Are women the only ones who really spend on clothing and accessories?
I am with someone who is really not into clothes.
He admittedly wears a limited amount of clothing in a limited amount of colours just like Barack Obama, because he doesn’t care about fashion and doesn’t want to waste his time thinking about it.
BARACK OBAMA ON CLOTHES:
At play, the president wears red-white-and-blue Under Armor high-tops, but at work it’s strictly blue or gray suits.
“I’m trying to pare down decisions. I don’t want to make decisions about what I’m eating or wearing. Because I have too many other decisions to make,” he tells Lewis.
“You need to focus your decision-making energy. You need to routinize yourself. You can’t be going through the day distracted by trivia.”
However, the ever stylish First Lady Michelle Obama retorts back:
“He’s always asking: ‘Is that new? I haven’t seen that before.’
It’s like, why don’t you mind your own business?
Solve world hunger.
Get out of my closet.”
BF is the same way, and I am SURE he is thinking that silently in his head: “Is that dress new? I haven’t seen that before.”
He owns 5 pairs of exactly the same kind of sock so he doesn’t have to hunt or match them, and wears the 5 of exactly same white button-up shirt to work each day, with the same suit, and one pair of shoes.
No variation, no colour.
No thought required.
He just doesn’t care.
Note: MTM means “Made to Measure“, or custom-made. 😉
He also admits to owning 12 watches (there’s something about men and their watches, my brother is the same way), and has a lot of shoes, although his wife has more shoes than he does.
(SO HE SAYS.)
I tried to shame him into outing himself as a style-fiend on his blog, but he refused as it wasn’t “in-line” with his blog content.
My closet shot of JUST my dresses.. Some of them on sale here for 2013.
Pshaw. Like that has ever stopped me.
Who has ever heard of a PF Blogger happily blogging about all the NON-ESSENTIAL stuff she buys each month? 😛
Since he won’t out himself, I’m doing it (with his permission) for him, and throwing the question out there:
Is it really only women who care about style and clothing?
You can’t tell me this is strictly a taught, gender-enforced stereotype in society, because even as a little girl I have ALWAYS loved clothes and shoes.
At the age of 5, I used to draw stick figures upon stick figures in dresses, and list out exactly what accessories they had to have with each outfit.
Of course, then I’d grab an old binder cover that looked like a keyboard (it was printed with an image of a keyboard), and I’d pretend to enter in all of the data from my designs into my huge (imaginary) computer system to catalogue everything.
…so that last bit with the fake computer wasn’t exactly gender-enforced-norms for most little girls my age, but it goes to show that no one forced those ideas onto me.
I naturally enjoyed watching and studying fashion.
Also, just look at metrosexuals and gay guys! They have some fierce style.
When did liking fashion or style become synonymous with being a spendthrift?
Couldn’t men AND women like style, but also have solid retirement savings, great personal finance behaviours and make smart money choices?
Couldn’t we also say that buying clothes off the rack and tailoring them to fit you perfectly, or having your clothes made-to-measure, be a sign of being the opposite of a spendthrift?
You’re buying quality for life.
You’re opting and re-soling great, expensive leather shoes is a lot smarter than buying cheap shoes every 2 years or so because they don’t last.
(I just brought in my heels to be re-done. For $40, I’ll have new, but broken-in heels all over again.)
Variety is the spice of life!
Clothes and dressing up (contrary to belief), actually does make me happier. It improves my mood, and extreme minimalism be damned!
LIKE LOVE wearing my stuff, and it makes a genuine difference in how I feel.
Maybe you think that 12 watches for a man is overkill, but it’s kind of the only accessory guys have to play with, other than cufflinks and ties.