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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #30 on: May 16, 2018, 10:40:40 AM »
Alfred worked for the Wayne family for generations.  He is the ultimate status symbol.  A white butler that has worked for generations in 1 family and 100% loyal.  If these new rich families want to show off, they need to build an Alfred.  Once a few decades have passed, they may have one.

until alfred becomes self aware and murders his family that is obsessed with expensive cars and designer handbags.

have you ever seen anything so full of splendor?

He wont become self aware until 2:14 AM August 29th so we have some time.

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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #31 on: May 16, 2018, 10:50:38 AM »
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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #32 on: May 16, 2018, 10:50:59 AM »
There was a thread either on TI or IHB long ago where IHS talked about the different status symbols... purses, shoes, watches, and even credit cards.

I think for most everyone here on TI... clothes and cars are somewhat a status symbol.

Many posters talk about their rides (ahem BTB) and I don't think any of you shop at thrift stores for your daily wardrobe.

Dress for success? There’s nothing wrong looking good. It will never hurt you. Look like a professional.



I rest my case.

Do $100 jeans make you more successful than $15 ones? Or something you're more interested in, do $200 Nikes function that much different from $25 C9 shoes from Target?
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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #33 on: May 16, 2018, 10:51:59 AM »
have you ever seen anything so full of splendor?

Dolores > Alexa
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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #34 on: May 16, 2018, 11:00:53 AM »
There was a thread either on TI or IHB long ago where IHS talked about the different status symbols... purses, shoes, watches, and even credit cards.

I think for most everyone here on TI... clothes and cars are somewhat a status symbol.

Many posters talk about their rides (ahem BTB) and I don't think any of you shop at thrift stores for your daily wardrobe.

Dress for success? There’s nothing wrong looking good. It will never hurt you. Look like a professional.



I rest my case.

Do $100 jeans make you more successful than $15 ones? Or something you're more interested in, do $200 Nikes function that much different from $25 C9 shoes from Target?

In my opinion you didn’t rest nothing.
Appearance and job performance is key in career growth. (young people remember that)

If you own your business working from home. It doesn’t really matter.

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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #35 on: May 16, 2018, 11:09:45 AM »
Next topic, which Irvine neighborhood yields the most 'status'? Rank from highest to lowest.  ;D
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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #36 on: May 16, 2018, 11:25:02 AM »
Next topic, which Irvine neighborhood yields the most 'status'? Rank from highest to lowest.  ;D

Shady Canyon by a mile
Hidden Canyon
Vistas at the Groves in OH
Everything else doesn't look like anything to me

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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #37 on: May 16, 2018, 11:33:38 AM »
There was a thread either on TI or IHB long ago where IHS talked about the different status symbols... purses, shoes, watches, and even credit cards.

I think for most everyone here on TI... clothes and cars are somewhat a status symbol.

Many posters talk about their rides (ahem BTB) and I don't think any of you shop at thrift stores for your daily wardrobe.

Dress for success? There’s nothing wrong looking good. It will never hurt you. Look like a professional.



I rest my case.

Do $100 jeans make you more successful than $15 ones? Or something you're more interested in, do $200 Nikes function that much different from $25 C9 shoes from Target?

In my opinion you didn’t rest nothing.
Appearance and job performance is key in career growth. (young people remember that)

But does spending more money on your clothes make you look "more" professional? And does looking professional actually mean you work harder or are smarter than the next person?

I'm not saying be a slob, but "young people" should focus more on working hard than looking good. Unless you are in sales or modeling or acting...

Do you buy expensive brand names because they look good... or because you think others will think highly of you?
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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #38 on: May 16, 2018, 11:46:01 AM »
I think for most everyone here on TI... clothes and cars are somewhat a status symbol.

Many posters talk about their rides (ahem BTB) and I don't think any of you shop at thrift stores for your daily wardrobe.

Well, not me.  My car is a 16 year old beater.  It's so ugly my wife is embarrassed that I drive it, but those Toyotas don't like to die even with 200k+ miles on them.  For me, it really is just a means of getting from point a to point b, that gets good mileage, and has enough power for passing slow af Asians and Mexicans on my way to work.

I also look at it as a way of staying humble, when everybody else in our income bracket seems to think driving a Bimmer makes them special.  Also, it's a way of teaching my kids about being frugal, not spending money impulsively, and doing without.  I'm a big believer in the concept of "stealth wealth".

As for clothes, my workplace is casual so I choose to wear collared polo-style shirts most days.  It's not really status driven, just maintaining the minimum standard.  When not at work, I dress in the typical beach bum style that is popular among whites in Orange County.

In high school, shopping at the thrift store was the status symbol.  It showed that you were a hipster and conformed to the grunge style.  I probably would still shop at the thrift store, but it's so hit and miss.  Finding something that looks good that also is in my size (6' 4") is too time consuming.  I hate spending more time than I need to shopping.

