Devil wears Prada moment....

I might be on my own here - but is any of my readers boggled by the amount of designer gear being peddled around in online vintage stores/blogs?
I don't want to turn this post into a soap box - but I really thought wearing vintage was finding pieces of clothing from a bygone era and turning them into an outward expression of your own sense of style.  Now as I go through some wonderful blogs I am a little intimidated by the number of designer names popping up - which, don't get me wrong, does make for some beautiful outfits; but I simply can't afford them - that's why vintage was such a draw card to me, as it was an inexpensive way for me to have some sort of style without resorting to massive chain stores that pump out half a million pieces of one item. Or massive designer brands that have equally massive price tags.

As I was thinking about this my favourite part of 'The Devil wears Prada' came to me.  I'm pretty sure I'm Andrea in the 'blue' sweater:

"This... stuff? Oh... ok. I see, you think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select out, oh I don't know, that lumpy blue sweater, for instance, because you're trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don't know is that that sweater is not just blue, it's not turquoise, it's not lapis, it's actually cerulean. You're also blindly unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves St. Laurent, wasn't it, who showed cerulean military jackets? And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. Then it filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and so it's sort of comical how you think that you've made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you're wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room. From a pile of stuff."  Anna Win... oh sorry it was actually Miranda Priestly.

So I just wanted to ask my readers... am I living in some sort of vacuum?  Should I go out and spend $700 on some Jimmy Choos or Miu Miu's?  Or a classic quilted Chanel bag (although I quite like Chanel... but maybe I just like Coco - that woman had some serious style)  Also according to the latest Shop magazine (of which I am an avid reader  - believe it or not.... whoops I just slipped off my soapbox.  ahem)   I should at least splurge on one luxe item.  I'm not yet sold on that idea.  What do you think?  I'm in serious need of direction here...

For the Love of Vintage
Love Lara & Tura xx


  1. Buy VINTAGE luxury items! :) Or at least recycled ones. ..... Or, if you have enough disposable income why not buy a Hermes bag, treasure it and then pass it on to a deserving younger person when you are old and altruistic?

    I have a couple of yummy things that I got 2nd hand and I LOVE THEM almost as much as my children. [:)] And one day they shall go to a grandchild who will hopefully love them as much as me.

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