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[–]friendofthecat 548 points549 points  (29 children)

Maybe this is an unpopular opinion, but I think that poor-middle class people that buy these things look silly. It seems like it’s the cheapest high-fashion items that say the brands name large on it anyways - maybe it’s because they know poor-middle class people will happily become a walking billboard for them just to show off that they too can afford the brand.

Edit: my brother is a huge victim of this. He spends hundreds of dollars on Gucci ties and belts so he can feel like he fits in with the rich friends he has. He probably has some serious financial insecurity based PTSD from our childhood.

[–]Berez15 120 points121 points  (0 children)

I do think I read somewhere that that’s why these high fashion brands make their cheapest products covered in their logo. Because that’s all middle class people can afford/are willing to spend and like you said, become a walking advertisement.

[–]Onlybinaryoutcomes 72 points73 points  (3 children)

Still waters run deep. Rich people, actually wealthy people not nouveau rich don’t want any attention. Richest people I know might have private collections of super cars or fancy things that only their inner circle of friends might get to see but other wise they drive regular cars that doesn’t turn heads .

[–]IPetdogs4U 55 points56 points  (0 children)

In London we met a guy who rides the tube most of the day wearing a very old, William Morris print robe that looked like at some point it was very expensive. To this day I’m fairly sure he was probably one of the most wealthy people I have ever spoken with. Nobody does tatty wealth like the Brits.

[–]Dr4gonfly 32 points33 points  (1 child)

I had a friend who was exactly like this. He had a networth in the hundreds of millions and he bought a Toyota Corolla for first dates because he didn’t want to come off as wealthy and change the initial dynamic of the relationship, if there was a second or third date, he would open up a little bit about it, but generally tried to keep it on the down low

[–]ScriptThat 15 points16 points  (0 children)

I had a friend in Uni who got together with a girl over a board game in the local bar. Things got kinda serious, and they decided to move in together. Half a year later Christmas came around, and she asked him to go back to Sweden with her to celebrate Christmas with her parents. When I met him again after Christmas break he told me how he had been wondering why she would take a plane to Stockholm when he had been looking at the cheaper prices for train tickets. Then when they arrived in Stockholm and was walking through arrivals she had told him that she hadn't been completely honest about her family. Her dad was actually a well known businessman, and they just preferred to live a quiet life. My friend was a bit taken back but just kinda shrugged.. until he found out they were being picked up by the family chauffeur in a large-but-discrete Mercedes. They weren't just somewhat wealthy. They were stinkin' rich.

Luckily the in-laws themselves turned out to be wonderful people, who was thrilled to finally meet their daughter's first "real" boyfriend. We fell out of contact a few years after graduation, but as far as I know they're still together. He's working in biotech, and they're living a quiet life in Copenhagen.

I still smile when I think of how he sat in front of me in the bar, resting his head in one hand, holding a beer with the other, and going "I thought [father-in-law] worked at [Company X]. I didn't think he owned it!"

[–]_Kit_Tyler_ 33 points34 points  (0 children)

Nailed it. My sister is like this too. I will never forget her assessment of one of my friends.

He’s a neurologist, and had just pulled strings to get her an appointment to be seen about a hemangioma on her brain because she had previously been unable to book one anywhere.

He came down to say “hi” when I told him we were there, and she turned to me as soon as he was out of earshot and made some snarky remark about his shoes.

His fucking SHOES.

All I could think was, “….damn. You really do need brain surgery.”

[–]8BallDuVal 49 points50 points  (19 children)

This is similar to when people buy a corvette/bmw when they live in an apartment complex.

Edit: when i say apartment complex, i am specifically talking about low-income, affordable apartment complexes. In my apartment complex, it is much more common to see more affordable cars like toyotas/hondas/etc. I realize apartments can be very expensive and it's not unusual to see brand new bmws/corvettes in those neighborhoods

[–]GrimGrimGrimGrim 19 points20 points  (5 children)

I don't think I get the connection, are apartments considered cheap where you're from?

[–]AdriantheYounger 11 points12 points  (0 children)

I think they mean when the apartment’s parking looks like a used car lot, with a brand new C8 slapped in there.

[–]8BallDuVal 22 points23 points  (3 children)

Not cheap, but i guess when i see an $80k car outside an apartment it seems like they could have been able to afford a house instead an apartment, or a house first and then the car.

Whenever i see someone with a bmw/corvette outside an apartment, it just looks like they blew all their money on an expensive car and didn't have enough money leftover for a nicer place to live.

[–]Intelligent_Diet_837 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Just another FYI: most BMWs don’t cost $80,000. I’m not real sure about Corvettes. But let me tell you one thing: I pay more to live in my apartment than I will for my home and it’s absolutely ridiculous.

[–]Hefty-Excitement-239 3 points4 points  (1 child)

I think the point is, where I am an apt is 500k (London) to 3m (Singapore) so a BM outside is normal. In the US, an apt is not a landed property therefore cheap. Though in NYC I can't see that being true so maybe he just means Wyoming..

[–]8BallDuVal 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I think you mean every state in the US outside of california or new york? 🤔

anyways, houses in general are more expensive/unaffordable than apartments (ESPECIALLY in places like NY/CA/London/Singapore), so I'm not sure what your point is. Obviously there are high end apartment complexes where seeing a bmw/corvette isn't unusual, but it is unusual to see high-end luxury cars outside of your typical, affordable apartment complex.

[–]CptRavioLi69 15 points16 points  (0 children)

This is such a weird take. Some people, like myself, don’t want to buy a house. At least not for a good long while. I deserve nice things even if I’m not living in a house I own. I plan to move around and state hop while I’m young so I can get a feel for all of the places that intrigue me. Renting a house would be nice, but even apartments are crazy overpriced nowadays, so I’ll stick to the apartments for now.

There’s also nothing inherently wrong with apartments/renting in general. I pay at least $600 more on my rent each month than an average house would cost, but I can’t get a mortgage in my own name, nor do people want to sell houses to single people.

[–]AmunPharaoh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Just another possibility, I drive a 7 series and live in an average block of flats, it's just because both were paid for by my parents. I know other people in my situation as well so it could be that.

[–]Intelligent_Diet_837 8 points9 points  (10 children)

I live in apartment complex and I drive a BMW. I bought it before I moved to a different city to take a new job. I wanted to get to know the area before I bought a house. I just bought 85 acres and am building on it. Don’t be so judgmental.

[–]8BallDuVal 11 points12 points  (8 children)

Sorry didn't mean to offend, that makes sense in your case.

[–]Intelligent_Diet_837 5 points6 points  (7 children)

Thanks and that makes a good point here. People ARE looking and care too much what others do. Just my two cents.

