I am literally and genuinely bursting at the seams to write out this article not only because it hits close to home on so many levels as I am the textbook definition of a fashion, style and beauty enthusiast but also because on many occasions this topic has brought about heated debates.
First off, let me ask this…Where does one draw the line between fashion enthusiasm and just plain mental slavery? We all have the fashionista friend who is fully committed. One time you found out she used her college tuition to buy that Hever Leger dress retailing at $1000, you still don’t get it right? It is afterall just A DRESS! Or the time she raced to Harvey Nichols to indulge in some Emilo De La Monroe skirts, you swear the price tags fit buy your whole future and change go remain. Fashion enthusiasts clearly understand the logic behind such purchases, like when I found myself shelling out money for a Chanel classic purse or making sure that by fire and by force I was in Paris for the Louis Vuitton exhibition show.
I remember fasting and praying and commanding the holy spirit to take total control of my life and showering me with blessings of a plane ticket and a credit card to go crazy with at the show. And let’s not forget me going out in the snow to buy a Givenchy purse, if you know me then you know my phobia for snow and how many times I have sprained my wrist while falling down on ice. It is safe to say I got to Givenchy with an excruciatingly painful sprained wrist and a blurred vision.
As guilty as I am of blind and almost extreme dedication to fashion, my point is simple; there is a thin and almost blurry line to not cross in pursuit of all things luxurious and fashionable. As admitted by ELLE magazine’s Head of Accessories Olivia Palermo; “I used to spend all my money on designer jeans and then live on canned beans for months, that was me at my least extreme”. While girls in Lagos might not be willing to live on beans in the name of a designer purchase, one night with Chief or senator is a fair enough sacrifice.
We are females and are genetically programmed to lust after those Yves Saint Laurent Trib Too heels and even throw a drink at our friends when they fail to notice our wardrobe upgrade, and yes we break the bank, starve ourselves, suffer from sleepless nights and do all sorts. But the line is drawn when dignity and self respect is involved. A pair of python snake skin shoes cannot and should not purchase your dignity. Neither should we mistake dedication for plain idiocy.
Take it from a girl who has been there and back, if you must flex your fashion dedicated muscles then buy the classics which you can use for the next two decades and pass down to your daughters. Yes walk with all your toes cut off if possible to Hermes and buy the Kelly bag which has been celebrated for decades, or the Alexa Chung Mulberry satchel. Google is your best friend at this point, research on the history of a luxury item before you make your purchase you’d be surprised that most of them do. After this calculate logistics, how much longer can you wear that piece before it becomes “SO LAST SEASON”?
While I applaud enthusiasts like myself, my advice is apply clear logic, think long and hard over your purchase and ensure you leave the store with your face off the floor and your dignity still very much with you.