Sneakers H&M, jeans unknown old, T-shirt H&M, cashmere sweater The Bay, coat Zara, fur sole vintage, bag Ebay, scarf unknown old, hat Le Chateau, gloves H&M, sunglasses unknown, broach vintage/one of a kind (Toronto Christmas Market show)
I read an article in the newspaper not too long ago, about how to keep up appearances. The writer of the article talks about attending a high society type of an event and having been complemented on her Joe Fresh sunglasses. For those who are reading this article but are not familiar with the brand, here is an explanation. It is an affordable brand of clothes and accessories which started off being sold in full service grocery stores but later opened up standalone stores. The write or the article goes to say that if we are ever in a similar situation, we should resist the urge to share the information that the item we are wearing is not a designer one. Furthermore, it suggests we should never admit to not having money. This was a shock to me! I don’t understand where the shame is in wearing affordable clothing. Not that we need approval from celebrities, but even they wear affordable pieces. Someone like Olivia Palermo who is one of the most photographed people at all fashion weeks, has become known for being the best at mixing the high and the low.
Style doesn't come with money! If you look stylish, put together and expensive on a cheap, to me that’s an even greater accomplishment! Why be ashamed of it? I never was. I have attended many events where everyone wore expensive suits, ties and purses, meanwhile I wore an outfit that all together cost $100 yet received so many compliments. I agree that you don't need to blurt out right away where you bought the item and how much you paid (which I often do because I get awkward being given a compliment) but when asked, why not share and be proud of your style?
My outfit today is made up of all affordable brands and vintage pieces, and I would not think I look cheap at all. I do however suggest not buying something just because it is on sale or is cheap. Do look for structure, quality, proper stitching and rich colours and materials. If you want to spend a lot of money, do invest in more classic pieces. I love investing in shoes and bags, and this is what I save for.
Feel free to share your thoughts on this topic or outfit with me.
Happy weekend all!