You don’t need money to look good, especially today.
JAY Z indirectly said it when he said, ‘You can pay for school but you can’t buy class’.
The direct application to style would be ‘You can pay for brands but you can’t buy taste.’
Theoretically, you see the person who’s wearing designer brands head to toe – and that should work, right? Like, if you spend a couple G’s on an outfit, and if money theoretically buys better quality, then mathematically speaking, that should equate to a better outfit, right?
But we all know that it doesn’t work like that.
See, taste is something that precedes the physical manifestation of an outfit. It can’t be bought, only honed and refined. Sophistication is in the eye of the beholder.
Take someone with shit taste, lots of money and a lot to prove. That usually equals a bastardised, garish outfit. The clearest example today is that of the hypebeast.
A kid will use his parent’s credit card and spend thousands on designer, over the top clothes to impress people who don’t really give a fuck about him. Meanwhile, he won’t even spend £10 on a book to develop himself. That is backward.
A cutting point here, and a sweeping generalisation, I know, but you get the broad point.
However, the truth is, if you got a certain taste, you can look good with very little. You just gotta be a little creative.
Personally, I believe simplicity is king. The more simple something is, often times the more beautiful it is. The more subtle something is, the more room there is for imagination. The more character there can be. The more of a statement it can have.
I think it matters less on the brand or label, and more on the palettes, the fit of the clothes on the body, and the material.
If you look at these pictures below, you’ll notice that the colours are simple and they blend. The fit of the clothes is pretty clean on each person, which makes a real difference.
And Yeezy does wear expensive clothes, no denying. But you can pretty much buy the exact same kind of clothes from ASOS, Zara or H&M for a fraction of the price.
To go a step further you can get a shirt/t-shirt tailored to fit your body well for very cheap.
And the feeling of confidence it can give you is amazing.
Professor Jordan Peterson, whom I find myself quoting a lot, talks in this quick video below about the importance of dressing well. About dressing like the person you want to be, which I find really interesting and valuable.
So yeah, the summary of this article is.
- Don’t spend all your money on buying expensive clothes to impress people. Spend it on more important things like education or business or on your art.
- Just because something is more expensive, does not mean it is more sophisticated.
- Focus on the palettes, the fit of the clothes on the body, and the material.