There are a lot of times I think to myself “She didn’t seriously buy that?”
And it’s not just because the outfit is horrible or the fabric looks cheap it’s
just because she was swayed by luxurious sparkle of the store lights, and didn’t have a good gay with her.
As I continue to work in the fashion industry, Iv quickly learned what’s quality, and what’s a pig in a wig.
First I want to talk about the general public, and their favorite stores. Fast fashion is one of the quickest growing markets in the fashion industry. Fast fashion is the equivalent of fast food. You may get the trends fast, it may be delicious but it’s not quality. Forever 21, ZARA, and H&M are just a few examples of some of the fast fashion you’ll see in your local mall. Stores like Papaya, Windsor, and Charlotte Russe are the deal meal ($1 Menu) stores of fast fashion. I love a good ZARA piece, but when I buy that piece I understand that it’s not something I’m going to have for more than a couple months. I can’t stand when people complain about not being to wash a shirt from Forever 21. So if you don’t want to spend $20 on a top that’s going to ruin overtime simply spend a little bit more in your favorite outlet, or consignment shop on a designer shirt that might be on sale. I often find $300 jeans for $50 at my local Nordstrom rack, which might even be less than some denim at fast fashion stores. Some good pieces to consistantly buy from fast fashion stores would be statement jewelry, fun bags, & flat casual shoes.
Fast Fashion is our friend…..the friend who steals your money when you pass out from too many drinks at the club.
Another huge waste of money is phony designer names, while they may be hot at the moment & it may feel exciting splurging, it won’t last in the long run. Labels like Michael By Michael Kors, Vince Camuto and Steve Madden, make thousands of units in their lines. There is zero quality control when it comes to these brands. Unless you absolutely love the item, wait till it goes on sale,
because it will. Most of the Michael Kors items that you see in your local Dillards or Macy’s is the cheap stuff, not the stuff he sends down the runway. Still can’t tell the difference? Look at the label if it says Michael Michael Kors it’s the low end line, if it says Michael Kors it’s from the “collection” which means it’s expensive. I’m not saying don’t buy his stuff, I’m just saying if you’re going to make sure you find a good deal on it. If I see one more person wearing those $80 Tory Burch foam flip-flops, I’m going to scream.
In addition, I find it very important if splurging on high-end designer items that the item remain multi seasonal. (If your one of those people that can afford to buy a new pair of Charlotte Olympia’s, and Prada bag every month then this part isn’t for you) In the next few months I’m going to be splurging on a very expensive handbag. While picking the color I found it very important to make sure it was a color I could wear with everything. You want it to be something that’s going to be classic and timeless as well.
Something that also goes into making the decision is, do you want a bag that’s more fashion forward, or do you want a bag that’s more every day luxury. An example being….do you want a Valentino “Rockstud” bag or Louis Vuitton “Speedy” (I say skip the LV).
At the end of the day, your money is your money, and it’s up to you how you choose to spend it. If you see something you love and you can afford it, buy it. Friends and family opinions do matter, but if you love something it’s all about
making yourself happy. Just remember you can’t take your money to the grave, but while you’re here spend it wisely. I hope you learned something today, and can’t wait to see you turn Into a shopping genius!