Designer fashion creates confusion

Fashion designer clothes seemingly bring almost zero benefits to the table in this deep look into why you maybe shouldn’t buy designer fashion.

Daniel deBoer, Feature Editor

Cargo shorts and a pocket t-shirt. A simple outfit that is functional and comfortable even in cold weather if you can tolerate it. So why would people spend hundreds of dollars on a simple piece of clothing? That’s something that just doesn’t make sense.

Now, obviously having nice clothes for family gatherings or special occasions makes sense, but why do people spend so much of their hard earned money on expensive clothing for their day today wardrobe?

The only reason that could justify purchasing such clothing would be the quality of the material used. But what portion of the money you’re paying for these clothes goes towards the cost of the material? If a shirt costs $400, how much of that money is going towards the name brand compared to the actual cost of the production and material of the product? It seems absurd to make something cost so much, only to find out that the majority of what you’re paying is going towards the ability to wear the logo.

However, there are several arguments, including the one above, that go against the logistics of buying designer fashion.

Reason number one being price. Take a quick look at a site like Off-White. The mens’ section is littered with articles of clothing with a minimum price of $200 or more. Who would actually pay this much for a simple t-shirt? With the same amount of money these shirts cost,  One would be able to purchase a brand new Xbox Series X or Playstation 5, and still have money left for one or two games. Better yet that could be used to do something like a couple rounds of go-karting, a day at Dave & Busters, among a variety of other things.

Gucci proves to be even worse, their cheapest mens’ product, which is a poorly designed t-shirt, costs almost $500. Even something as simple as a button up polo shirt costs $650. These prices are simply ridiculous. It’s insane how people are willing to pay so much for simple clothing, let alone how people are able to fund purchasing these clothes.

Cargo shorts and a pocket t-shirt. an outfit so simple yet comfortable and functional for an exceptionally low cost. Photo by: Daniel deBoer

Additionally, a lot of these clothes simply don’t look appealing. Most fashion designer clothes are just extremely outlandish and over-the-top, especially when looking at brands such as Gucci or Supreme.

At the end of the day, there are potentially better alternatives to spend your hard earned money on than fashion. What you wear on a given day shouldnt determine how much you are valued by your peers. While at the end of the day you’re allowed to spend money on what makes you happy, make sure that you’re not wasting every single dollar you have on fashion. Be responsible, start a savings account, start a Roth IRA, donate money to charity monthly if you can afford it. Opportunities like these are likely more fulfilling than fashion but are also guaranteed to set you up for a better future.