Just recently I had an interesting conversation with someone who wears expensive work-out clothes. And yes, they are the ones you're thinking of. I happened to be wearing inexpensive jeans and a regular ole sweater, with my "H" belt. And the conversation went like this, Surely you wear designer yoga pants if you wear an Hermès belt.
Ladies, I am a ball of conundrums and mysteries. And this is one of them. Yes, I wear a primo designer belt, and even have a Chanel jacket, but I most certainly do not spend money on work-out clothes, or designer jeans, or a lot of beauty treatments. Allow me to explain. And this is going to be a first world problem discussion. Not a changing the world for a better place discussion. Keep that in mind as you read and perhaps smirk. (And check out the
First, consider value. You sweat in yoga pants, they go down in value and eventually wear out, and must be thrown away. This is true of most of your clothing. There are only 2 luxury designer brands where your purchase is worth more when you get home than when you bought it an hour ago. Just two. Hermès and Chanel.
Next consider the hunt. I love the hunt. I will spend years searching for and waiting for the right piece at the right price. I will wait for a deal. I rarely pay retail for anything of great value. Not the "H" belt and not the Chanel jacket (it was drastically reduced to an amount I was sure was a mistake). I also earn my finds. There is such pride and pleasure in working for the things you collect as opposed to being handed them when you're a mere teen who hasn't had time to hold a real job.
So why are investment pieces so expensive (click the link see what mine are)? Is there any reason other than funding their marketing campaigns and celebrity endorsements? We believe in investing in good shoes and good handbags when you are able to. So let's do some comparisons.
Let's compare 2 nude heels.
Now let's break it down point by point why the expensive one costs more.
The construction of a quality high heel shoe must be designed to minimize strain on the back. Fast-fashion shoes equal a fast path to foot pain. Save your cheap thrills for costume jewelry, not shoes. Well-made shoes have good bone structure. The relationship between the heel and the shoe has been worked out properly so that your weight is distributed through the body instead of just on the balls of your feet. Caroline Cox, author of Vintage Shoes, says, "there must be a perfect balance of aerodynamics, aesthetics and engineering."
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