The NYT Lets Guys Cry About High Priced Khakis


Look, we’re happy to admit that we love ourselves a great white tee. In fact, the entire Styelite team will go to extreme measures — financial measures, that is — to procure the perfect, soft, white shirt. And honestly? We don’t feel even the slightest bit guilty about it. But sometimes even we scratch our heads and think, “Why on earth is this [insert name of basic item of clothing] so much effing money?”

Take these shorts, for example, that we spotted on ShopBop yesterday. $348 seems like an awful lot for less than half a pair of pants. But, truth be told, a lot of the time we just suck it up, knowing that it’s ridiculous to think that a pair of $150 jeans are a good deal, but finding few desirable alternatives.

Today, the New York Times’ Eric Wilson reports on a trend that has been popping up all over men’s departments: overpriced khakis. Well you know what I think? Cry me a river, guys. Girls have been paying upwards of $200 on jeans for years. Deal with it or find a look for less.

“The cost of creating those things has nothing to do with the price,” said David A. Aaker, the vice chairman of Prophet, a brand consulting firm. “It is all about who else is wearing them, who designed them and who is selling them.”

Things aren’t priced based on how much it costs to manufacture them? Stop it. You’re lying.

Wilson then goes on to discuss the other side of the debate: The one where designers claim it’s the quality that matters and that’s why their items are so expensive. Scott Sternberg of Band Of Outsiders refers to his brand’s khakis as “a steal,” priced at $550. Because the brand produces such a small amount of inventory, the prices must be high.

The article cites a pair of Michael Bastian khakis priced at $480; a pair of cotton pants from The Row for $495; and another pair of similar cotton Giorgio Armani pants costing $595. A pair of $500 Gucci pants were so popular that they sold out at Jeffrey’s New York location. Well, so did this women’s Balmain leather jacket. Oh, and it’s almost $14,000. We’re just saying…

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