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How Much Do Fashion People Really Spend on Clothes?

In a new monthly feature, we ask real women how much they earn and how much it costs to live the stylish life

Kendra Thompson fashion math

Kendra Thompson, 26, communications specialist, Toronto (Photo: Jenna Marie Wakani)

Annual income $50,000+

The usual My rent is $940. My other major expense is my student loan—$360 a month. I’m hoping to have it paid off in 10 years.

Splurge I like to cook, and it’s fun to go overboard at Whole Foods once in a while. I also have an addiction to coconut water. It’s so expensive, but I love it. I have four or five $3 cans a week.

Spending style I try to buy things that will last, but I’m not at a place where I can spend $1,000 on something. Thrift shopping gives me a huge thrill; picking through things for hours is very therapeutic. I recently spent about $200 redecorating my bathroom and saved money by painting the walls and tiles myself. I also made cushions for my couch using some vintage fabric. Even though I rent, it’s important to have a space I love coming home to.

Fashion faves I purchased a pair of Cole Haan woven oxfords ($100) last fall, and I hope to buy another Cambie blanket, which combines my love for fashion and decorating—it doubles as a gigantic scarf [see both in above photo]. Another favourite piece: a white floral-patterned Acne sweater ($250) in a kind of fleecy material.

Souvenir shopping Last year, I spent about $3,000 on a trip to Copenhagen, Prague, Berlin and Vienna. I hit the thrift shops in Berlin and went to the Acne outlet store in Copenhagen, where I got a cool denim button-up for $150.

Dating diary I spend anywhere from $15 to $40 on drinks or dinner. I don’t expect a guy to pay for everything.

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