the air
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I can't wear 'designer' clothing because of my height/chest size. I have noticed when shopping with a friend of mine (she works at walmart and has a complex about 'people knowing I work a walmart') that designer clothes aren't as 'generic' and are just fitted better. Of course, she's 5'8 and weighs 125 lbs so she can walk into a store and just about everything will fit her.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:08 AM
 
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Good question, I dont buy them. My brand of clothes need to have an affordable price tag on them, regardless of who makes it. I will admit, recently I picked up a pair of really good quality jeans from Kohls for 90% off....only paid 4 bucks for them!
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Old 06-13-2009, 10:09 AM
 
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What is the purpose of wearing designer clothing? Quick frankly, I prefer the styles in Wal-Mart over Old Navy and GAP (plain clothes with no writing on them). However, are designer clothes somehow more comfortable and last longer? Or is it just to follow fashion and give the impression of high status?
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What is the purpose of these luxurious fabrics? Do they feel more comfortable or is it just for appearance?
I frequently buy casual clothing from those stores you mentioned (not WalMart - their stuff is just unappealing to me - but definitely at Target). But I have also purchased an occasional pricey item from a "designer" collection. For me, it is all about fit and fabric. I am a fabric freak...if it doesn't feel good to my touch, I won't wear it. Same reason I am picky about the sheets I sleep on. So yes, for me, it's part of the comfort factor.
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Old 06-13-2009, 11:47 AM
 
Location: Middle America
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I think quality is hit and miss, on mass-produced, non-designer clothing. I have crap from Old Navy that's had seams unravel nearly immediately, but I've also had basics from Target, WalMart, Old Navy that have held up and looked new for YEARS. Some things are well-constructed, some aren't, but cost and label doesn't necessarily guarantee much.
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Old 06-13-2009, 07:42 PM
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Location: MA/NH
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I bought a Ralph Lauren polo shirt at a rummage sale. The fabric is softer and much nicer than cheaper brand polo shirts. I got two Chanel wool coats on eBay and again, the fabric is really yummy and the cut of the coats nicer than the rest of my coats hanging in my closet. While I would never buy these items new and at full retail price, they are clothing items that I feel I could wear on dressy occasions for many years, if not decades. If I take good care of them, I can also sell them for close to what I paid for them.
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:20 PM
 
Location: Some place very cold
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I bought a Ralph Lauren polo shirt at a rummage sale. The fabric is softer and much nicer than cheaper brand polo shirts. I got two Chanel wool coats on eBay and again, the fabric is really yummy and the cut of the coats nicer than the rest of my coats hanging in my closet. While I would never buy these items new and at full retail price, they are clothing items that I feel I could wear on dressy occasions for many years, if not decades. If I take good care of them, I can also sell them for close to what I paid for them.
I'd like to see those Chanel wool coats!
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Old 06-14-2009, 12:21 AM
 
Location: Too far from the beach, NJ
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Higher-end clothes tend to have a better "cut," be made of higher quality fabric, and be constructed with better care. Therefore, they feel nicer, fit better, and if maintained properly, they last much longer than the cheap stuff. Spend more money on high quality basics and everyday clothing staples, don't splurge on trendy fads (include them if you want, just don't make them a financial priority), and both your wardrobe and your wallet will thank you.
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Old 06-14-2009, 02:08 PM
 
Location: 59°N
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The biggest problem with cheaper clothes (like H&M and Zara) is not the fit or the fabric but the production quality (ex. stitching).

Most of the affordable designer wear (Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, A|X, and so on) are made in Asia, often by the same companies that make cheaper clothes. The quality is better but not 4-5 times better than cheaper clothes.
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Old 06-14-2009, 02:36 PM
 
Location: NJ/NY
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The cut on many designer brands is much better, and the construction much sturdier. Certain designer brands simply fit me better.

I do not buy anything with logos on it, so it's not a matter of "showing off" or trying to "appear rich" as people like to say, it's simply a matter of the clothes looking better on me.
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