|What's "Budget Fashion"?
Monday, January 07, 2008
Had some time today, as I am in recovering from a sore throat and found myself surfing the internet. I get some fashion feeds I looked at and some of their links and I also surfed a bit using stumbleupon.com - which takes you interesting places you wouldn't otherwise find.
It amazes me that so-called "frugal" bargain queens show shoes to buy that are $200+...and generally all sorts of clothing pieces in the hundreds. That isn't frugal to me at all. To me frugal is the Ann Klein wool/nylon sequined sweater I wore for New Year's Eve which I got at a thrift shop in Ventura, CA for about $7!
When we were down in San Diego for New Year's we wandered around in La Jolla and window shopped. On the way there we stopped at a resale shop that was having a "sale", too. And the things I get for $10 or so they had for $50 - on sale! Not my idea of a bargain.
But back to La Jolla - in a pharmacy/boutique I saw the sister of a bag I had gotten in Ventura for $7 - listed at $50! And it's vinyl. I thought they were good knock-offs, tho. But I think mine was a sample of the importers or something -- a place I go has them regularly.....So I am on the lookout for them...
I do surf around the fashionable net and look for trends and shapes and styles and names of designers. That's how I know my $10 designer shoes retail for $250 - or the necklace I got at the craft faire for $50 costs over 4 times that much in a boutique. It's fun to come home and look it up and calculate the savings.
There was a brief time after I inherited a bit of money that I tried to go retail a bit - and you know, I had a very similar experience to my usual bargain shopping and spent a lot more for the same sort of things!
So I am back to my old tricks, which I conjured up in my many years as a starving actress who had to look good anyway. I am grateful for what I have learned of the art of the wardrobe - and what suits ME. And altho I still look at those fashion sites, they are mostly fantasy land, not where I live...where DO they wear those fancy clothes, anyway? It would be hard even here in Hollywood!
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