Recently I visited various locations within SL … welcome areas / stage shows / general meeting areas and there I interviewed various people in relation to their fashion... the following provides the results of this insightful survey.
Over half the people surveyed mentioned they had purchased their outfits from Freebie clothes outlets, while the remainder paid between $200 - $2000 lindens for their outfits and only the very die hard enthusiasts of their groups would spend upwards of $10,000 Lindens for their very personalized outfits as pictured below.
While there are a multitude of avatar outfits / styles / colors and creeds the census seems to be for human / earthling creations with 20% devoted to furies 20% alien or manga animations and 10% remainder for all sorts of non-human form of unusual critters and creations.
During my interviews and travels I had found some very nice locations to obtain FREE quality and some paid clothes.
Here is a brief list of the areas I visited
Free clothes @ Freebie Galaxy
Franks place - Jazz club
Titanic – Simply Elegant Fashion
Moulin Rouge Fashion Stores
Some avatars had received suits and garments as part of a gift to attend various weddings, while others received their outfits for free as they had known the creators of them. For the remainder working population of SL or those that simply use their own credit cards for payments – they support the in world high end fashion of SL by purchasing suites / dresses / uniforms / club outfits and other forms of fashion.
If you use SL Market place or browse the in world search facility – if you look – you will always find people willing to provide free clothes or will always be able to find what you are looking for during your time within SL .