Pret Reporteur. The Price is Right?

December 11, 2007 • Fashion


Gabby Perez for Second City Style Magazine

In an era when the high-low price mentality rules, allowing women to mix high-priced designs with low-cost knockoffs, what makes an outfit worth the price?

Obviously, when we invest in a Ralph Lauren Purple Label button down or a killer pair of Louboutin heels, we know that we are paying for the quality. And often times, we are paying for the genius that created the outfit. (Let’s face it, we can’t find everything
we want at the Gap.) Beautifully made clothes are definitely something
to buy now and love forever. But is spending the extra cash for quality
and genius really worth it?

With all of the low priced knockoffs available to today’s market,
it’s easy to avoid high-end retailers. We all remember when Isaac
Mizrahi’s line premiered at Target in 2002, or just this past fall when
Kohl’s introduced Vera Wang’s collection. It seems as though there is a
widening gap between high and low merchandise, and who is willing to
pay for each. I usually just take my inspiration from runway photos and
Vogue fashion spreads and look for their lower priced alternatives elsewhere.

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