Sunday, February 9, 2014

The Emperor's new clothes?

I like to think that I am an open-minded, fashion-forward kind of person. I love clothes and can happily click away the hours admiring various genres of style and sartorial garb.
Even if I don't wear a certain style myself, I like to think that I can appreciate a wide variety of fashion whims.
However, recent items on Net-A-Porter are making me question myself. 
Perhaps I am too old and cynical, but the following items really do make me wonder:


Thongs (flip-flops) are a beach staple in my wardrobe. But not ones that cost over $30 or so. But they're Valentino, so they must be worth it? right?


Dungarees. A worker's staple. These at $578 just scream overpriced scam to me, as do the espadrilles.


Perhaps I should støp here. I just can't understand that headband or hat for that price. Ditto the tie-dyed chiffon jumpsuit.
And my daughter who is 12 has some lovely neon cut-off shorts that cost $15 from Target.
I'm dead certain that J Brand are paying their seamstresses a decent wage..... well at least let's hope they are.
And don't even get me started on those Kenzo sweatshirts.....

Anyway. Apologies if anyone is planning to purchase any of the above. Put it down to me being a cynical old git.

To end on a happy and less bitchy note, here's a pic of the view down to Bronte beach yesterday. 


What gets your goat in fashion? 
Hope you're having/have had a great weekend!

26 comments:

  1. Yep overpriced basics make my eyes roll, I saw something else this week, I can't remember what it was but when I do I will report back.

    Ok I secretly want a pair of cheapie dungarees to wear at home, I love them, they take me back to my teenage dye when all the cool girls had them!

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    1. Dungarees are cool - I wouldn't mind a pair either, but they'd have to be super cheap!
      Would love to hear what caused your eye-roll.

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  2. Ruth I've been going through the same thing. I'm looking at everything and I'm saying WTF. Who is paying this money for this stuff?
    Maybe I'm getting to be an old fart but so be it... and the evidence is in, the last thing I bought was a waxed cotton Barbour coat, black with floral lining, giant pockets to hold poop bags for my pup. I bought it on sale for the same price as those ripped pink neon shorts up there.

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    1. Snort! Not quite as rocknroll as neon pink shorts, but I'll bet you get more cost-per-wear value for your Barbour than those shorts.... although you should get the shorts too and rock them with the Barbour - perfect for your weather ;-)

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  3. I think Valentino is cashing in on latest collection! But balmain has always out priced the market and it seems to do well as there is always a story behind it. But I can't understand the pricing on so much stuff which is inconsistent...

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    1. I just can't fathom paying so much for something so.... trendy/faddish. I mean $8,500 for a jumpsuit? Really? If I had the kind of budget that would run to $8k for an item of clothing I think I'd want it to be a coat or something that I might wear fairly often. Not a tie-dye jumpsuit!!
      But I guess I'm really not the target customer ;-)
      Valentino just seems to have gone wrong.

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  4. I guess the target audience for those items are rich kids,where it doesnt matter what the price is,haha.
    Love when you post pics of Bronte beach and the yummy food in IG:)

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    1. I'm sure you're right, Ina. More money than sense, as my mother always says!!

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    1. yup! I think those designers/companies are probably laughing all the way to the bank....

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  6. Deconstructed clothes of any kind really get my goat. Whether torn jeans or paint splattered pants and of course expensive white tee shirts....the arm pits will yellow just as quickly. But I guess it is all relative, the chick that buys the hot pink shorts also bought her boobs...sorry in advance to any I may have offended.

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    1. You're right, BB. Those paint-spattered chinos at J Crew were just so… silly. I also can't get my head around expensive white tee shirts. It just seems so bizarre to spend $200+ for a small piece of stretchy cotton. Snorting at the thought of bought boobs! Plenty of acquaintances of mine have done that!!!

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  7. You've made me laugh. I was looking at the floral D&G headband priced at $850 and wondering who the hell was going to be buying it (it was in the sale section of Netaporter, but at $400+ it was still pricey).
    I personally love all the $250+ plain white t-shirts you can find on the net. I often wonder what is so special about them??!

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    1. It is quite mad, isn't it? Floral headbands are not on my list of items that I wear frequently. I really do wonder who would be in the market for a $400 one….
      I'm guessing those $250 tee shirts have secret properties ;-)

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  8. All of those listings are obscene. The $500+ designer jeans for the insecure label whores which I find most ridiculous.

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  9. For those of us that live in the UK, that last picture was the more bitchy note ha ha. I'm looking out my window now and it's grey, windy, cold and raining so feeling quite jealous

    I do look at some of these overpriced items and wonder who in their right mind pays this sort of money for something that really doesn't look special at all. I must admit I even question this with some of the designer bags I buy - a good few of them look like they could be from Zara, but I still pay over the odds for it. Well I guess a girl has got to do what a girl has got to do!

    By the way it was really interesting to read you comment on my blog about the obesity centre. That sounds amazing. What I would do to pack up and emigrate and try and get a job there instead - hee hee. I remember seeing the pictures on Instagram.

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    1. Oh sorry Colleen - I hope your weather improves soon! You can gloat come July when it's cold here!
      I think bags are tricky - some I just can't fathom the price, but your collection looks like a good, pragmatic and stylish selection.
      I must say that I really don't get the attraction of those Louis Vuitton bags covered in the LV logo, nor do I really like any bag that advertises its label…
      The Charles Perkins Centre is pretty impressive. You should def have a look at the website and see if there are any job openings. You could come over and study here - do your PhD with one of the Profs. I think Stephen Simpson's research is very interesting.

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    2. Oh Ruth, don't tempt me. I'm literally day-dreaming about that opportunity right now! I've looked at the website - I agree, impressive!

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    3. You should come over for a visit to see if you think you'd like it!

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  10. Well, frankly, Ruth, I think this stuff is just silly, and I doubt that even the designers expect anyone to buy it. On the other hand, I was having lunch with an acquaintance when she decided that what she was wearing would be too hot for the rest of the day. We walked over to Hermes, where she bought a $350 (US) tee shirt. There were some H 's on it.

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    1. Fred, I agree. I reckon a lot of designers/companies just knock out some daft pieces then hope that their customers are stupid enough to buy them just because of the label.
      $350 for a tee advertising Hermes? I don't think so.... Is she mad? or just was the heat going to her head?

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  11. I tried those dungarees on when I was in NEW York, what can I say I was in a travelling daze, they were dropped waist and could not have been worn by someone over 13. I always wonder about those other ones where they are not dropped and baggy waist - what happens when you sit down, they look painful. I buy the Haviana jandals and even they are too pricey, will not be doing the studdy ones

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    1. haha! my daughter has some low waist dungarees and even she finds them uncomfy (and she's under 13).
      I buy havianas too - a rip-off, but they usually last me two summers per pair.

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  12. The prices of these items are eye-popping!! Nearly $600 for a pair of denim overalls??? I bought a pair from a vintage shop when I was in university, I don't think I paid more than $15. The thing that gets me are overpriced t-shirts and ripped/shredded denim. Ridiculous accessories, like that cupcake headband and the unicorn baseball cap, also annoy me - it seems like a huge waste to even make those things, but perhaps I am missing something. For all I know, they may be a huge hit with the teen/20s set.

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    1. Those headband/hat things just make me wonder.... who buys them?
      I can understand buying or making something for a fancy dress party, but surely not one for the price of a good coat?

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