Designer Label or Chain Store label

Goth Chick is chic - Goth chicks are chic in black
April 18, 2007 9:59am CST
I have just started clearing some of my old clothes, and I realised that almost all my clothes are chain store labels, I don't own a single designer label outfit. Some of my friends spend a vast amount of money on designer labels, something I simply can't be bothered with as they are usually overpriced anyway. I can't see the point in spending out a lot of money on designer labels, can you? Tell me, do you buy designer label clothes?
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• United States
19 Apr 07
I shop at the Salvation Army stores, you can get a whole wordrobe for about 25 bucks. So it is all used clothing, sometimes new stuff if you are lucky.No designer labels in my clothes,nope.
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19 Apr 07
LOL I shop at charity shops too, you can get some wonderful bargains there.
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• United States
20 Apr 07
Last time that I went I only spent 9 dollars and got 2pairs of pants and 3 shirts, still had change for lunch.Easy,simple stuff.
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• United States
19 Apr 07
My clothing is usually bought at a discount store or at a department store. I haven't the money to spend on designer clothing. Why would I want to even if I had the money. I would rather spend it on other things.
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20 Apr 07
Thanks hun, yes discount stores are much better value
• Canada
19 Apr 07
Honestly hun, the only designer label clothes I have are ones I got at a second hand store lol. I don't see the point of buying one pair of jeans for $80.00 when you can get 3 or 4 pairs for that much at Walmart. Also with having a 10 month old I'd rather buy cheap clothes and have that little bit of extra cash for my daughter.
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19 Apr 07
I saw a great looking dress while I was out in the city this morning, but the price tag was stupidly high. On my way home I stopped by one of the chain stores and saw almost an identical dress, the other difference was the expensive dress had a small frill on the hem. I could buy two of the chain store dresses for the same price as the expensive one. No prizes for guessing where I'm going to shop :-)
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• Ireland
19 Apr 07
As long as something looks good on my I will buy the cheapest. I don't believe in spending oodles of money on designer labels when I will probably just wear the clothes once of twice and besides I can't really afford them on my budget. When my daughter was getting married, I splashed out on a designer outfit and now after wearing it only once it is lying in the wardrobe.
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19 Apr 07
I guess that's one of the worst things with designer and expensive outfits. They might only get worn a couple of time as most, the rest of the time they gather dust in the wardrobe. It's a dreadful waste of money in the end isn't it.
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@draconess (651)
• Canada
19 Apr 07
I've never cared about designer labels on clothing. If it looks good on me and fits properly, why should I care what the tag says? Designer stuff is often a huge waste of money, the quality really doesn't increase proportionately with the price. If I do own anything designer in my closet it's because I got it on sale for like 80% off. For example, I have had a pair of designer jeans I got cheap on a clearance sale, and they didn't even last as long as my under $30 jeans from regular retail stores. The big names in fashion mean nothing to me, I just buy what I like and find affordable.
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19 Apr 07
I'm with you hun, the one and only item I own that could be called "designer" was a charity shop purchase, I was lucky to spot the skirt before anyone else and I bought it thinking that it would be good quality. It has long since gone, the quality of my chain store skirts seemed a lot better.
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@xquisite (156)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I have both designer labels and chain store labels as well, but it really depends on whether you really like it and want the item of clothing to last long. In some sense, for designer labels, you are paying for quality of tayloring and material. (of course, there are cases that arent that ideal;) I like to mix and match, because one stunning item can really make your outfit shine, like shoes, accessory, or something of that sort. It's nice once in a while...but hey, I shop at Target and H&M, too! Xquisite www.xquisite.us
18 Apr 07
Thanks for your comments hun
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@gabesmom (1246)
• United States
18 Apr 07
I usually buy designer clothes but never pay regular price for them. I get them from liquidation stores, outlet stores or clearance racks in department stores. I have bought some clothes from chain stores but I've noticed, in general, that they fade and change in shape after one washing. I think if you prefer those classic styles that can be worn year after year, then it would be better to spend a little more on the clothes. For seasonal styles, the chain store labels would be a better buy.
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18 Apr 07
Thanks for your comments hun, yes seasonal styles are definitely better from the chain stores
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• United States
18 Apr 07
I do have some designer outfits but I get them secondhand from thrift stores or Ebay so it's cheap! :) Personally, I don't care about the brand but rather how it looks on me.
