"Help, I work for a real estate agent and I will be showing a house for her on Sunday. I need a stunning outfit that would adequately represent Mr. Fashion (the homeowner), his home, and my boss! I have no idea when it comes to fashion and my options are literally coming from my Grandmother's closet.
You are very lucky that you have your grandmother's closet to sift through. If you did not have access to her closet, I would suggest that you go to consignment shops in a more upscale neighborhood in your area. Certain vintage shops like that have designer brands at a deeply discounted price. It would be a good investment and you'd see a return for sure.
This week we are talking about the Do's and Don'ts of Fashion.
Also, a BIG BIG BIG no-no for me (and I will offend many people when I say this) No pajama pants in public! I don't care if they are comfortable. I don't care if they have Sponge Bob Square Pants on them. I don't want to see what you night sweated in.
What is your normal morning routine?
I have tried for many years, but I am not a morning person. For me, the key to having a good morning is doing everything the night before… lunch packed, clothes picked out and ironed, coffee maker set, etc. If I go to bed being totally organized, I can ease out the door in under 30 minutes. Fabulous. If I’m not prepared… well I can throw on one of my go-to dresses, do my make-up at stoplights (there are 14 in my commute- PLENTY of time) and drink the free coffee with the nasty powdered creamer at work. Not preferable, but it works in a pinch. My commute is anywhere from 25-45 minutes.
What or who inspires your personal sense of style?
I am inspired by the classics--- Jackie O, Audrey Hepburn. I love any classic look. I also am inspired by a lot of my friends. Before I was married, I lived in a house full of beautiful fashionable ladies—it was fun to share clothes and accessories! Marriage is the best, but the hubby doesn’t really come through for me when I need the perfect clutch to complete the outfit.
Boyfriend Blazer - Old Navy; Top - Target; Leggings - Old Navy; Flats - Old Navy; Necklace - Thrifted
I am definitely 100% on the side that copycat designs are a way for the average consumer to stay current and wear runway styles without breaking the bank. I mean hello! What are people who are on a budget supposed to wear? Should they only be confined to wear shapeless scrubs? I think not.
I also don't think that it is exactly "copying." Haute Couture designers set the mold for fashion and trends. It is actually an important part of the fashion economy that additional designers and clothing manufacturers replicate and produce the same styles at an affordable price.
And, do they really need to make any more money? They're doing just fine, I believe.
I think that it would be detrimental to the fashion industry. It would greatly affect economics. Inspiration is everywhere. You can tell when something is fake and says "DNKY" and not "DKNY." Fabrics and materials differ in quality and there is no way that someone can think that "FRADA" is the same as "PRADA." Not everyone can pay $1000 for a stylish pair of heels! I'm sorry. Tom Ford, the lead designer at Gucci said, "We found that after much research that the counterfeit customer is not our customer." If designers weren't able to mimic trends, then we wouldn't have a global trend available to us.
Now that I think of it - nothing! Nothing I own is a knock off and nothing I own is a haute couture brand. I stick to department store labels, Target brands, and quality clothing from mall stores.