Fashion Pet Peeve: Overpriced, Underdesigned
April 6, 2006
Whether you save to splurge or wisely utilize your disposable income- designer fashion from a good label is worth it. Most of the time. I’ve pulled a retina rolling my eyes at couture houses who price their pieces in the range of ridiculous. I can deal with $300 pants or $500 heels, as long as they enhance everything that is good and right with the world. The price tag reflects the reputation. Yes, you’re paying for a tiny tag with someone’s name on it. But you also get design with a point of view, and excellent tailoring accompanied by jealous and appreciative attention. Yay for you. But again, this is most of the time.
A major offender in this crime of price jacking is Christian Dior. This Dior baseball cap retails for $250. Ouch, there goes the eye strain again. I found it at Amazon on sale for $189.00 Still too much for fugly yet functional designer headgear. I’d really like to know what died for this heinous $800 fur trimmed handbag. It’s not stylish enough for an isolated eskimo living in an igloo.
A cropped hoodie that looks like you buttoned it under the influence for $128.00?
Free People and Anthropologie commit frequent misdemeanors. I love both but neither line is particularly well-made causing unneccessarily high dry cleaning tabs. What’s worth it? Interlocking C’s declaring your Chanel love? A $300 Prada iPod case that undoubtly makes the music sound better? Smartly accessorize your Isaac Mizrahi for Target cashmere and no one will be the wiser.