The comments section of one of my most recent posts (The Perfect Jewelry Wardrobe) had a very interesting discussion going on about those very recognizable, popular pieces – Cartier Love bracelets, Van Cleef Alhambra, Valentino Rockstuds, etc, and people wearing them together. By the way, some of the best discussions come from comments which go “against the grain” so I always enjoy hearing them, unless they are excessively rude (I already weigh in every month on the OB, so no need for additional fatty remarks, please!).
Anyway, a few commenters had remarked that anyone wearing too many of these recognizable pieces ran the risk of looking like sheep – a sea of ladies trotting around carrying Birkins and dangling multiple Cartier Love bracelets and wearing Chanel flats, etc, etc etc. While I understand how that idea might sound ridiculous to some (how can items which cost so much and are supposed to be luxury possibly be “overdone”)? I also have seen firsthand on both myself and others, a certain amount of “matching”. It’s especially prevalent in certain metropolitan areas, on Instagram, and the cast of Real Housewives. Just to go ahead and list off the top of my head, at risk items include:
- Classic Chanel flaps
- Valentino Rockstud
- Hermes Birkins and Kellys
- Cartier Love and Juste un Clou bracelets
- Van Cleef Alhambra
- Chanel flats and espadrilles
- Gucci loafers
- Louis Vuitton Neverfull bags
- Goyard St. Louis totes
- Hermes Collier de Chien bracelets
I will admit that I used to try to avoid having too many of these items….I felt like as someone who enjoys fashion, I should be going out of my comfort zone, trying out less popular labels and items. For fear of being labeled that most dreaded of words…basic. I looked at photos of fashion editors, seeing how I could make their items work for myself. Now though? I would pretty much like everything on that list above! I’ve kind of given up trying to avoid items I love, just because they’re popular, because in the end I still love them and they’re what I come back to anyway. I also realized that I just don’t have the natural talent to pull together a bunch of random pieces and make them work…to be able to grab that one item out from the back of the rack which looks hideous and transform it into something awesome on myself. It’s easier just to go for that beautiful, easy, time tested piece.
Especially after having kids, I just want to buy items quickly, enjoy them, and not feel bad about them. I also realized I buy less this way…because maybe I’ll try out a few other items, but realize I just wanted another Chanel bag or piece of Alhambra anyway, and should have just gotten it all along. So why not save time, effort, and money? I’ve come to terms with the idea that I might be sheep like in some of my buying…that I’m probably being incepted by various luxury conglomerates as they laugh all the way to the bank…but as one of my commenters, the lovely Sonja said…baaaaaa.
How do you feel about being a “sheep”? And again I’d like to emphasize that I really don’t mean this post as a negative or positive statement one way or another…I think it’s a fascinating topic, with roots that go into areas such as the proliferation of “mass” luxury, the rise of social media/celebrity culture and I’d love to hear what you all think.