Why Do People Like To Buy Expensive Clothes?

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Oscar De La Huerte Profile
People like to buy expensive clothes for two main reasons:

  • Money means quality
  • People buy into an image
Why people buy expensive clothes

The most obvious reason someone would want to part with a large amount of cash when buying clothes is because (in theory) spending more money means getting better quality garments.

This type of clothing will last longer, feel better, have a better cut or fit, be more flattering to the wearer or have some other quality that is deemed attractive by the consumer.

Or at least that's what the retailer would have you think anyway. Whether that's true or not really depends from brand to brand, and item to item.

The second reason people end up buying expensive clothing is because they are buying into an image or look.

Like any market pricing trend, the greater the demand compared to supply, the higher the price. For this reason, limited edition items of clothing which are in high demand end up selling for exorbitant sums.

Are expensive clothes really worth it?

What makes a pair of Primark jeans retail at £6 whilst a pair of Levis could cost you £60?

A clutch handbag by George (at Asda) will also set you back £6, so why does a Manhattan clutch at Selfridges sell for £295?

Well, in the case of these handbags, one is faux leather and the other is mock croc (but real cow hide).

In essence, both examples highlight that more money generally means better quality. But whether that difference in quality is reflective of the gap in price is subject to debate.

More often than not, quality is in fact a secondary attribute. When choosing a pair of jeans or a handbag, the wearer is also making a statement to the outside world.

Waltz into a shop with £500 Louis Vuitton shoulder bag and you'll be looked at and treated differently than someone sporting a 'Collection' quilted tote from Debenhams (reduced from £35 to £28!).
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Anonymous answered
I  think people like to buy expensive clothes as it shows them the ideal and self worth they do not get from human love and kindness.

I think if a person buys something from Chanel they feel they have something to be proud of and do not feel or look worthless in the eyes of others, compared to owning a Primark bag.

It's all about how people in society see people and themselves. They want to own better, more expensive things and they want to feel worthy of others.

My friend Danielle was going through this simular stage herself - she wanted people to like her so she brought expensive clothes to try and impress her peers, but in my opinion she was buying their affection rather than being worthy as a person. Did she find contentment? No.
Wendy Profile
Wendy answered
Sometimes people think that buying anything less is beneath them. A person can also get caught up in the simple fact of getting new things.

I was never really a designer girl so I don't totally understand myself. I enjoy keeping it simple and saving money.

I think it has some to do with status in other words trying to place themselves at a different level of recognition.

People are trying to feel better about themselves and also to get other people to think differently about them as well.

This may not be the case for everyone who likes designer things. Some people just have the money and choose to purchase them but don't have to have designer items to be happy.

I hope this helps you.
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Anonymous answered
My sisters buy VERY expensive clothes, for example sometimes I check the price tags, 1 T-shirt for $70, and the price range is the same for each of their various clothes.

I live in a middle-class home but yet they do this! It's probably because they are earning. As for me I buy clothes which range from $8 - $15 MAX, still manage to keep my style cool and still manage to get great comments about my appearance!
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Anonymous answered
There is a very complicated psychological answer to this question, but to keep this brief it all boils down to self esteem by way of perception.

People with low self esteem believe the rest of world judges them as harshly as they judge themselves and the rest of the world.

Expensive clothes, jewelry, and other high priced luxury items are a cloak that people can literally put on in an attempt to redirect other people from perceiving their self assigned negative attributes.
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Anonymous answered
I think people [Tweens&Teens] want to buy expensive clothing because they do not have the opportunity to be in the popular group and they want to have the most expensive things on the earth and then they'll get in the popular group and have the coolest friends in the world.

It's just the attention that they want, not for your personality or anything like that - JUST ATTENTION.
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Gio Piane answered
The funny thing is that probably the same people who can afford the expensive stuff are the same people investing in manufacturing the cheap stuff. 

It is one thing to be practical and buy "quality", but knowing that outrageous prices don't always mean good quality. - There is a BIG difference between quality and brand. -

So all of the above is valid: Some people look for quality: Good fit and lasting colors AND they are willing to pay the price (no more!), others want to belong and represent something that will reassure their ego and "redirect other people from perceiving their self assigned negative attributes."
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Anonymous answered
I would assume because they have the money and because they have something missing from their lives that they think they can fill with things that we can buy.

