>tfw I hate vapid consumerism
>tfw I have a deep appreciation for person aesthetics
>struggling to find a balance between these two on /fa/
It hurts me. If I buy cheap shoes, I'm going to feel like an idiot for buying shoes that are therefore ugly. If I drop all my money on a high fashion piece, I'll feel extremely wasteful.
How do I handle this?
secondhand shopping (grailed rak cosignment stores etc are ur friends)
get a good tailor
mingle with fashion ppl, up and coming young designers and support the local scene
dont be afraid to support a designer and buy that piece u love for retail every so often
the world is going to shit so u might as well look fucking good and not give a shit
I have the same problem, OP.
Though, that said, I think that if the clothes are high quality enough and satisfy personal tastes, it isn't really consumerism, because theoretically you're buying something of quality that you feel is objectively superior to a cheaper good, rather than buying it because it's trendy or because it's a designer-brand up-priced prestige item.
I find it difficult to differentiate between clothing that is actually higher quality and deserves the higher price and shit that is expensive because it's made by a prestigous brand, beyond just "feeling" the clothing.
Then just make a giant list of the shit you want complete with pictures and prices. When you've got enough cash to spend consult the list and buy the thing that you want most regardless of what it is
I'm poor as fuck right now so I just deal by sifting through grailed for pieces that interest me while slowly buying more expensive pieces
Don't be a vapid consumer then, Buy a nice pair of black and brown shoes, a pair of trainers; Get the basics, plain shirts, jumpers long sleeved tops, jeans, trousers and only buy something if you like it for the price.
There's a nice €2000 watch I like and I could save for it and get it but I could get a nice watch for less and have money for other shit.
If your unsure don't buy it, I saw a nice jumper for £20 but was unsure so I took a little walk still thought it was a good deal and bought it.
You sound like you're young, You'll probably figure it out once you get older.
>buy cheap shoes (or any h+m tier fast-fashion)
>produced in malaysia by a bunch of malnourished ten year olds for 20 cents/hour
>most of the money you spend goes to some fat jews at the top of the pyramid
>shoes fall apart in 6 months so you have to buy another pair; cycle begins again
>buy more shit you don't need b/c "hurr durr it's only ten bucks anyway"
>buy high end/designer
>produced domestically or in a western country by skilled workers making good wages
>most of your money goes to the designer and the people producing the garment (plus some jews at the top but hey it's unavoidable)
>buy less, lasts longer, more conscious buying decisions because it costs a lot
which of these options sounds more like "vapid consumerism" to you
This. Your consumerism is only vapid if you're buying a piece just because of hype or because you're trend hopping. A well designed and crafted piece will usually last longer and look better than something cheap, so don't feel bad about investing in it.