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How much do Desis working in the usa spend on clothes? No matter how much my salary increases, I cannot get myself to spend over $20 on a piece of clothing. I’m stuck with a ton of clothes from BR, old navy, jcrew, Ann Taylor. I’m starting to think that now, they look cheap. Trying to understand what others do.

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Dress shirts: Charles Tyrwhitt, brook brothers. You get decent shirts between $35-$65 per shirt depends on when you buy, and how many you buy. Dress Pants, Suits: I buy them in India, tailor made. I spend like INR 8k-10K per suit but far better than buying them here. Casual shirts: Normal Brand, LL Bean, Lu lu lemon, Bonobos, Nike, UA, Adidas Dress Shoes: Only Allen Edmonds. Once buy them you don’t want to buy too many other brands. Op: Spend on yourself. It does not matter whether $20 cloth or $200. If you look confident and stylish, then go for it. But if you don’t, then make it a priority.

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Think of quality over quantity. It truly makes a difference when you spend money on clothing that takes certain craft and artisan ship. My husband has few pieces but really great selections of things he gets compliments on and understands his fit. For example, instead of buying some dress shoes from Clark’s or Cole Hans that are actually cheap in how they are made, invest in some great quality Goodyear welted shoes that will actually last you longer because they can be sent to a cobbler to be resoled. Follow some YouTube for men’s fashion (hespokestyle, gentlemen’s gazette) these are some two that come to mind. Good luck!

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@Pwc3 if you can’t figure out which GS I went to then not worth clarifying.

Thrifting is an awesome and sustainable way to find high quality pieces for cheap. If you are willing to put in some work🤷🏽‍♂️

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Goodwill and local thrift shops usually don’t have only presence, gotta go in and dig through the garbage to find the quality

OP if you are a guy i feel sorry for the woman you marry. Have met plenty of such stingy men( friends husbands) who will pinch pennies for clothes, food and still keep converting rupees to dollars. Just know that even Indians in india don’t wear 1000 rs shirts. Times have changed, investing in your appearance and grooming is important

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Regardless of OP being a F/M and not attacking OP.. but D2 has a point. People in India are buying 1500+ shirts. They do gasp if I think 2000 rupees is a lot.

I’m probably the odd one out, but I spend a fair amount on designer clothing, shoes and accessories. Straight Male here, FWIW. Brands like Hugo Boss (not super fancy I know), Kenzo, Moncler, Burberry, Gucci, Allen Edmonds (also not super fancy but they make excellent footwear) For work clothes, I stick to mid tier brands - Banana Republic is great.

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^ same financial ball park as M1 I am married with 3 young kids Nordstrom Rack makes it happen! It’s my go to for work clothes.

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You can still look good in T shirts you get from Walmart 😌

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OP - You buy business attire from BR for $20 a piece? I have never bought a business casual pant or shirt for less than $80 and $40 respectively. I buy a lot of monogram suits from BR and they are about $500-$600 including discounts.

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P1: Fair enough and that’s awesome!

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I do most of my shopping at Banana Republic. They fit me well and are pretty good quality as well. Can’t complain. I see no need to but a $300 shirt from Nordstorm when a $60 shirt from BR looks just as good and fits me better. I tried some Brooks Brothers shirts, they don’t fit me well either.

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Same here. BR slim fitting is perfect for me, whether it’s shirts, pants or suits.

Op, can’t even get a decent meal for 2 people at $20. Go pamper yourself. Your clothes stay with you for years.

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I just go to Men’s wearhouse or JSA Bank to get all my work clothes. Good quality at reasonable price. Casual, I don’t care about price as long as I like the design and quality.

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Hugo Boss for suits, Hermes for Belts and Salvatore Ferragamo for belts/ties are my go to places

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My work dresses are pretty much all from Nordstrom. Prob a few from banana republic (and the others you have mentioned) Shoes & bags - again, Nordstrom but I try very hard to not buy 'made in China' stuff. I'll either buy one made in this country or for shoes/leather - made in Italy This was all*when we used to go into work*. Sigh. But, as someone said above, these dresses have been with me for over 5 yrs. As long as I'm not getting fat, I can continue wearing them. Same with the good quality shoes!

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For what it’s worth, I know partners that buy stuff from Costco.

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I buy my protein, toilet paper and paper towels from Costco. Have also bought a few sweat shirts.

Try the outlet versions such as factory. They are cheaper.

It’s the desi mentality M <30 with 400k net worth and can’t convince myself to spend $100 on Patagonia vest

What you spend $20 on a piece of cloth? Whenever I go home, I buy fabric and get it stiched for like $10-15 a piece and hello Americans that's a custom made pure cotton fancy $500 cloth for you 😂

Interesting topic and lots of good feedback . I have exact same problem and trying to change myself

Well there is no limit to spend. Honestly it’s more dependent on ones taste. I do mix shopping of big and average brands and wear based on where I am going. Even for pricey brands I wait for the right time to buy. Have a decent mix of clothes in wardrobe without breaking bank. High goes to $1000 suit for me and max $60 on shirts or pants. Shoes no more than $200.

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