Writing for Get Rich Slowly provides me with some interesting opportunities. I get a lot of interview requests. Some are better suited for me than others. Here’s one I received yesterday:
I’m a writer and editor at DETAILS and I’m looking for some financial advice
for our Style section. Basically, we’d love to hear your advice on how much
guys should spend on their wardrobe (x% of their salary) based on their
income (under $100K per year, $100K-$200K per year, $300K, etc.). Our
reader is probably used to splurging on a designer item here and there and
we’d like to hear your advice on budgeting for his closet for 2009.
And here is my reply:
I’m flattered that you would come to me for advice on this. Unfortunately, I am probably the last person in the world qualified to speak on this subject — not because I don’t know how to budget, but because my wardrobe consists of “Costco and thrift stores”. While I’d be pleased to have conversation with you about budgeting, and even about shopping for clothes, my approach is probably not anything like that of your readers. I am not a man of fashion.
My approach to budgeting for clothes? If I find a shirt I like at Costco, I buy it in all five color variations. Once a year, I rummage through the thrift stores for sweaters and pants.
If I’m really feeling daring, I buy something from Filson.
Aren’t I dashing?