Do you buy designer clothes?

Do you buy designer clothes?

Designer clothes have become a lot more readily available over the past few years. Sites like Vestiaire Collective and Buy My Wardrobe are resale sites for second hand designer cast offs. Even TK Maxx has got in on this burgeoning market by selling designer clothes in their Gold Label sections.¬†However, not all designer clothing is a hit: you only have to look at the tat on eBay to see even designer designers can have a bad collection. Buying a designer label doesn’t make you stylish. It doesn’t even mean you have money – fake handbags bought from abroad do a roaring trade. Yet we still live in the age of conspicuous consumption – I had the FCUK t-shirt splayed across my bust in the late 90’s (I didn’t even like the t-shirt – I got foundation on the neckline and had to buy it to hide my shame…) – and a subtle logo can go a long way. This year I met a wonderful client who had been promoted at work in the finance sector – a wonderful and well deserved experience yet her promotion was riddled with doubt over what to wear. The client had a bad habit of stress shopping on her lunch hour and as bargain basement shops were the ones nearest her work, she furnished her wardrobe with cheap 1 hit wonders which didn’t reflect her pay grade or job title. I’ve worked with a lot of accountants, financial advisors and Finance Directors over the years and the most important thing I say to them is “you have to look like wealth, you have to...