image of punk-rockness, wealth, and cultural awareness are essentially reproducing the expected behaviours associated with status anxiety. Clothes are overpriced if the measure is quality; all value is ascribed through social conventions.
Person 2: Of course.
Person 1: Well, damn, you must be a modern, successful capitalist, cat!
Person 1 (internally): *Sigh* I wish, If only I were. Instead I try to mask my economic commonality by in-debting myself with outrageous purchases relative to my income.