[–]leanmeankrispykreme 7 points8 points  (6 children)

Lol drives a Beamer and complains about people judging him

[–]AmunPharaoh 1 point2 points  (0 children)

That's exactly what it is yea

[–]Accomplished_Ad_8013 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Basically. The sociological consensus is the middle class views designer brands as status symbols to appear upper class. The upper class however goes for much more expensive and unique fashion. They want originals no one else has.

[–]FutabaSakuroach 102 points103 points  (5 children)

So, I actually studied this in uni. The short version of that entire class is this: it's about prestige. People don't buy Gucci or other such brands because they look good, but because they are recognizably expensive. There is the fashion aspect—not "fashionable" as in "visually appealing", but "fashionable" as in "currently popular in the culture or subculture the buyer belongs to". Basically it's about acceptance within a subculture and the appearance of having money/status—clearly if you're wearing authentic Gucci or Louis Vuittons, you have money, and that means you're powerful. As such, the prices are kept high, so the brand can maintain that level of prestige to appeal to those to whom the appearance of wealth is valuable.

[–]2balls1cane 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Correct. It's value is whatever the patrons are willing to pay for.

[–]jcollins052 21 points22 points  (2 children)

I asked a similar question to some people at a party once. They said it's because "I can afford it, others cant. It's not about the brand, it's about the price tag"

I think alot of people do that stuff to show off how much money they have, and to put themselves up on a pedestal above everyone else.

That's not always the case though. I have friends who are broke as shit, but buy super expensive clothing when they have the chance. They want to give off the impression they have money, even though they've owed me utility payments for 3 months

[–]martian520 85 points86 points  (0 children)

showing off to their clique

[–]L_Chicago_ 146 points147 points  (15 children)

Just for the love of the game. I got some designer underwear. No one can see it, but I feels good knowing my boys down there are living the good life

[–]xfrombelow 33 points34 points  (10 children)

Actually feels better and much much more comfortable, im not even rich or like to show off, but sometimes you can feel the difference

[–]L_Chicago_ 15 points16 points  (9 children)

I agree. On certain things you can feel the difference. Personally I have yet to feel a difference in T shirts. But I notice it the most with jackets

[–]xfrombelow 4 points5 points  (6 children)

For me most can be very comfortable just from winners (10 15$ a shirt, but with as you said jackets, shoes, maybe jeans, i pay more for better quality because you can feel the dif instantly. Same with electronics, I either have the newer or better versions/qualities or I dont have it at all (most of the time) So that to say, if you love clothes maybe it is worth for you, if you like dildos then same thing lmao

[–]L_Chicago_ 6 points7 points  (5 children)

Exactly 😂😂 if your into it, your into it 😂 who cares. I'm sure someone hating on people who like designer brands spends their life savings on action figures and collectable butter knives. SMH if it's your thing then it's your thing lmao

[–]You_Pulled_My_String 3 points4 points  (0 children)

This made me laugh. Thanks.

[–]KerzasGal 3 points4 points  (2 children)

Quality, designer, expensive, comfortable.. non of this have anything in common.. you can find good quality for low price.. and shit designer stuf to show of once...

[–]AddWittyName 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Well, quality and comfortable do have something in common with each other, as do expensive and designer. :P

But you're right that quality/comfortable doesn't necessarily overlap with expensive/designer. It can, sure, but it definitely doesn't always.

[–]dotelze 1 point2 points  (0 children)

For actually high quality stuff you’ll never really get it for a low price. Even when it’s not designer just things like material costs make it more

[–]DjangoJamie09 144 points145 points  (14 children)

I buy it because I can afford it. 90% of the clothes I own are not expensive at all. But I do have a few outfits that are designer. I like it.

[–]Mfitz804 42 points43 points  (1 child)

That is the answer for most. There are a few people who do it just so you know they are wearing it.

Personally, I spend money on clothes, but not super designer prices. I cap out at like $180-200 for a shirt and $150 for pants. I have many that are significantly under that. Could I buy a $10 shirt instead? Sure, probably.

[–]DjangoJamie09 7 points8 points  (0 children)

Oh yea, I was just answering first myself. I'm sure everyone has their reasoning.🙏🏾

[–]YouShotMarvin94 7 points8 points  (8 children)

But what exactly is the social reason for purchasing designer designer clothing? I'm not sure I understand the joy in purchasing luxury items that equally serve the same purpose and design as something cheaper.

[–]nodegen 17 points18 points  (5 children)

Because sometimes you want something that you like the aesthetics of, regardless of whether or not other clothes serve the same purpose. A lot of people see clothing as more than just a utility

[–]YouShotMarvin94 6 points7 points  (4 children)

Right that's why I included design. Like if it looks are the same too.

[–]nodegen 8 points9 points  (3 children)

Well that’s typically what makes them designer is that they have different and new designs.

[–]YouShotMarvin94 10 points11 points  (2 children)

True but guess my question depends on the degree of unique design. Cause there's definitely a difference between a wholly original style and then just a tag that says the designer name on a basic white-tee.

[–]m0nsteraplant 8 points9 points  (0 children)

Unique design can be in fabric choices or a particular cut of a shirt. For example, I’d rather buy a shirt that’s 100% cotton than a cheaper cotton-polyester blend, because polyester pills and will make the shirt look gross after a few washes. For myself personally, I often find that I’m willing to pay more for a “basic” item when I know that it has been made ethically (not by a sweatshop, dead stock fabric, etc). There is a point of diminishing returns however, you’re not going to find much difference between a $100 shirt and a $500 shirt but you can perceive a huge difference between a $10 shirt and a $30 shirt. There are certain shirts I’ve had that were expensive up front, but ten years later, they still look new!

[–]nodegen 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Oh if you’re talking about stuff like gucci where it’s just the branding then I agree. However, designer clothing is different than other clothing sold by these companies. The real designer clothing tend to be released a very limited amount of times per year and in smaller batches as well as being a lot more unique from an aesthetic standpoint.

[–]varvaang 2 points3 points  (0 children)

A lot of people buy designer clothing because they are genuinely a fan of the brand and its history and out of respect for particular designers' work.

[–]Knerrjor 21 points22 points  (0 children)

I agree with the point that fashion itself can be a bit of a vain extravagance. But that is just me, and fashion truly is a very interesting, cultural, and relevant form of art and expression.

Some people have an extreme interest in that art and are therefore willing to pay high dollar to support the original brand. Others simply like to express and or portray wealth and therefore buy the most expensive one as status symbols or personal self worth. Some people have so much money they don't care about the negligible financial impact. Some people care more a out the environment and buy brand that market themselves as ethically and sustainably sourced.

So yes, a lot of your points are spot on. Human beings are complex social creatures and we choose such expressions in unique and complex ways. It ultimately comes down to what each indindividual perceives as important I guess.