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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #39 on: May 16, 2018, 11:53:42 AM »

Do you buy expensive brand names because they look good... or because you think others will think highly of you?

I buy more expensive clothes because they fit better.  And last longer.  Investing in (a few) good pieces is better than buying a bunch of crap "on sale" because it's "so cheap".  It also eliminates the need for $$$/useless things like master bedroom closet systems.

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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #40 on: May 16, 2018, 11:54:36 AM »
There was a thread either on TI or IHB long ago where IHS talked about the different status symbols... purses, shoes, watches, and even credit cards.

I think for most everyone here on TI... clothes and cars are somewhat a status symbol.

Many posters talk about their rides (ahem BTB) and I don't think any of you shop at thrift stores for your daily wardrobe.

Dress for success? There’s nothing wrong looking good. It will never hurt you. Look like a professional.



I rest my case.

Do $100 jeans make you more successful than $15 ones? Or something you're more interested in, do $200 Nikes function that much different from $25 C9 shoes from Target?

In my opinion you didn’t rest nothing.
Appearance and job performance is key in career growth. (young people remember that)

It think this is good advice, although you don't need to spend much to look good.  Just put in the effort and realize it can only help your odds of advancing. 

Just like other soft skills, such as communicating clearly and being punctual/dependable.  It adds to the brand that you as an employee are building.

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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #41 on: May 16, 2018, 11:55:38 AM »

In high school, shopping at the thrift store was the status symbol.  It showed that you were a hipster and conformed to the grunge style.  I probably would still shop at the thrift store, but it's so hit and miss.  Finding something that looks good that also is in my size (6' 4") is too time consuming.  I hate spending more time than I need to shopping.

Thrifting is still a thing.  Just not here in bland/beige Irvine where conformity in logos is the key to "success".

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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #42 on: May 16, 2018, 11:59:40 AM »

In high school, shopping at the thrift store was the status symbol.  It showed that you were a hipster and conformed to the grunge style.  I probably would still shop at the thrift store, but it's so hit and miss.  Finding something that looks good that also is in my size (6' 4") is too time consuming.  I hate spending more time than I need to shopping.

Thrifting is still a thing.  Just not here in bland/beige Irvine where conformity in logos is the key to "success".

Vintage clothing or vintage stuff are bought in thrift stores or garage sales. It’s well known people can make a profit on that.

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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #43 on: May 16, 2018, 12:11:14 PM »
I too drive a 13 year old Jeep Grand Cherokee.  It will become my sons first car soon.  Could I afford a more flashy new Tesla or Porche?...sure, but all I see is a bunch of techno gadgets that are neat at first but will soon break and cause significant financial pain.  My next car, (to my wife's horror), will be a 1985 Ford Bronco or Chevy Blazer.  Simple, easy to work on and fix, fun to drive in the summer with the hard top off and a small bikini top, and cheap to maintain. I could care less a about mileage as I work 3 miles from my office.

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Re: Where Does Your Status in Life in Come From?
« Reply #44 on: May 16, 2018, 12:30:32 PM »
I think for most everyone here on TI... clothes and cars are somewhat a status symbol.

Many posters talk about their rides (ahem BTB) and I don't think any of you shop at thrift stores for your daily wardrobe.

Well, not me.  My car is a 16 year old beater.  It's so ugly my wife is embarrassed that I drive it, but those Toyotas don't like to die even with 200k+ miles on them.  For me, it really is just a means of getting from point a to point b, that gets good mileage, and has enough power for passing slow af Asians and Mexicans on my way to work.

I also look at it as a way of staying humble, when everybody else in our income bracket seems to think driving a Bimmer makes them special.  Also, it's a way of teaching my kids about being frugal, not spending money impulsively, and doing without.  I'm a big believer in the concept of "stealth wealth".

As for clothes, my workplace is casual so I choose to wear collared polo-style shirts most days.  It's not really status driven, just maintaining the minimum standard.  When not at work, I dress in the typical beach bum style that is popular among whites in Orange County.

In high school, shopping at the thrift store was the status symbol.  It showed that you were a hipster and conformed to the grunge style.  I probably would still shop at the thrift store, but it's so hit and miss.  Finding something that looks good that also is in my size (6' 4") is too time consuming.  I hate spending more time than I need to shopping.

i think in this sense your example represents the individual that is in a stable life position (wife, stable family, long-term job) and they do not need to promote status or impress anyone.  they don't have as much to gain from status symbols as others. 

now, take a 20- or 30-something that is single, still looking to climb the career ladder, and is looking to build a better life.  this person, while it may not be the best financial decision, buys designer clothes to look good, leases a luxury car, and spends money on expensive accessories.  this person is trying to impress people to attain everything that you may already have. 

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