Is This Forum on a Downward Spiral?
I’m starting to find a few posts on here a bit pretentious, and I feel it is causing the forum to drift from its roots. The think I liked about FashionBeans was that it wasn’t filled with over priced designer clothing. A lot of the items feature a broad range of items from high end to TopMan, but with a real focus on realistic ways to achieve a more fashionable or stylish look.
I’ve seen a number of posts now with people asking for advice on what to buy with x amount of money, only to be told to make purchases that are clearly ridiculous for the poster.
If I want advice on what two items to buy with £100, I don’t want to be told to just buy one item, or to find more money to buy something more expensive. Honestly, how realistic is it that if somebody generally spends around £50 max on an item, that they’ll all of a sudden be willing to double that at the drop of a hat.
The NZJames post is another example. If my parents wanted to spend £200 on me for Christmas, they would certainly be upset if I suggested them spending it all on one item, let alone telling them that I’d rather put it towards a £600 cardigan. I’m sure they’d see either as pretty ungrateful.
I’d actually love to know how much of your salary you are willing to spend on clothing.
I’m an IT contractor, but would be very reluctant to even spend a days money in a month on clothing on a regular basis. I’d never consider spending £500+ on knitwear, or £2000+ on a bespoke suit.
I had a conversation with a tailor from Gresham Blake recently, and even he said he would never recommend a bespoke suit over a made to measure suit (£750) for anybody, unless they really wanted one, or needed one (due to unusual proportions).
Even our resident staff member William Colman has suggested he wants a Bespoke Thom Sweeney 3 piece, but is finding rent, food and cider is getting in the way. Realistically, how likely is this purchase, even if £2000+ cash was to come your way? If £2000 landed on my lap, the last thing on my mind would be a bespoke suit.
Now I’m certainly not having a go at William as we all have dreams, and often unrealistic. My concern is when these dreams start influencing our opinions and suggestions to others. Personally I’d love to be able to justify spending £200 on knitwear every time I want a jumper or cardigan, but that isn’t going to stop me suggesting somebody buy from TopMan or Next if they’re budget suits better.
Personally I think this forum needs to be based on realistic advice, not fantasy.