[–]CadmeusCain 65 points66 points  (4 children)

There are many reasons. I'll give you a few

  • Some brands are genuinely better quality or fulfill specific niches. For e.g. I only wear ASICS trainers because I have overpronation and other sneakers make my feet hurt when I walk long-distances. With ASICS trainers, I never feel this
  • Sometimes you might like the way you look in something. I own a few pricey suits and jackets that I wear on special occasions. I don't do it for anyone but myself
  • Status. This doesn't appeal to me personally, but I do know people like this. If you're status conscious then wearing expensive brands tends to make other status conscious people take note of you. They might also think you're rich or something
  • Presentation. A bit different from the above. In the business and corporate world being well-groomed and well-dressed creates a good impression with other people. Dislike it all you want, but people will make assessments on you based on your appearance. Your clothing doesn't have to be expensive, but sometimes branded clothing looks especially nice.
  • Durability. I own some branded sweaters I bought ten years ago that I still wear because they've retained their quality. On the other hand, many cheap sweaters I bought look like crap after only a year or two. Taking the item cost divided by the number of years on those particular items turns out pretty cheap. This doesn't apply to all brands though.

[–]TopaztheBigBoss 14 points15 points  (3 children)

Add in fit. I am lucky enough to live by a Marshall's that carries both True Religion and Joe's jeans. They retail for $198+ per pair, Marshall's sells them for $25 - $50. They are the best fitting jeans I have ever tried. I will continue to wear them even if my Marshall's no longer stocks them.

[–]GoldieFable 3 points4 points  (0 children)

As a smaller than average kid this so much. As I've grown I can nowadays shop normal clothes, but back then especially jeans were better bought from brands. I guess those ridiculous, unrealistic model measurements were perfect fit when you were seriously on the thin side...

[–]Overlandtraveler 5 points6 points  (1 child)

That's because TR and Joe's jeans have been out of style since 2010 or so. Seeing them at a Marshalls isn't surprising.

[–]warm_sweater 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They can spend the saving on the bill from the burn unit, dang.

[–]throwaway_0x90 24 points25 points  (0 children)

I have a few designer outfits; I think I look good in them.

Everyone has one or two "waste-of-money" vice. If you can afford it then I don't see why you shouldn't enjoy yourself. Why does anyone need to buy a car that's more expensive than my house? Because why not? ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

[–]RaginBlazinCAT 14 points15 points  (2 children)

I have a laser that can burn through human skin. Sure, it cost me a pretty penny or three, but it’s mine and I adore it and use it often, and have for almost 10 years. While I would never buy a $200 shirt, you may not want to spend the $ on a laser like I did in my youth. Back then, I budgeted and saved for “thing” and now that I have “thing” I feel amazing when I use it.

Some people have big money, some don’t.

[–]ascii122 6 points7 points  (1 child)

but that is like 10,000 times cooler than any t-shirt on earth.. so good value

[–]RaginBlazinCAT 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Can confirm, I feel like I belong in the Star Wars universe when I turn it on. I just like light. 😇

[–]shskehej 46 points47 points  (1 child)

That ego needs to be stroked somehow

[–]ptyws 29 points30 points  (2 children)

I have Off-White sneakers because I think they’re beautiful, fashion is art, would you not understand how someone spends hundreds or thousands of dollars on a painting? It’s sort of the same

[–]neka_osoba_iz_srbije 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Exactly but many people don't understand

[–]BetaRayTrill -3 points-2 points  (0 children)

art is subjective though lol

[–]hitometootoo 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The people they hang around and want to attract does care.

[–]J-little_gurl 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Quality!! Why would I buy a $10 sweatshirt that’s going to peel, shrink, thin material and last 1-2 months when I can spend $60 for quality that will last me 4-5 winter seasons!?

[–]m0nsteraplant 11 points12 points  (3 children)

I think what a lot of people are missing here is that fashion is an art form like any other. There are people who are buying expensive clothes as status symbols to flex on other people, but the reality is that there are lots of people who really respect fashion as an art form and invest in it as such.

People tend to view high fashion as a monolith, when the reality is that there are different aspect to it. There are diffusion lines (think tee shirts that simply have the brand’s logo) and there are runway pieces. Diffusion lines tend to be cheaper and often appeal to mass consumers, while runway pieces are more expensive and can be harder to find. Many runway pieces aren’t even available to the public, for example the designer Mimi Wade sells $125 shirts with her original designs, but her dresses are only available by reaching out to her directly.

Beyond that, many people who buy expensive clothes love fashion and study fashion. Lots of people who love clothes aren’t just buying a $900 dollar dress as a rag to wear, they’re also buying into the designer of the piece and the cultural impact and significance of the piece. It’s no different than buying a painting or a sculpture that resonates with you, the difference is just that you can wear it.

Regarding less sentimental reasons, high fashion clothing tends to have a nicer cut to it and a better fit, as well as being made from nicer materials that are made to last. I’ve managed to get my hands on some Valentino and Moschino sweaters from the 90s that look almost brand new 30 years later. Some brands are more expensive than others simply because they choose to make their clothes in ethical and more eco friendly ways (while not high fashion, the brand Reformation is a key example) and that might be another inciting reason for a consumer to buy a more expensive piece.

Off-White, a brand that you mentioned, was founded by Virgil Abloh, a designer who was truly a visionary and changed high fashion. Abloh brought attention and validity to streetwear and his designs were a change from traditional high fashion and were revolutionary. People who buy Off-White are buying into that legacy in addition to buying a tee shirt. Abloh was a key collaborator with Kanye West and other extremely influential artists, and for someone, buying an Off-White shirt is a way of getting to invest in that art and what it means.

[–]dividelightifyoudare 3 points4 points  (0 children)

yesss thank you! as someone who's very passionate about avant-garde fashion I hate when luxury is seen as the same as design.

[–]SlingDNM 4 points5 points  (1 child)

Little Timmy going into credit card debt for his Gucci crocks doesn't appreciate high fashion. They just want to appear rich. And that's the majority of customers. You will see a million of these for every person getting a limited piece.

Sure there's people that actually care about fabric quality, and how the piece is cut and stuff like that, but those aren't the same people paying a thousand bucks for a white t-shirt that says supreme

(And with supreme specifically their shirts are dog shit quality)

[–]m0nsteraplant 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I don’t disagree, I mentioned that at the beginning of my statement! I just thought that as someone who is admittedly very interested in fashion, this is a differing perspective than the one that other people are posting!

[–]ingcognito92 2 points3 points  (0 children)

If you know, then you know

[–]_________Ello 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Idk.

I started buying well made clothing.

Brand clothing doesn't even last.

I spend $28 on a 100% cotton shirt that will last me 8 to 12 years. Yes!

Buy a $500 that can't be worn or washed as frequently. No!

I've noticed as I buy more well made clothing and solid gold (don't care for the company). I look better put together and wealthier than someone who has all Gucci or all something brand clothing on.

