“Gucci, Versace, D&G,” the young lady said, as she pointed out the different designers she was wearing from head to toe, while looking like she was doing a dance to “Wipe Me Down.” My other friend nudged me and whispered, “Did she just give a full role call on her outfit when no one even asked her about one piece?” Trying to keep face in the situation, I glanced up as the girl looked as if she was doing a 5-slide power-point presentation to show off her designer labels. Actually liking some of her pieces, I was still confused about how she felt the need to let us know each label within the first five minutes of meeting up with us. While we casually transitioned topics, she went on to mention her clothing at least 3-4 times throughout the rest of the night.

Many people might not be as verbal as my friend, but still be addicted to labels. Meaning, if it’s not a piece by a major designer it does not have a place on their body.  The majority of designer pieces are of beautiful quality, from the construction process, to the material that is used, to the hand-sewn details in the fabric. When you understand the breakdown of the extensive work that goes into a high-fashion item, the price makes sense in most cases. It also helps you to understand why people would invest in these innovative pieces for their wardrobe.

However, I am starting to realize that some women invest in these pieces simply because they carry the name of the latest designer. They may not even really like the piece—but they like the simple fact they can give you a 1,2,3 breakdown of each label they just learned how to pronounce. They could care less about the construction process and the quality of the article of clothing, they just love being covered in known names. It might not even be a style that they truly appreciate, but they can’t live without the approval of others.

Unfortunately, life sometimes seems all about status and fitting into different categories. There are numerous ways in which people try to prove themselves by buying a certain type of car or clothing not because they love it, but because they know everyone else will. At the end of the day,  just make sure you’re purchasing what you love and put yourself in whatever makes you feel comfortable, from head to toe. It could be a beautifully crafted designer piece, or a funky piece you cop at a thrift store. Style has nothing to do with who you wear, and everything to do with how you feel.

Your opinion is the only one that matters so ask yourself, do you shop for quality or approval?

-Ellisa Oyewo

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  • Alexius

    Ok Im a 26 year Old male!! Yes Married man that likes to take care of his woman I have been shooping for my whole family for the last 5 years. When i meet my wife at a bus stop we had nothing. She shopped at Wet Seal and Old Navy. I can not have a woman that repesents me being presented in Trift store clothing. My son in payless shoes, please!! Where do you even wear Thrift store clothes to? Now that I’m established I buy their clothes online, or in stores. Macys, J.C. Penny’s, Coach, Jimmy Choo, Prada…. Yes Its expensive. Yes it looks great. Yes she still has he own style but she has so many purses that she always get stopped, “Where did you get that from?” “Wow what kind of shoes are those.” She loves the attention and I love the face to know that I’m the one who is able to make her feel like that. I dont care how everybody else feels about it the bills are gonna get paid and she is gonna look great. She is spoiled, but she deserves it…..If you can get the Good Stuff, Get it. I do it for no other reason that it makes her friends really, really green with envy.

    • Bronze

      Sir, I think you missed a very important point. We shop thrift and vintage because it is a THRILL. We on this post are not simple minded chicks who follow the crowd. We are clothing genius, fashion goddess who have been anointed with a flare for fashion. When you are of this sect, it is your duty to find vintage pieces from the past to complete the look of the future. We KNOW how to mix and match Haute Couture with low end. We just don’t sit here and rip apart the fashion no-no’s of celebs. We critique with a discerning eye.

      But good 4 u. Nice to hear a man do good by his wife.

  • Misses D Misses I…

    I’m defiantely not into labels and find that those with labels printed all over their clothing are mostly wannabes whilst those who are actually wealthy tend to wear discreet designer clothing. In fact most wealthy people would rather be seen with Longchamp as opposed to Fendi (or some other commerically recognised brand).

    I do however set myself personal goals which involve nice treats. For example, I’m working hard to build my business so that by Christmas I might be able to afford a Joe Malone cologne or a custom made bag. I like nice things but labels don’t come into play, rather quality and styles does.

  • anne grey

    I tend to do the hi-lo thing as well. I do shop for quality (I’m a luxury/quality addict!!). And for me that means clothes made of cotton, silk, cashmere, merion wool etc. Not clothes splattered with labels. You can find quality goods without paying a lot of money. As for bags and shoes, I buy designer (try to hit those sales, because I feel foolish buying a pair of shoes at retail when they eventually get reduced by 60% or so ) because the quality is seriously better. No logos!!

    OT- I am tired of people always going on about what the wealthy actually do. Wealth simply permits them to have a wider variety of options. Some might like to buy longchamp because that is their style, why others might like some fendi. Honestly, who do you think is buying all of the majority of all those things? Anyway, my point is wealthy people are people, who, like the rest of us, have different tastes.

    Back on topic, yeah I shop for quality and I am too oblivious to notice whether others approve or not. I am just trying to live my life in the best way I can.