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    I've been lurking fashion forums for a while now and i'm amazed at the amount of money you guys spend on clothes. I started on styleforum was like damn $500 for a an outfit, then sufu was like 2-3 g's. But this place is a whole new level each fit is like 5 grand minimum. Do you all have 100k + jobs or what? I'm a student with a decent forty hour a week internship that pays $18 and hour and even with that salary and zero living expenses I could barely afford clothes at 50-60% off. I'm just curious on what you guys do to pay for all this. Do you all eat ramen everyday and coast by paying minimum payments on $40000 credit card bills?

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    Slang'n dope son!!!!! ; ) Dude I can't afford this shit. A lot guys have careers and save or trade, look for sales ect to get what they want. You don't have to spend a million dollars to get some of this stuff. Just watch the topics and you'll see for yourself.


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    [quote user="siman"]I've been lurking fashion forums for a while now and i'm amazed at the amount of money you guys spend on clothes. I started on styleforum was like damn $500 for a an outfit, then sufu was like 2-3 g's. But this place is a whole new level each fit is like 5 grand minimum. Do you all have 100k + jobs or what? I'm a student with a decent forty hour a week internship that pays $18 and hour and even with that salary and zero living expenses I could barely afford clothes at 50-60% off. I'm just curious on what you guys do to pay for all this. Do you all eat ramen everyday and coast by paying minimum payments on $40000 credit card bills?
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    hey, why don't you fuck off. if this is the first question you ask coming here, than you shouldn't be here. read the front fucking page - don't agree with it, get the fuck out. some people here are trust fund babies, some are single guys with nice jobs and no family expenses, some are savvy shoppers. case closed - stop asking the same fucking questions over and over again. i bought a carpe diem shirt yesterday for $70. can you afford that?

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    hey, why don't you fuck off. if this is the first question you ask coming here, than you shouldn't be here. read the front fucking page - don't agree with it, get the fuck out. some people here are trust fund babies, some are single guys with nice jobs and no family expenses, some are savvy shoppers. case closed - stop asking the same fucking questions over and over again. i bought a carpe diem shirt yesterday for $70. can you afford that?



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    Chill dude i'm just curious i'm not attacking anyone.

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    Well, it's a pointless question, wouldn't you say? What answers do you exactly expect? Do you think people are going to start justifying their spending? Anyway, ask theetruscan - he's a poor student too! [83]
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    I'm not looking for a justification at all I don't see a problem with spending alot on something you really enjoy. I just wanted to know if they sacrificed quality in stuff like rent and food to pay for clothes. I really love the clothes on this site and wish I could afford more pieces. I just want to know that if i wanna look like a balla when i start working what my living conditions will be like.

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    [quote user="Faust"]Well, it's a pointless question, wouldn't you say? What answers do you exactly expect? Do you think people are going to start justifying their spending? Anyway, ask theetruscan - he's a poor student too! [83]
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    also, we're all "fiends for mojitos".


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    [quote user="Faust"]Anyway, ask theetruscan - he's a poor student too! [83]
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    I tend to find brands that fit my aesthetic for less than many of the brands cited here, and hunt for crazy deals. In the last 6 months, I've picked up 2 leather jackets at a minimum of 80% off, 4 pairs of shoes at a minimum 75% off, and so on and so forth. But other people are more resourceful. Chinorlz is the best example in my mind. But where moneys come from, or how much things cost isn't the focus of this forum (though M.A.+ pricing is motivated by the designer's desire to poke things with a stick, I just know it).

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    [quote user="theetruscan"]

    [quote user="Faust"]Anyway, ask theetruscan - he's a poor student too! [83]
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    I tend to find brands that fit my aesthetic for less than many of the brands cited here, and hunt for crazy deals. In the last 6 months, I've picked up 2 leather jackets at a minimum of 80% off, 4 pairs of shoes at a minimum 75% off, and so on and so forth. But other people are more resourceful. Chinorlz is the best example in my mind. But where moneys come from, or how much things cost isn't the focus of this forum (though M.A.+ pricing is motivated by the designer's desire to poke things with a stick, I just know it).



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    repeat that 10 times. the choices you make are your own - you want to not eat and wear a nice leather jacket, the choice is yours. i doubt anyone on these boards does that.

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    With increasing numbers of new members, maybe we need some more stickies in the forums or FAQ.
    let us raise a toast to ancient cotton, rotten voile, gloomy silk, slick carf, decayed goat, inflamed ram, sooty nelton, stifling silk, lazy sheep, bone-dry broad & skinny baffalo.