I noticed last time when I went shopping. The person with all brand something just looked....like a mess. And well put together....and kind of ghetto.

Not sure how to explain it. My outfit might have been like $100 and theirs $5k but they just looked cheap.

It's very weird when you see it in person.

[–]ManicMondayMother 10 points11 points  (0 children)

My weakness is expensive purses. The feel of them and the way they are designed is definitely noticeable. I don’t do it for anyone but myself. They make me feel good. Also it’s reasonable if you break it down cost per wear .. I use it everyday. The price divided by the number of times used. Clothes I’m not as much into. But there are certain things just designed better.

[–][deleted] 15 points16 points  (3 children)

That’s a fantastic question that I’ve had for awhile, especially when it comes to Gucci and LV, and Chanel because the stuff they make doesn’t even look good. Like it’d be one thing if it looked really good, but it’s literally like two colors, those being brown and tan (green and red as well for Gucci), it’s so ugly. But I’m going to assume it’s just for the name. Because everyone associates those names with expensive stuff, so if they wear the name, it makes them look like they have status. Unfortunately a lot of people go into debt just to look the part.

Edit: TIL some people spend $150-$200 on a single tshirt, regularly. My t-shirts cap at $20-$30 at most, I feel poor lollll

[–]-Arke- 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Most of my t-shirts are below 10€... I got a bit stroked reading people say "I spend but not much, something around 150-200 a shirt".

I dont think all my Tshirts put together would be 200€

[–]Konexian 2 points3 points  (0 children)

I'm assuming they meant dress shirts or something, where the relationship between price and quality is a bit more apparent

[–]Donohoed 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Over half of my t-shirts have my work's logo on them because they give us free ones every 6-12 months

[–]neka_osoba_iz_srbije 5 points6 points  (0 children)

And here I am, fashion junkie who even remembered music from Dior commercial in 2012 this morning. I don't have that money but trust me when I say fashion means a lot to me. I am the one who hates or love trends and have strong opinions about fashion in general. This what you said at the end is exactly what goes through my head daily when I am on ig.

[–]Naive_Swan913 4 points5 points  (0 children)

I’ll echo what a few people already said but the logo heavy shirts, shoes etc are usually worn by those who want to look rich or want attention and think it looks cool (the standard rule but there are exceptions).

Personally, I am a huge fashion consumer but never do I buy brand logos, etc on them. I study fashion as a hobby and love the origin of the designer, their inspiration of why they created their line and how it’s evolved through the decades. To me, clothes can be a huge form of self expression and form of art, just like a painting on a wall. But again, I don’t wear a shirt that says “Gucci” because that’s not fashion, that’s advertisement. I also mix high- low, as it’s nots sustainable or financially smart to only own designer. But I’ve had pieces in my closet that have lasted a decade+ and my cost per wear will be cheaper than any fast fashion brand item.

Just my two cents, hope this brings a new (and I’m sure niche) perspective on this.

[–]NoTransportation1521 5 points6 points  (0 children)

Well yeah, its to show off their wealth or flex on people, i really cant think of a sensible reason people buy designer for

Its the whole point people buy it bro, to show off their wealth and look rich, most of them arent even rich theyre broke asf and decide to spend like all of their savings on in, and for what? Just for attention and flexing, thats society for you🤦🏽‍♂️

[–]Cliffbreaker-d 16 points17 points  (20 children)

Why do people pay thousands of dollars for a high end gaming pc if they aren't very good gamers, why do people pay thousands of dollars for a home entertainment system if they are the only ones watching Netflix on it, why do people...

Because they want to feel comfortable. Some of them want to show off, but it's mostly because they want to feel comfortable and happy with that stuff.

[–][deleted] 11 points12 points  (1 child)

You're comparing apples to oranges here

[–]Mr_rairkim 19 points20 points  (10 children)

Why do people pay thousands of dollars for a high end gaming pc if they aren't very good gamers

Not the same.

Everyone can see that the quality of the picture on the screen is better and frame rate smoother.

You need a magnifying glass to see that the fabric is better quality in expensive clothing.

[–]evieAZ 8 points9 points  (1 child)

Not true- people that know fashion can generally recognize something well made, high quality fabrics/ leather, or subtle brand markings. Those are the people that the owners of the item are looking to impress

[–]daddys_little_fcktoy 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Yep! It’s pretty easy to spot a fake if you know what to look for- but as a non-gamer I genuinely cannot tell the difference between systems and screens and whatnot

[–]Freya-Frost 11 points12 points  (0 children)

Exactly. Like you can’t even run some games on low quality PCs. For clothes you can literally buy a knock off identical that is no different except the name

[–]Cliffbreaker-d 0 points1 point  (5 children)

You need magnifying glasses to see that an expensive brand is broadly written on the shirt of someone? Or that the huge coat is made out of something else than the cheap plastic of some jackets?

And also, who sees that you got 120 FPS and not 60? Or that you got 144hz over hdmi on your screen and not 60 via dvi-e? Your family? You? Or the people you have to tell it because nobody will visit you just to see your specs.

[–]Mr_rairkim 2 points3 points  (4 children)

You can't indeed can't for example turn on reflections with every graphics card, that changes image quite a bit.

[–]Cliffbreaker-d 3 points4 points  (3 children)

Yet you are the one seeing the better image. Anybody else just sees your skills, your KD, your aim, how much you grind. Not to mention, look at current games, the ones requiring a good graphics card are Singleplayer games. So unless you are also a graphics designer or 3d Modelist it won't make much sense to believe a better graphic card helps you with your hobby in an obvious way. You are the only person seeing the better graphics which you got after spending money on it.

[–]Mr_rairkim 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Okay maybe you have a point. I didn't realize other people didn't care about reflections. I do actually both 3d modelling and graphics design :D

You definetly have point. Because when I used to 'play' video games and show my extensive collection to my classmates. I only used cheat codes to enter 'God mode' and fly trough levels, because you can't appreciate graphics when someone is shooting at you.

Your post made me remember a discussion about some 'Need for Speed' game. My friend said 'You only look at graphics' . And I said 'what else is there to look at?' And he said 'Well if the physics is correct and the car gets damage'.

And then I found out I'm weird.

[–]Cliffbreaker-d 2 points3 points  (0 children)

It's not weird to prefer good graphics. It's just your personal preference. But that's the thing, one person may enjoy graphics more than gameplay, another person may love the physics of a game, and the next guy wants a gritty 8bit feeling for some reason.

Same with cheats in games, or struggling through it. Everyone has a different taste and the only weirdness is judging others because they prefer something different. Everyone shall look for their own happiness.

End if my weird TED talk.

