posted on May, 9 2016 @ 06:22 AM
There is the argument of beauty as relative- which I am fond of. I can be extremely cheap when it comes to clothes. (I buy almost all mine at the
nearest grocery store).
But a few other points-
When you are poor, esthetics are less important.
That's part of my thing.... I grew up poor, I developed certain habits in thinking, which was that only superficial people are concerned with
appearences. What was important is that you have some food each evening, some clothes that keep you warm, and shelter. These were not guaranteed each
day, so they were more important.
But even as my situation became more secure over the years, I retained a negative attitude towards being superficial. It became a repulsion to things
others might perceive as esthetically pleasing! If anyone gave me a compliment on anything I had, I would become terribly ashamed, being sure they
must now think I am one of those superficial brats who I secretly condemned as a child. Telling me I had a pretty dress was almost the same as telling
me I was a narcissistic selfish idiot!
The result is that between two items of the same price, if one was more beautiful, I would not choose it.
As I fought to stop doing this (as I am just lucid enough to see how insane that is), I have only gone as far as to choose items of good quality, but
still things that remain rather classic or subdued. I will not buy anything that attracts attention.
Anyway, I bring that up as one possible effect that could come into play for other people- there could be other people who have less money, and
because of this coping-strategy-gone-haywire, actually will buy more often the uglier items!
But also, much simpler explanation-
Stylists cost money. Good quality material and workmanship costs money. It is sort of logical that better quality might often cost more than poor
quality, and that ones esthetic sense can pick up on factors of quality.....