Fashion Police Poll: What’s the most you’ve ever spent on a single item of clothing?

Piggybank When I was younger (and, some would say, stupider), I thought nothing of spending what now seems like a small fortune on clothes and accessories. Of course, these were the days BM (Before Mortgage): I was still living with my parents, I didn’t have much in the way of bills to pay, I was working two jobs… the result was that I had a whole lot of disposable income, and what better thing to spend it on than clothes?

I spent a lot. In those days I would buy a lot of designer items, particularly handbags and dresses. I thought absolutely nothing of spending an entire month’s salary in one store, and walking out with just a couple of items. Like I say: I spent a lot.

Of course, time moved on. I bought a car. Then I bought a house. And a dog. (The dog wasn’t too expensive himself, by the way, but when he was a puppy he definitely managed to destroy a lot of expensive stuff, which then had to be replaced). Suddenly, I didn’t have quite so much disposable income, and it came as a very nasty shock, I can tell you.

These days, I’m a dedicated bargain hunter, and I very rarely spend a lot of money of individual items, preferring to hunt around for good deals, search eBay or even go thrifting to find the things I like for not very much money. This is mostly through choice rather than necessity, but even if I woke up rich tomorrow, I think I’d still enjoying finding a bargain, even although most of my money would probably go directly to Net-a-Porter

Which brings me to the question asked in this week’s poll: what’s the most you’ve ever spent on a single item of clothing, or on an accessory? Are you a bargain hunter, or do you like to flash the cash?

17 Comments

  • June 2, 2008

    Caroline

    I seriously considered spending £300 on a dress last night – got to checkout before I told myself not to be so very foolish and to put the credit card AWAY! Which means the most I’ve actually spent is around the £200 mark. I’m not including the cost of a wedding dress, by the way! That would change things slightly…

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  • June 2, 2008

    Hannah

    I’m actually a very good bargain hunter e.g. I bought a pair of River Island boots for £8 that were £100 at full price. The most I have ever spent on one article of clothing is £45 on a silk top from Oasis.

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  • June 2, 2008

    Hannah

    I’m actually a very good bargain hunter e.g. I bought a pair of River Island boots for £8 that were £100 at full price. The most I have ever spent on one article of clothing is £45 on a silk top from Oasis.

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  • June 2, 2008

    Anne-Marie

    I usually don’t spend too much on clothes, but my wedding shoes were very expensive (and are displayed as art at home!), and I have a weakness for Mulberry handbags……

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  • June 2, 2008

    Abby

    Normally I don’t spend too much on clothes, prefering to shop at stores like H&M, but I do like to have nice accessories. The most expensive items I own are a pair of Bvlgari shades and a watch from Emporio Armani.

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  • June 2, 2008

    Steph

    I’m a student, and come from a household where the charity shop is king, so the most I’ve ever spent is £70 on a vintage flapper dress from America (which I’ve not yet had the chance to wear – typical). I don’t count my fifth-year-ball gown because it came out of my dad’s wallet 😛

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  • June 2, 2008

    Danielle

    $400 on shoes, but I returned them the next day. (you need to put tape on the bottom to prevent scuffing and not walk around too much)

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  • June 2, 2008

    natasha

    well, i really like sales… as for the most expensive item… not counting my wedding dress, i’d say 300 euro for a pair of miss sixty platforms and 190 euro for a pair of jeans is the furthest i’ve gone.

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  • June 2, 2008

    amelia

    I don’t actually know. I used to spend a lot on clothes, but that was when I worked in the fashion industry, and you kind of had to. Now, I work for myself and impose no rules (I could wear my PJs to work if I wished! Hahahahaha!)so it’s bargains and charity shops for the forseeable future.

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  • June 2, 2008

    amelia

    I don’t actually know. I used to spend a lot on clothes, but that was when I worked in the fashion industry, and you kind of had to. Now, I work for myself and impose no rules (I could wear my PJs to work if I wished! Hahahahaha!)so it’s bargains and charity shops for the forseeable future.

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  • June 2, 2008

    sarah

    I’m not really sure.
    All that comes to mind is a pair of Vasque gortex hiking boots I paid about $150 for more than 10 years ago.
    I’m not really sure it should count, since they were more of a practical purchase than a fashion statement.
    I was doing a lot of backpacking in the mountains, and I was tired of my feet freezing when conditions were wet and cold.
    I still have them, tho I haven’t worn them in a couple years.
    I have to admit to being horribly cheap. Yesterday I went thrift store shopping and bought a lot of very silly things (a black mesh hoodie, a faux leopard jacket, cut like a jean jacket, some overly fancy belts) and was stressing about it AND THEY ONLY COST 50 CENTS EACH.
    I finally said, “what the hell” and bought them. My entire purchase came to about $35 for at least 11 items.
    Maybe it’s kind of dumb. With thrift shopping you can end up with a closet stuffed full of silly things you don’t actually end up wearing.
    But then again, I have some very cute things I wear often and get a lot of compliments on that I bought for practically nothing at a thrift store.
    Still, I wish I could say I’d bought that cute pair of shoes I tried on in the French Quarter in New Orleans back in 1990 for $425, or a Prada gown or something…

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  • June 3, 2008

    anna

    I’m the kind of person that looks for a bargain in anything, even when I was getting married. My wedding dress cost about about $250. It was a beautiful butter yellow silk chiffon, with a hankerchief hem and lavender and green embroidery. I think it was BCBG.
    By far the most I’ve ever spent. Do I get extra points for only wearing it once?

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  • June 3, 2008

    Theresa

    My wedding dress cost about $400… hand-made, custom designed. I doubt I would ever spend that amount on any clothing ever again… i love bargain hunting 🙂

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  • June 5, 2008

    Diana

    I think I paid like $140 for my skinny jeans last year.. I love to go shopping on MNG since that´s the only store we have with that style… there´s no more options, so I always get hypnotized by some items, and I have to admit that it´s one of the most expensive stores we have here. We don´t have too much options and we don´t have designer´s clothes either so, you know..

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  • June 7, 2008

    Kathleen

    I am from California and moved to New England a few years ago. My wardrobe was seriously lacking in coats (not that I needed them in Cali) and while I found several peacoats and other coats very easily, it took me a while to find this really nice but warm North Face parka for $200 (it retailed for $300 but I found it on sale). Even though it’s a parka, it still has some shape to it. I’ve already used it for three seasons and it’s still great!

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  • December 7, 2008

    JoAnna

    65 pounds… I like cheap clothes, i spend all my money on books

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  • August 27, 2009

    Lazagna

    I am typically a huge bargain hunter, my wedding dress was only 200$. The most I’ve ever spent was 350$ on a corset, which being more than the wedding dress is quite telling about THAT addiction.

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