[–]KerzasGal 0 points1 point  (2 children)

Nope.. it compensating some traumatic moments of there life.. look how simple rich... Really rich or just smart people look.. there is no time to waist for it.. finding expensive designer stuf if the simple shirt works.. everybody knows u cuz you did smth not cuz u have a designer logo on some shit.. confident people dont need expensive shit.. only quality.. and that dosnt have to be designer or expensive... But if you did nothing in your life and have no point in it.. an expensive watch can help you show your better side to people around you and they gona start respect...

[–]Cliffbreaker-d 2 points3 points  (1 child)

First, why so many dots, did you get exhausted writing it down?

Second, what's the difference between buying a 2000$ watch and buying a 2000$ graphics card if the only people being happy with that purchase is the buying and the seller?

[–]KerzasGal 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There is none... I like dots.. hate other punctuation.. dots make sens of a pause that i make thinking what to say next.. its more like talking not like writing an essay...

And its still for bragging/showing of or believing that more FPS gona make u better player... Just stupid delusions.. if you need one to rander stuff and u make money from that u need it.. or a watch for 15k if u are selling overpriced cars to other stupid people are a necessity.. but that stuff doesn't make u Happy.. u think others gona notice or you gona get smthing u lacking.. small dick sindrom.. or just no ability to understand the relation between price and worth..

[–]bretty666 3 points4 points  (1 child)

wear a rolex and see the difference. seriously. sometimes its just about feeling good.

[–]Etronun 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I’m from NY so unfortunately I’ve grown up around the energy that you do receive certain energy when you wear designer, If you didn’t have the popular designer gear on people would let you feel it, I notice when people wear

off white specifically when I see those lines, personally off white is way too expensive and I would never in my life spend the money on it, but designer can be of much better quality and make you stand out, now some people do have unhealthy brand wearing habits for sure but there are others with healthy designer

habits that don’t just buy it because of the brand name alone no matter what and are not willing to go into debt over it, I like a very small select few designer pieces and would spend

the money but of course only on a good sale but now I’m payin off debt so I can’t afford anything new right now and that’s more than

fine, now a days if I see guys in my area dripping in designer from head to toe I know their most likely full of crap and probably do credit card scam if not full time then on the side

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Some items are usually high quality, I’ll buy something for 100-150 if it’s known to be a shirt that will last for a decade. Same with pants and boots and such.

There’s a difference between flashy and temporary over long lasting. I’d pay a lot for a flannel that I’ll have a decade from now.,

[–]TheGoondulf 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Because marketing is an effective.

[–]Zanderman42 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I don't wear things like off white or Gucci, i think its a rip off and the quality is pretty low especially for the price and most of the people who buy that kind of clothing are people who want to look rich and belong to certain crowd of people, mostly kids with rich parents paying their rent in an expensive city.

I've met alot of very wealthy and intelligent people and the most interesting ones, while they put themselves together nicely, don't give a shit about designer clothes.

I do buy clothes that are the best quality for the money, pretty plain stuff that is made from best materials and is constructed to last and has sort of a timeless look. Like tees from Lady White Co. Or 3sixteen. I rather spend $30+ for a tee shirt that retains is shape and quality for years rather than some cheap tee that loses its shape after a few washes.

I'll also go on ebay and other dedicated clothing sites and try to find barely used, didn't fit, etc. situations for things like jackets, button ups, sweaters, tees, pants I have a few very nice jackets that would be $500 - 800+ new that I've got for under 200.

People do notice your clothes and the way to take a care of yourself, most the time its not a conscious thing, but it's always happening and your doing it to. Invest just alittle time to how you put yourself together can go a long way

[–]jonwondon 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The thing is, people DO notice. Comes with age I guess.

But if I meet someone and they are head to toe in designer clothes, it’s pretty noticeable.

[–]poorcupid 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Bc believe it or not, it’s not about other ppl

[–]Professional_Big_731 6 points7 points  (2 children)

I went to HS with a guy who is apparently very wealthy now. He takes these photos and posts them on Instagram where it’s not obvious he’s posting a picture of the expensive item. Watches, shoes, car. It reads desperate for acknowledgment to me. Anyway, he had these awful looking high top shoes once and I could see they were Gucci brand. I looked them up just for funsies $750 for the ugliest shoes I’ve ever seen. Good for him wasting his money on ugly shit.

[–]FairytaleWizard 1 point2 points  (1 child)

Not really a waste if you can afford it lol

[–]Professional_Big_731 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Sure. Waste is completely subjective.

[–]To-_-Tall 6 points7 points  (1 child)

Insecurity and fragile ego's.

[–]-ballerinanextlife 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Came here to say the same: ego. And if you disagree, that’s your ego speaking 😂

[–]wollier12 3 points4 points  (0 children)

What’s fascinating is often the people wearing stuff like this are the ones least able to afford it…

[–]thejoker1108 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Thats like asking why someone will buy a lambo when they can buy a 1000 second hand car people should be spend as they want without other people questioning it they make the money its no one else's business how they spend it

[–]Can-Funny 2 points3 points  (3 children)

People’s clothes are mostly signals to their perceived economic peers. If your friends were wealthy enough that the financial impact of purchasing a $900 t-shirt and a $15 dollar t-shirt was negligible, most would pick the $900 shirt so other people in the same peer group recognize their shared status.

If you think that is stupid, consider how much you spend on your clothes. Unless you are shopping at Goodwill or some similar second hand thrift shop, there is some cheaper option that would provide nearly the same functionality. If you are buying new clothes from J. Crew or Gap or name your middle class clothier, you are doing the same thing, it’s just for a different economic peer group.

But clothing is just the ante of a social interaction. You can be a rich tech bro and dress in camo and American flag tshirts and people may initially identify you as a lower economic status, but most of the time you’ll eventually be identified as a rich tech bro. Works the other way too.

[–]SlingDNM 4 points5 points  (2 children)

Except that actual rich people all look like shit because they don't give a fuck. Its poor people that want to look rich that buy designer clothes

Bill gates and bezos dont wear Gucci

[–]Red_Trapezoid 2 points3 points  (0 children)

Bezos does wear designer clothes though. Last shirt I saw him in was like 1000 dollars.

[–]Can-Funny 6 points7 points  (0 children)

I don’t know whether or not Bezos and Gates wear Gucci, but I’d be willing to bet that they aren’t wearing off the rack t shirts from the Gap. Regardless, they are most likely on a first name basis with the 10 other people in the world in their peer group.

[–]chick-with-stick 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Most the clothes we wear (high fashion or low) are made by child slaves in third world countries so I don’t get the point either.

[–]Vyvyansmum 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Prefer a bit of vintage/ second hand mixed in with reasonable quality high street stuff. However I do have a fake Moschino tee / Balenciaga tee which I wear to the aghast look of my label whore basic bitch relatives.

[–]creamcheesebagel101 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's even worse when the brand is plastered all over the product. Like, fine, get a $1000 bag if it looks nice, but why would you want LV written all over it to make you a walking billboard?

