I think it's so simple in Second Life or any virtual world to get a bit caught up in building a fashion wardrobe, a style of your own. Perhaps to buy all kinds of clothes and shoes you could never buy in RL. In my real life I'm not much a fashion and shoes girl to be honest. I grew up with a modest life finances wise therefore I learned to appreciate what I have for what it is. That's not to say I don't go gaga for some awesome clothes, boots or high heels in my RL. I too can go bananas for fashion.
Second Life being user friendly for creation and creations being user based leaves our world wide open for a ton of fashion from diva to down home country girl/boy and everything in between. But does this mean that said fashion needs to cost you a small fortune? Of course not. There are plenty of SL designers who offer quality clothes and shoes at fair prices easy on our linden wallets. EC Enelya's Creations by Teslinne Quann is one of my absolute faves. Very high quality looks for between 99 and 100 Linden. With some designs also in the 101-500 L range. EC Enelya's Creations can be found here on Marketplace: https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/35849. And here in world http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Sant%20Sebastian/130/141/702.
Another designer with lots of style for low Linden is ADN designs by Adabetha Nayl with many lovely looks, most of which are full outfits ranging in price from 1 L upwards to 250. All designs look just as awesome in world on your av as they do on marketplace. To find ADN on market, look here https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/58702 and for the in world store, go here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Centre%20Commercial/90/131/16.
For those who do crave well done clothing at more of a mid price scale but nonetheless worth it, there would be Graves Quality Fetish & Cyberpunk by Jackie Graves. On marketplace Graves price range goes from around 150 L to about 999 L. I truly have no complaints with the two outfits I have of Graves...love how they fit and love how I feel in them. So there is definitely something to be said for higher priced clothing as well. To find Graves on market look here https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/20249. For her in world store go here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Oxymoron/56/103/31.
Beautiful Sin by Pebbles Rockin has some very lovely silks and other clothing. With prices that range from lower end such as 149 L and upwards around 897 L on market I would feel right in saying there may be something there for just about any av when it comes to cost. The designs are definitely unique and decently done. To find the store on market look here https://marketplace.secondlife.com/stores/13372. In world I found that prices may vary but fatpacks come up in the range of anywhere from 5K in linden all the way to 8k plus in linden. For in world shopping go here http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Beautiful%20Sin/142/99/1002.
It's this reporter's opinion that rather you have the budget to buy everything in the highest of fashion or you limit yourself to the finest of low cost, promos and freebies, that you truly can look great for low cost. While I will not knock spending thousands to look good, I simply feel that you can achieve even a high quality look without spending so much. And as the old saying goes "beauty is in the eye of the beholder." Shouldn't that hold true for fashion as well? If you love your style and you're rockin that freebie, I say go for it and don't change a thing.