Do teens still think they ‘need’ designer clothing? Amy Dacyzyn touches upon this subject on page 93 of her book The Complete Tightwad Gazette. She says:
“Give your child a clothing budget…Save designer labels…form a parent group against…”
Here are my thoughts:
- I have a teenager and a 20-year-old. We have always been ‘poor’ and most of their clothes have been hand-me-downs.
- When I have purchased clothes for them out of need, I have started with thrift shops, yard sales and other second-hand venues.
- When necessary, I have purchased something new at a store, many times on clearance, and rarely at full price.
- My 17-year-old tells me that brand is not important. But, she says, Converse and Dickies are the best quality and last longer. However, she does not purchase them brand new because of the expense. Looks are more important than labels.
- My 20-year-old will wear anything as long as it looks good.
- Both girls, now that they shop for themselves, yard sale and frequent thrift shops. They are very picky about what they purchase new, if anything at all.
- They do not read the label to determine if they like something and will purchase it.