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    I don't think this is the most ridiculous question someone could ask -- although it could have been approached more tactfully.



    One of the most obvious ways to make it easier to "afford this shit" is to never pay full retail. Obviously there are exceptions, but in general I hold off from picking anything up until it hits 30% off, and more often than not I try to hold out for 50% off or more. I also buy expensive pieces secondhand as often as I can when they pop up in the classifieds or over at sufu.



    In short, it's no different than any other expensive hobby -- just a matter of prioritizing and being smart about it.


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    Thank you null sleep for being the only person not looking at me as some troll. I am just starting to really get into clothes and it is a hobby that I want to continue as I get older and want to know what you guys do to obtain the beast gear. Your post was exactly the type of answer I was looking for.

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    [quote user="siman"]Thank you null sleep for being the only person not looking at me as some troll. I am just starting to really get into clothes and it is a hobby that I want to continue as I get older and want to know what you guys do to obtain the beast gear. Your post was exactly the type of answer I was looking for.
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    Freudian slip?


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    i sleep in a hovel made from the packaging from all of my purchases, under a blanket of recipts and on a sheet of unpaid credit card statements

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    savvy purchasing is the key for those that can't quite afford to throw down on everything at full retail. Sales sales sales are your friend, ebay, yahoo auctions, consignment stores, and SZ classifieds as well.



    Save your money for those one or two full retail pieces that will either sell out before sales or are bound to get picked up quick. Those you must strike fast at... otherwise, just hold off and wait. Everything comes around again.



    ... well, except for that 01-03 CCP piece ;)

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    siman, it's not about the why and how but rather "why not" and "how to". it's like asking a gay person why does he like the same sex. you just don't. it's the essence of someone's being and it's part of their very nature. some people here are active posters, some are lurkers, some have genuinely fresh perspectives and some just follow, some got deep pockets and some don't, some only eat ramen and some have personal chefs - ok, maybe that's too far fetched but you get the point - we are diverse but we share something in common, we argue, we fight, we admire, we learn, we share.



    it's a movement, it's shared passion.



    i do understand where you are coming from as much as i am baffled with a few choices i see in the real world - say, why do people buy ridiculously priced items that i would not dare wear or use even i get paid twice their amount? but that's just how things are and if it makes you sleep better at night, then go for it. what you need to understand is not the "how to afford this shit" but what makes YOU truly happy because in the end, that's all that matters. and when i say YOU i am referring to not just a person but a person who is drawn to a collective and evolving consciousness.



    when i was younger, i wanted this and that label, because i wanted to belong, to identify myself in a group i thought was cool, then i evolved into someone who would dress up for myself, acquire in a calculated manner and make choices that are done consciously with the knowledge that it does not ever stop, it is a process, a journey and euphoric curse that is bigger than buying something at 70% off or finding a $20 carpe diem lab coat in a consignment store or returning something bought on impulse or reselling a holy grail on ebay. it is much, much, much bigger than all of that. it is simply, the way.



    now, why am i here? it's to feed a desire. why are you here is something for you to answer. and once you have an answer, i just wish for one thing - i hope you are not wearing something you are not.

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    [quote user="siman"]Thank you null sleep for being the only person not looking at me as some troll. I am just starting to really get into clothes and it is a hobby that I want to continue as I get older and want to know what you guys do to obtain the beast gear. Your post was exactly the type of answer I was looking for.
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    If this is true then educating yourself is your best bet rather than worrying about shopping. Read as much as you can. There are some gems in here if you use the search key. Check out the runway shows. Keep reading. Once you've found what you like and what is you, then you can be a smart shopper.

    let us raise a toast to ancient cotton, rotten voile, gloomy silk, slick carf, decayed goat, inflamed ram, sooty nelton, stifling silk, lazy sheep, bone-dry broad & skinny baffalo.

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    That isn't true - being your first post and more importantly given the title of this thread it was entirely possible for this to be a trolling post.



    But anyway, use this thread to introduce yourself.






    let us raise a toast to ancient cotton, rotten voile, gloomy silk, slick carf, decayed goat, inflamed ram, sooty nelton, stifling silk, lazy sheep, bone-dry broad & skinny baffalo.

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    [quote user="merz"]


    there are people who buy crack cocaine and, by the same token, people who purchase luxury, niche apparel with a similar level of enthusiasm.




    the only real difference, of course, is that crack goes up in smoke.




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    Grilled sweater?


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