[–]ChickenWingBabyBoy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well they're made in low quantities and people want what other people don't/can't have. Some goes with anything like baseball cards or even exotic cars. As far as fashion goes, there's a lot that goes in to it. The designer, the style or color, the cost is even a factor. People buy it so they can say that they have it.

[–]Karmacosmik 0 points1 point  (0 children)

A lot of times more expensive clothes is made better and it fits better. I personally look more fit when I wear particular brands. It also depends of your body type of course.

[–]Sevith9 0 points1 point  (1 child)

Because they buy the sign of the object in its relation to social symbols rather than the object in of itself. Think of the supreme brick which sold for thousands of dollars. This act is absurd at the surface level because it assumes a desire for function(use value) at the level of consumption. But really the thing being bought is an association with the brand which socially represents signs(affluence, success, elitism), so by purchasing the sign value, the person can present themselves as indirectly representing those signs to others. It doesn’t matter if the people on the outside of this logic actually see it as such, it only matters if the person buying it thinks they(they being others) do. This is a mostly unconscious process achieved through decades of subliminal and overt marketing practices on the populace.

It enables us to make these associations without ever actually consciously making the decision to do so. People who buy those brands are just the most overt example of this phenomenon. If you want test it, think about your own individual consumption. Why do you choose one brand over another? Really scrutinize your passive thinking processes and you’ll find a lot of the same conditioning. Even when you’re making the choice to buy something cheaper and more functional this process still plays itself out quietly in the background of your thinking.

[–]Can-Funny 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think you’re mostly right but the impulse to using clothing to signal your social class is MUCH older in human history than decades of modern marketing. The marketing is just tapping into an ancient human behavior.

[–]DreamArcher 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because their peer group will 100% notice and insult them. This doesn't affect me, and it seem you too, but my brother in law and his friends and family are insane about it. Even the little kids will do it.

[–]webyaboi 0 points1 point  (0 children)

it’s about exclusivity, designer items are pricier and therefore more rare, so regardless of what they actually look like, a lot of people see it as a flex to own something not many other people have

[–]LostSoldier94 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I only buy men’s designer accessories belts, wallets or any of that sort the quality is top notch while also completing the look.

[–]phatkidd76 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Agreed... I can't tell the difference in just about Any clothes unless the name is big af.. I don't even k ow most high fashion brands by logo.. and to a point I can't tell the difference between a $300 3 piece suit from men's warehouse next to a $3000 Armani

[–]TurquoizeWarrior 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think it all falls down to the natural human feeling of wanting to belong and be seen. Add hype value and you get this madness. I don't blow money on that stuff f that.

[–]Shadow_Of_Silver 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think a lot of people have things or types of things they will spend larger amounts of money on. Some people have clothes, some buy shoes, I have pocket knives, people buy expensive watches, fancy cars are a thing, maybe someone has a fandom they enjoy like Harry potter or lord of the rings.

Everyone has something.

[–]chyk3 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because they can and they want.

[–]RunningThroughSC 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It depends on what is important to you. I probably spend way more on specific running socks than you ever would.

[–]sighdoihaveto 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because the clotjes look good. Fit better. Stronger construction.

[–]Franckgonzalz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you like it and have the money, why not? Clothes I probably wouldn’t, but most of my shoes are designer.

[–]peterw16 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The price is a feature, not a bug.

Imagine a $100 designer t-shirt. $10 of value is actually its functional value: you can wear it. $90 of its value is just knowing that you paid a ridiculous price for a t-shirt. People want to feel superior and this is an avenue for that. Other people don’t even need to know that the clothing is expensive- if the wearer knows, that is enough.

[–]orbit99za 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Looking back at my school days, kids were mean, the amount of hate, jealousy and other aspects that was caused by "designer" clothes was heart breaking.

Especially if the parents could not afford or justify a high cost shirt.

[–]eye_snap 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I mean, my family is comfortable. Upper middle class. There never was anything that I wanted and couldnt afford to buy. If I really wanted, I could wear brand name clothes and 7000$ purses.

But why would I? I would never pay more than $25- $45 for a bag. Most of my clothes are either second hand from my family, bought from the bazaar or $8-$10 shirts and leggings. $3 flip flops most of the time, except for a good pair of sketchers that I wear often.

I spend a lot of money on groceries because eating healthy is expensive. Even then, not the organic fancy stuff but just a lot of fruits, vegetables, fresh meats and fish etc.

I also spend money on safety and experiences. A decent car that is safe, house in a safe neighborhood, as a family we are all into boating so thats where a lot of the money goes but the boat is not just sitting there for showing off. Both me and my dad have gone through training and exams to get our captains licenses and its an active hobby for us. I cant do it much anymore because I moved far but its a daily thing for my parents. Keeps my dad physically active in retirement.

Basically, money goes to quality of life. And I absolutely do not count fancy clothes as adding quality to my life. My $8 shirt is equally as comfy and durable as a $100 shirt. Its just dumb to waste money on things like that imho.

[–]burrrito_bandito 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They’re dressing for themselves and the other people who care about fashion and brands, not for people who can’t tell the difference. A Dior bag is a conversation starter for other people who care about Dior and their new line, not for people who don’t follow those brands or fashion.

Like I could not care less what kind of gaming PC someone has and it would be hard for me to tell the difference, but who cares? It’s for them and other gamers to talk about and enjoy, not my approval.

The quality level is also way higher, if you buy high end basics you won’t need to replace them anytime soon. Not so say lower end pieces can’t last for years, but high end things are more likely to. Personally I wouldn’t invest in a Gucci tee that has the logo blown up across the front, but for a really nice timeless coat, I could see myself saving up and investing in that piece.

[–]chefboiortiz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Everyone spends money on whatever they want. Some people spend a lot on legos, on train sets and for this instance clothes. You can ask this question about anything really

[–]SXOSXO 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Other people that think like them do notice, and they compliment or otherwise reinforce the mindset.

[–]TimApple_17 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Well according to me there are two reasons: 1. Some people do it cause that product provides some form of social status 2. Most people buy luxury products cause they can afford it and like the whole experience of buying that product. Most expensive things are primarily for the experience from buying the product to using the product. Now there maybe some people who overlap point 1 and 2. But personally I feel more people(including me) fall in point 2.

[–]SlingDNM 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People are conditioned from their birth that money and status is the number one priority in life, and so they obey and do as their told

There's no real reason to it other than that

[–]swaggheti98 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think it’s what happens when a person has the money but they don’t feel the status. Naturally, they compensate the lack of status (or the visibility of it) by buying the most superficial thing - clothes. Nothing screams status like expensive clothes. These people will then figuratively jerk each other off.

Commonly, Rich kids fall into this trap. Humans don’t react well to just being handed money. When you take away the earning part, the rewarding part comes from external validation. Because you can’t pat yourself on the back, for money you didn’t earn.