They don't realize that they can't fill the void in their lives with earthly things because only when you've found Christ can you have perfect peace.

Also, it might be a contest with society to always have all of the latest fashions and designs and knowledge, etc. That the culture says is 'cool'.

I think that is a really stupid way to spend money because if you have money to spare in this economy, you should give it to someone who will use it wisely and not squander it.

That's my opinion and you can take it as you will, but know that I did not mean to offend anyone, if you feel like taking offense.
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Anonymous answered

Morons buy expensive, designer garments. Calls to mind The Emperor's New Clothes. Quality is one thing, but most designers  are laughing all the way to the bank!

Don Barzini Profile
Don Barzini answered

Beyond a certain point, its mostly vanity.

While I 'get' owning a nice suit or two, or ladies buying a bit of haute couture for formal occasions, and better made clothing costs a bit more, but there becomes a point of diminishing returns.

Reminds me of an unfortunate incident a few summers ago, my very good friend lost his $15,000 Patek Philippe 'chronograph' (what snooty folks call a wristwatch) about 30 miles out in the Gulf. Poor guy fussed the whole day. We still razz him about it. I don't think he's worn a watch since.

Janis Haskell Profile
Janis Haskell answered

I just try to find clothing that suits me.  Once in a while it's pricey, but it could just as easily come from a thrift store or bargain basement.  :)

Miley Johnson Profile
Miley Johnson answered

I don't like buying expensive clothes at all... Furthemore, I prefer some cheap and cool stuff like those hoodies from https://www.gotapparel.com/c-4-fleece.aspx and some tees from there, for example. I don't see a poing in spending 30 dollars on a tee while I can buy 10 basic T-Shirts and wear them for a year or so :)

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Darcy Taylor answered

I never buy any dress by its price whether it's expensive I always prefer to buy that dress which looks beautiful also the color and fabrics are awesome too...

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kyla sanchez Profile
kyla sanchez answered
They want to buy really expensive clothes because the nice clothes are expensive and some people like to show off.....
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Because they are better quality than cheap tacky clothes. They last longer and look better.
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Anonymous answered
Most expensive or designer clothes are better quality and the construction of the clothes are beyond what any cheap clothes are. When you wash them the color doesn't fade, threads don't come out accidentally, and they definitely fit better. It's not a bad thing to like nice stuff.
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Bailey Zuniga answered
Like to show off! I buy expensive clothes to show off to my friends that I have more money then they do, to go to my fav store hot topic.
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Anonymous answered
I am in Italy with my rich friend and I'm looking for stores that sell Levis because I like them and they are going into Luis Vuitton. I don't understand why you would ever buy such expensive stuff. He also has 200 dollar jeans on. But he has a very rich family so I guess that's why.
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Ulysses Strata answered
Ideally there should be a limit, not too few people with very expensive clothes (houses, cars, assets), and not too many who barely get by. This it is and, I am afraid, it will be the history of humankind.

Again, and sorry for oversimplifying, there are very talented and sensitive people who have no financial means to go to college, and then you have all those meat-head rich who have zero talent and lack thoughtfulness, but however, they have power based on their freakin' money.

I don't envy their absolute financial power for it must be highly boring to be able to buy, eat, travel all you wish and whenever you please.

A Lifeless life MUST feel pretty bad as well as not having money to pay the rent next month and having children to support.

Not easy, but I sympathize with the regular, ordinary fellows, since I am one of them.
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Anonymous answered
We buy expensive clothes because they are the best thing out, rather than these cheap ugly clothes out there now.
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Anonymous answered
Expensive clothes are better and better quality and look good. Cheap clothes are tacky and not very good quality.
Eleanor jones Profile
Eleanor jones answered
Because they are too materialistic and totally selfish. They should learn to gain pleasure by giving to the poor or feeding the wildlife around them.
Keith Jackson Profile
Keith Jackson answered
And that's what I should do! Instead of buying all this stuff I like and enjoy! Give it to the poor & needy! No need to be selfish & materialistic!
Maxine Chan Profile
Maxine Chan answered
Buying expensive clothes is important to them because they like to follow designers and have an interest in fashion - or they are insecure and think buying expensive items will help them with their body image.

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