let’s get legit

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This week I had an idea for my blog. I started my ‘remix and rematch’ posts a couple of months ago, but I decided it was time to add another type of post to the mix. I was inspired to start the “let’s get legit” posting when I found a pair of floral pants this week.  When I saw them, I remembered seeing something similar in the past. Hmm…yes…where did I see floral pants in the past? Ah yes, on the Dolce and Gabbana runway.

To be clear, these postings are not about scoffing at designer clothing. Perish the thought! I love couture as much as the next fashionista, but realistically speaking, designer clothing is only accessible to many (myself included) through the following modalities:

1) Consignment

2) Resale

3) Charity shops

4) Santa Claus

5) Hand-me-downs

6) Winning the lottery

Let’s face it, options 1-3 are the most likely, and I have found some amazing designer finds through those modalities in the past. However, designer trends do make their way down the fashion pipeline and into chain stores, albeit with differences from the original couture design.

This process was best explained in the movie The Devil Wears Prada:

Miranda Priestly: [Miranda and some assistants are deciding between two similar belts for an outfit. Andy sniggers because she thinks they look exactly the same] Something funny?

Andy Sachs: No. No, no. Nothing’s… You know, it’s just that both those belts look exactly the same to me. You know, I’m still learning about all this stuff and, uh…

Miranda Priestly: ‘This… stuff’? Oh. Okay. I see. You think this has nothing to do with you. You go to your closet and you select… I don’t know… that lumpy blue sweater, for instance because you’re trying to tell the world that you take yourself too seriously to care about what you put on your back. But what you don’t know is that that sweater is not just blue, it’s not turquoise. It’s not lapis. It’s actually cerulean. And you’re also blithely unaware of the fact that in 2002, Oscar de la Renta did a collection of cerulean gowns. And then I think it was Yves Saint Laurent… wasn’t it who showed cerulean military jackets? I think we need a jacket here. And then cerulean quickly showed up in the collections of eight different designers. And then it, uh, filtered down through the department stores and then trickled on down into some tragic Casual Corner where you, no doubt, fished it out of some clearance bin. However, that blue represents millions of dollars and countless jobs and it’s sort of comical how you think that you’ve made a choice that exempts you from the fashion industry when, in fact, you’re wearing the sweater that was selected for you by the people in this room from a pile of stuff.

Well said, Miranda.

Now, let’s get legit. Two pairs of pants. One pair is $845, one pair was $11 on sale.

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Can you guess which is which? If you follow fashion regularly, then you have no doubt seen one of these pairs before.

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initial photo courtesy of farfetch.com (my edits)

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initial photo courtesy of anntaylor.com (my edits)

I found the second pair, initially $80, marked down to ….$11.

Can you guess which pair I got? Good guess, readers, the pair from Ann Taylor. While I love the D&G pair, they are just slightly (okay, a lot) out of my reach, but I will be happily wearing my other pair!

Stay tuned for how I styled them, because it was too much fun with such a bold pant.

I hope you enjoyed my new type of post! I’ll be adding them to my posts, as I find more pieces that fit the theme, which, according to Miranda Priestly, will be pretty much every time I find. What do you guys think about the spend versus splurge concept? Would you consider the D&G pair over the Ann Taylor pair? When do you save, when do you splurge?

Happy weekend, readers!! Thank you for stopping by!

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30 thoughts on “let’s get legit

  1. Theres nothing better then finding resale or any deal. I love couture too, it’s stunning: BUT, it’s so difficult to afford- one day 🙂 Great post.

    XOXO,
    Chloe
    chloescravings.wordpress.com
    Fashion Instagram: chloescravings

  2. Yes, yes, yes, I vote YES for the new style of spend v. splurge blog posts. Creative and super useful! For me in general: I buy when I need, save when I can, and splurge when the time is right, ie. a major promotion at work or a landmark birthday or anniversary. PS. Thank you for that amazing moment with Andy & Miranda, love it! xx

    • I totally agree with you! I think it’s fun to splurge on something really special, but it’s just as fun to find something fabulous when you’re out digging. And regarding the Devil Wears Prada, I could watch that movie on repeat! That scene totally encapsulates how fashion trickles down…even though it was at the expense of poor Andy!! xoxo

  3. Congratulations for the great purchase! I am also trying to break free from buying designer brands, many times it’s just my ego…

    • I know! There’s ways to get the designer without breaking the bank, but I also like digging around for pieces that are not necessarily designer, but still good quality and fashion forward. 🙂 Thanks for visiting! xo

  4. hehe the fashionista in us could tell the difference 🙂 but you’re right, ordinarily it would be hard to tell. Love these posts! I’m curious wondering what you’re going to pair them up with

  5. Really love this post! As you know, I love a bargain myself, and am inspired by couture and high end designers. The hip pocket will not allow it. 😦 However, with good styling, and good shoes, only the hard core fashionistas will know the difference!
    Well done! B x

    • I totally agree! Our wallets love bargains! With good styling and a couple of nice pieces tossed in, you can make just about anything work! It’s a good challenge for fashionistas everywhere to find quality pieces for good prices. xoxo!

  6. Love this post! Can’t wait to see more! I usually splurge in a good bag or pair of shoe, because they are items that can make any outfit looks chic. xoxo

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  8. Skills, Huntress, skills! My first thought when the new collections come out is always how can I do that with what I’ve already got, or if not, where can I get that look cheaper? Might be tough finding a Dolce & Gabana style beaded dress with a Byzantine fresco on though, unless H&M decide to do it as a t-shirt print!

    • I totally agree!! That is one collection that may be hard to find at an affordable price! It’s actually one of my favorites this season, so I definitely will be keeping an eye out. I also love thinking about if I already have a piece, and if not, where can I find a good quality piece at an affordable price?! 😉

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