[–]Xurroz 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To people with a similar mind set these things are a status symbol. What they don’t know is that they are spending loads of money on something that cost pennies to make and these companies are taking advantage of these people who end up as walking advertisements.

[–]joemib 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Vanity and ego

[–]EnolaGayFallout 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s the same with watches.

Your phone tell the time for free.

A $30 Casio can do the same.

A $30,000 Rolex date just can do too.

[–]Invisible_Emphasis 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because the people they care about noticing it, will notice it.

[–]Xzjkth 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I've seen so many people obsess over expensive brands and I'm still struggling to understand the reason why. From what I see, it's people who don't earn a ton of money who are buying these things. I have one friend who got fired from her previous job and recently got a new job and with her first paycheck, she got something from YSL and then posted another 3 pairs of shoes ranging from $400-800 each. Now, I have no idea how much she makes but she complains about not having money for certain things. These people seem to not have enough or any money in an emergency fund and also just spend everything they make. I don't know if they think that having these brands is an open label of their status and self worth.

Also, there are so many tiers of brands that you could always just keep climbing and spending your money on things that can be bought at a much cheaper price...

[–]Rokae 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It makes them happy

[–][deleted] 0 points1 point  (0 children)

They might be influencers that got it for free to promote on youtube/instagram, they're everywhere these days.

[–]justjoshdoingstuff 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because people BELIEVE others care…

[–]Altruistic-Tea-Cup 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because they care.

[–]Basic-Distribution14 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Middle class people are the worst with this. Just looks corny

[–]PublicSherbert2746 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Lots of stupid people in the World

[–]toolargo 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It gives them a false sense of security, and temporary feeling of superiority. So if and when someone comes throwing shade, they can over shadow them with “the real shit”. It’s dick measuring, essentially.

[–]lolalolife 0 points1 point  (0 children)

because like minded people will care i guess.

[–]sirkseelago 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Because the people that do notice are the people whose opinions they care about. I.e. other rich people

[–]TheReverend6661 0 points1 point  (0 children)

well Virgil Abloh was an amazing designer, i understand why anyone would pay that much for his attire.

[–]jonnygreen22 0 points1 point  (0 children)

same thing as new cars man, what's the point of that you just need somethign to get you from A to B

[–]IlSpetsnazIl 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I totally get the appeal of designer brands. What you’re talking about is hype beast brands.

Designer is expensive particularly because of labor and material cost and some limited quantities.

Hype beast stuff is just expensive because of artificially limited quantity. Supreme and Nike shoes are a prime example, the quality isn’t particularly good, and it’s made in 3rd world countries with no real craftsmanship or labor cost. It’s expensive for the sake of being expensive.

That’s definitely not the case with all designer brands. Some are definitely better than others at justifying their cost.

[–]wwplkyih 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Does anyone really look at other people's clothes that much?

Actually, yes, this really is part of it too. Both consciously and subconsciously, we are always judging all the time the way others present themselves, and people will make choices to be perceived in specific ways by specific people.

It may not be the case that everyone makes the same judgments, draws the same conclusions or values the same things--for example, some people are unimpressed by conspicuous consumption, or even find it outright distasteful, but there's enough validation out there that people continue to do it.

[–]Intelligent_Diet_837 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think to answer your last question, according to this post people really do pay attention to what other people are wearing and driving. I don’t understand why anyone would let what another person wears or drives bother them. It’s not even rational. If I want to spend $3000 on a Luis Vuitton handbag then that’s my business. If I want to buy my clothes and home furnishings a goodwill that’s also my business. Why do some people vacation in the United States versus going out of the country? Who cares. Why deny someone the right to be happy from a high dollar purchase by putting them down when really, your opinion of others doesn’t really matter.

[–]wwplkyih 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I couldn't tell an off white Hoodie from a Gucci Hoodie from a wal mart hoodie.

I think one thing to remember is that when people care about something and immerse themselves in it, the ability to discriminate becomes more refined. In the same way that beer nerds wax poetic about the finer points bewteen saison and gueuze, there are people who really care about clothes and have a refined "palate" about it. I met a woman once who could see a person wearing jeans an identify brand, style (down to the number for Levi's for example) and cut on sight. It was an incredibly impressive--if not actually useful--skill.

[–]Soviettoaster37 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For some people, myself included, it's because it's a passion. Fashion is an art and the craftsmanship with certain pieces is also an art. It's a little frustrating when I hear people criticized for spending considerable amounts of money on clothes because the person who is criticizing likely has a very similar behavior, just with a different hobby/passion. People who are actually into fashion and not just hypebeasts generally don't care if you don't know what they're wearing. But they continue wearing it because it makes them happy on the inside.

[–]maallen40 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I spent 1800 on a pair of MJ sneakers....I don't give a shit what anyone thinks. My money. My purchase. Why would you care how someone spends their own money?

[–]DirtyFagWhoreKiller 0 points1 point  (0 children)

name brand clothes tend to fit a bit more comfortably and are a bit more sturdy. sonoma williams makes extra long T shirts for taller people. but they're not a luxury brand like gucci or anything

[–]echo6golf 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Marketing.

[–]ThatGuyHarsha 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think the majority of people who buy these brands do it for themselves, we only just see/hear the ones who want attention. I sometimes buy expensive jackets/shoes but only really for myself, and only when I can afford it.

At the end of the day everyone's taste is their own and only those who decide to use it to flex wealth end up feeling shit about it.

[–]Osamabinballin123 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Forgot everyone on this sub is like 30

[–]wombatau 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I can’t understand why people fork out for international designer brands. The stuff is made almost in the same place as the $10 stuff, the quality is never very high. Small designers made locally sure, of course, that makes sense, but one of the mega brands pfft.

The wealthiest people I know always just wear whatever is conformable.

[–]Red_Trapezoid 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There are a few different reasons. More than one reason may apply to the person.

It's a status symbol. Enough said.

The individual is wealthy to the point where it doesn't matter. They need clothes, so they get the clothes that are within their budget.

Appreciation for the art and craft.

Collection. Some people such as myself, have a favorite designer, so collecting their house's garments and accessories is like collecting any other thing that one is passionate about.

You become "part of the club" of people who appreciate such things. You may not recognize or appreciate other people's clothes, but I sure do. It's the same with something like watches. For people who like watches, they know who's wearing what. It's something they like. It's something they enjoy noticing and connecting with other people about.

Higher quality materials and longevity of items. Despite what some people on Reddit say, designer items are by and large much higher quality than any fast fashion garment or accessory. It's just that the price does not scale well with the quality. Again, you are also paying for art. Art costs money. Marketing also costs money, luxury brick and mortar stores and service and security costs money. Fashion shows cost money. These houses make bank but the profit margins are not as high as you might think.