18 Apr 07
LOL - I sometimes pick up bargains from eBay and the charity shops too.
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@natalie1981 (2000)
• Singapore
30 Apr 07
Is Nike a designer brand? I don't know, sometimes I just prefer clothes which has no labels or from the department store but lately I've been into Nike because I realized I liked the materials that they use on their shirts. It's been so hot these past few days and only my nike shirts are keeping me from sweating like a pig.
30 Apr 07
I guess you can call Nike a designer brand but the ones that really bug me are the horribly expensive creations. If Nike shirts keep you cool, hey you have to be practical :-)
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• Singapore
1 May 07
Yeah, I came across a few really expensive ones and I said, WTF? Is there any chance the materials they used are---gold? Most my my shirts are sale items I really like Nike but I won't blow all my salary on just one shirt so I try to shop when they're on sale and I have a discount card so it's really not that expensive.
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@feralwoman (2199)
• Australia
26 Apr 07
Nope, I think designer clothes are grossly overpriced - they don't call me feral for nothing you know! I love to shop for bargains in second hand shops and amazingly I did find a pair of DKNY posh cargo pants for around $6 (don't know what that is in pounds, cheap anyway!) That was my bargain of the century! LOL
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30 Apr 07
LOL I love hunting around charity shops and second hand places, it's the only way I will ever get designer clothes and the only designer gear I ever had was a top from LaCroix for a couple of pounds
@rhinoboy (2129)
24 Apr 07
In recent years I've become very thrifty. My wife loves nothing more than spending on clothes and handbags etc. but I hate nothing more than wasting money on labels. Don't get me wrong, I often pay a bit more for designer brand shirts, as I find the quality much higher, but I will only pay more for well-made items. I have to wear smart clothes for the office all week, so I usually buy more expensive items that will last a litle longer, but on the weekends I dress purely for practicality and comfort so I spend most of that time looking like a complete tramp!
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24 Apr 07
LOL - I can understand wearing the quality smart stuff, as a professional you need the look, however, you would fit so well with my partner and I and the *gang* we all look like complete tramps at the weekends. - LOL
• United States
23 Apr 07
I don't care about labels. I want decent quality at a cheap price.
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23 Apr 07
Too right, the designer gear is always way too expensive
• Singapore
22 Apr 07
Nope, I don't buy designer labels either. I don't see the point in paying so much for a clothing item that I can only wear several times before people start saying why I do I keep wearing the same thing. So my best bet is to buy those ordinary brands. They are comfortable too and at the right price. Besides, this means that I can buy more stuff with the same budget. Also, I can experiment more with different clothing items. Excellent! :)
22 Apr 07
Cool, thanks for your comments hun
@Woodpigeon (3710)
• Ireland
20 Apr 07
All my old work gear is fairly designer-y, but I don't fuss with that sort of thing anymore. My main goal is being comfortable and warm!
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20 Apr 07
LOL very true, you need to be comfortable
@MsTickle (24994)
• Australia
20 Apr 07
Not for me. They don't seem to make designer clothing in larger sizes anyway. The price of some clothing is just way over the top. I recently bought a lovely pair of purple crepe trousers that have a lovely fall to them and fit well, they were on sale for $5. I team it with a softer shade in a sweater I bought from a second hand shop, also $5. Depending on how I wear my hair and what jewellery I wear I can change the look a few ways from elegant to funky. The pants and the sweater both turned out to be drip dry as well, a huge bonus. For any Aussies reading, if you have a Millers store near you, check them out. Good quality fabric, well cut and well made. Their sales are fabulous!
20 Apr 07
Your bargain outfit sounds perfect hun. :-)
@brimia (6584)
• United States
30 Apr 07
I only have a few designer labels but I bought them all at discount or thrift stores. Some are better made than store labels but if it's something you'll only wear a couple of times, it isn't worth it.
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@romel_ece (1290)
• Philippines
24 Apr 07
I would rather spent my money on clothes with chain store label.I am more practical in buying some clothes that's why I would prefer buying clothes with chain store labels rather than designer label clothes.As long as it it nice to wear and we look good on wearing the clothes then I will buy that one.
@nanayangel (7862)
• Philippines
23 Apr 07
I don't have much designer label clothes. If I do, they are gifts from my relatives and friends. Or I have bought it on a discounted price. I never checked the brand first before when I am shopping. I just look for the design, the color, and the fabric when buying clothes. The brand really don't matter that much to me.