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No Money, Designer Clothes? No Problem. – Christian Helms – Medium

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Ever thought “I was going to buy a new Toyota for $30,000, but I think I’ll buy a jacket instead.” No? Well, as someone who has thought things along these lines, let’s talk about it!

Show of hands, whose spent $1,000 or more on an article of clothing.

Okay, now whose spent $1,000 or more on a hoodie.

Chances are, most hands were up for the article of clothing but down for the hoodie. Why? because hoodies are typically cheap and the article of clothing could be a three-piece suit, a dress for prom or even wedding attire. I’ve bought suits for $1,000 before. I bought a two-piece for $950 and followed it with a $1,200 Versace sports coat! I’m content with the suit purchase; however, the jacket was stupid.

How much would you spend on a hoodie? $30? $100? $500? How about $8,500 for the Louis Vuitton x Supreme Logo Box Hoodie shown below?

I can’t think of a better use of $8,500! Do you see the craftsmanship on that thing?!

I’m joking, of course. If you’re rich, it’s not a problem to spend mad cash on clothing and shoes but if you’re not rich then it’s one of the worst moves you can make. When I was younger, not much younger than I am now (2 years), I used to buy the stupidest designer clothing even though I couldn’t actually afford it. I’d buy $850 shoes, $1,500 hoodies and windbreakers, $120 beanies and hats, and much more. I cannot express how incredibly stupid it was of me to do. Needless to say, I didn’t feel that way at the time but I figured it out shortly after.

My question is why do people who can’t afford these designer street clothes still buy them? I could walk through my college campus and walk past so many people who are wearing Yeezy’s, Louis Vuitton, Bape, and Versace.


When you’re a college kid, you’re usually not going to be in a position to be what is typically referred to as a “hypebeast”. Chances are if you’re a student at college you’re accruing debt to attend. When you graduate, it may be $30,000 if you’re attending a smaller university or if you’re attending a larger and more expensive university it could be up to $200,000.

So why spend $850 for a pair of shoes if you’re $30,000 in debt? Because they’re cool and you don’t have to pay back your student debt for a long time! right?

That is one way of looking at things, it’s not a good way of looking at things. It’s how I used to look at these things when I was younger. Why pay off debt when I can buy a pair of dope ass shoes? What a wonderful way to think!

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