Fashion: the emperor's new clothes?
clothes to you
Is it crazy to buy a pair of shoes that cost nearly as much as your rent? What about a jar of moisturizer for $250? I hate that saying about "cost-per-wear" and justifying a costly fashion item because you'll wear it again and again, so really it's a steal. Same goes for the salesperson at Neiman's who tells me "You'll only use a teeny-tiny bit of this age-defying serum, so this is actually cheaper than your store-bought brand!" while pushing 6 other products that are completely wrong for my skin.
Nope, I rationalize those seemingly insane fashion purchases by knowing that they make me feel good. I could buy a knock-off, shoes with a bright red sole that someone might think are Christian Louboutains but I'd know they're not. Don't get me wrong--every grrrl loves a good bargain, and it feels even better sometimes to get the well-made fake Chanel wallet for 5 bucks, and feel like you're fooling everyone.
But every once in a while you need the real thing. An occasional splurge isn't going to kill you. Put that Amex card down. I said occasional.
You'll wear those shoes and you'll think you're all that and a bag of chips. And you are. Who cares if you're wearing a shirt or some other item of clothing that was marked down to $4.99? It's the shoes that you're paying attention to. And so are all the other girls around you, they just happen to be drooling while you're feeling incredible.
And some stylish brands will speak to you; some item will haunt you until you buy it. You'll go back to the store 5 times to try something on. Others leave you cold.
For instance, I'm no Marc Jacobs fan. Blech.
Three hundred dollar jeans don't do it for me–plus you'll spend 8 hours finding a pair that fits just right, and sweetcheeks, I've got a life to live.
Jil Sander's stuff looks like she was working on it and then the phone rang and she forgot what she was doing.
On the other hand I have 5 t-shirts from Hot Topic that I love (oh so haute couture, ha!), so I check out the store every couple of weeks and if anyone sees me I say I'm shopping for my niece. She's 12.
And what did Olympia Dukakis say in Steel Magnolias ? "The only difference between us and the animals is our ability to accessorize." Too true, sister.
I'll be shamelessly and proudly wearing my earrings from Claire's that I dressed up with some beads. And Coco Chanel had it right when she said "Take one thing off before you leave the house," but she probably wasn't talking about your undies.
So mix it up. I saw a woman in the Michael Kors store the other day. And she bought the entire age-inappropriate outfit that was on the mannequin in the window, right down to the sunglasses.
I almost cried.
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