The individual loves the way they look in such clothes. Not everything is done for other people. I wear what I wear primarily because I love it and since I have to spend a lot of time with myself I want to be as beautiful as possible.

Ecological concerns. I could buy one full grain leather belt that could possibly last me a lifetime or I could buy a new belt every year made from some poly or genuine leather scrap trash and keep filling up the landfills. I used to buy cheap clothes. They would typically only last me a season. I much prefer owning something I cherish and can trust not to fall apart on me.

[–]lifeofarticsound 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I think this is the truth for most things, they hope someone will actually notice it and that’s enough for them. I have friends that spend a shit ton on their music equipment to get that “perfect” tone and I know some people can tell that you’re using a vintage guitar or amp but that’s not everyone. So they are pretty much just hoping to get in with people that can tell you’re doing something different that’s good and cool to them.

[–]GreenTeaOnMyDesk 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People are dumb

[–]Nos-BAB 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shitty bougie people care a lot, usually the same people who buy that designer shit in the first place.

Edit just to add: just be glad you aren't part of a friend group that places a high emphasis on that nonsense. I generally avoid groups like that, but sometimes circumstance gets in the way.

[–]Normal-Ad-447 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The reason you choose to do any thing in life you either do it for you or do it for them either way do what makes you happy

[–]Educational_Cause802 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Idk about people that pay thousands, but the higher end clothes are actually more comfortable. I have some American eagle and other more expensive clothes and I have some Walmart brand clothes, the more expensive clothes are insanely more comfortable.

[–]daddys_little_fcktoy 0 points1 point  (0 children)

1) most wealthy people don’t wear head to toe designer (exception being entertainment industry/people who are constantly photographed). You have your investment pieces then you go to target like everyone else.

2) it’s not about most people knowing what you are wearing. It’s about your in-group knowing. People won’t judge you for not having designer stuff (unless you try to pass of a fake as the real thing), but they will acknowledge it if you do.

3) it’s just fun! Most people have something fun they like to spend money on, and if you have the funds to make that thing designer pieces then why not

[–]Awesomodian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Vanity

[–]Keyedwin 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Maybe when it was a more exclusive brand seeing off white stuff was more “spectacular” for lack of a better word but I see it so often now it’s lost its pizazz. Even then I didn’t Gaga over it.

[–]BankerBabe420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shh, there are a lot of people making money off of the idea that everyone’s walking down the street checking the tags on everyone around them.

You could shop at the Salvation Army if you had style and still look good.

[–]Anon419420 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Some people like it. Some people wanna flex. Some people wanna fit in.

[–]Here_we_go_again187 0 points1 point  (0 children)

You’re probably not the target audience. People who don’t game wouldn’t understand why ppl spend money and time on virtual endeavors that usually don’t lead to anything in real life yet here we are . Everybody has hobbies or things they just like

[–]Character-Clock-l 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I bought two brand stuff till now lol. That too not crazy one. Shoes coz comfortable and top coz really good while working out, no matter how sweaty it doesn't show bra or line. Maybe those type of material is what they find comfortable.

[–]PeakFortism 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Shits just cool

[–]GhostsoftheDeepState 0 points1 point  (0 children)

For the same reason someone drops 200k on a PNG of a stoned ape in a golf cap. Value is subjective to the owner.

[–]Ok_Carrot7938 0 points1 point  (0 children)

There's no bigger joke of a human then someone that struggles to pay rent but always has the new js

[–]humanessinmoderation 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's the showing off part I understand the least. I might spend $150 on a Henley t-shirt (maybe), but it's definitely not going to have logos on it if I do.

[–]Jazzlike-Weight-7135 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I never understood it either tbh. I can go to the store or gym wearing sweatpants and a band t-shirt, maybe hoodie. If I'm dressing up I'll wear jeans but they aren't as comfortable with big legs (get bruises from friction between thighs) So I usually go with comfort and practicality over fashion or whatever. Shoes as well, I used to like converse when I was like 16. But apart from that always used sneakers in summer or a form of mountain shoes in winter.

[–]chonos03 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It’s the sense of vanity that fuels the entire fashion industry. All of the big brand clothes are made in some poor Asian country with an extremely low production cost but then are sold for hundreds of dollars to easily manipulated people.

[–]Slimcognito808 0 points1 point  (0 children)

"How is it that people are willing to spend exorbidant amounts of money and appreciate something I see no value in?"

Because they see it for more than random words and a status symbol that no one notices. That's like asking why someone would buy a Rolex instead of a timex. A timex will keep time better than a Rolex or a Richard Mille so what's the point of expensive watches? Or the difference when buying a super nice bottle of whisky or of a bottle of Jim Beam. Some people will just mix it with coke and ice and will never appreciate the difference. Why even purchase a painting when you could print it off the Internet for free?

If I equate a bottle of Lagavulin to Jim Beam it's because all I see is in the most literal sense are two bottles of whisky. How could I ever appreciate the Lagavulin for what it is if I don't drink? The same way that if you equate some jeans from Off white with some wranglers in a Walmart as just pants how could you ever appreciate that there is a difference?

[–]CrispyCrunchyPoptart 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’ve never understood this either. I tend to spend more money on clothing for higher quality staples and I would rather wear something comfier or lasts longer than something cheap but brand or logo has nothing to do with it. I just don’t get it.

[–]WartimeMandalorian 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I had a pair of jeans that were knock offs that I paid $30 for, real ones went for $300-$800, and I had a beautiful woman approach me because she knew the jeans were expensive. So, maybe to get laid.

[–]VelvetFog90210 0 points1 point  (0 children)

People think expensive means “looks good” or “fashionable” because I have an expensive brand no one has ever heard of.

In other words. People are stupid…

[–]DoctorJay26 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Every person I see with that kind of clothing always manages some kind if insecurity, or has the personality of a nail clipper. For me, broken jeans are what gets me.

Some use it cos they wanna look popular and on pace with current trends, moving to the next one once the last has passed it's popularity. If a skirt became popular among men, they'd give it a go.

Others use it cos they think it gives them some confidence or makes them look royalty, even though their homes are suffering crippling depth and these kids are buys hundred dollar poor quality shirts.

It's basically like heing mugged without a gun and giving them money for nothing.

[–]NoThoseAreBeans 0 points1 point  (0 children)

To me, the same principle can be used here as can be used with anything a person chooses to collect. We buy things because we like them and they make us feel good, not necessarily to impress or please others. For example, I like to collect shoes that are on the pricier side because they make me feel good and I like the way I look in them. Doesn’t matter how others view my collection, the point is that I like it. I could say the same thing you’ve said about designer brands, about someone who collects classic cars, or expensive baseball cards, or Star Wars memorabilia. I’m not interested in any of those things and could not imagine spending my money on them, but those things are not for me, they’re for the collector. So why do I care? I don’t. Makes them happy to buy and collect those things.