Monday, August 27, 2012

being young and a fashion-addict

'balmain' picture from the cut

The hard life of broke, young fashionistas

en; I am not an hypocrite. If I was super rich, I would really enjoy buying designers clothes every day. But before we become super rich, we're usually forced to pass by the young-adult years. Those are very difficult years for a fashion addict, simply because our addiction costs a lot. I realized that on saturday as I was shopping for a party outfit for next week. I went for a skirt and pretty blouse. Both cost me over $120. They are from Zara (you can do a lot worse in terms of price). I wanted trousers instead of the skirt but it would have cost me $180. When you know that as an intern, in France, we make $400 per month, spending $180 (which is almost half your salary) in ONE outfit is pretty painful. I feel bad when I think that interns in the USA and other countries sometimes work for free. How are we supposed to live with that? I'm lucky enough to have parents who pay for my accomodation and food so I can spend my internship money on clothes or travels, but some can't even afford to do that. But even if I can spend everything on clothes, I have to shop only at Forever 21 and H&M to fill my closet with lots of new clothes. Let's take an exemple. I happen to be a huge fan of Pierre Balmain. I think the collections always are gorgeous and realized with an exquisite taste. The bad news is that if I wanted to buy a Balmain jacket, I would need to spend 6 to 8 months of my intern salary (if we pretend that I haven't spent a penny in anything else, which is very unlikely). I'm not saying that Balmain is a bad man for making his clothes so expensive. The quality is probably worth the price. I'm just saying that when you're young, you're usually freaking broke and dealing with a fashion-obsession is a freaking pain in the ass. That's it - end of ranting.

fr; Je ne suis pas une hypocrite. Si j'étais super riche, je serais la première à m'offrir des vêtements de créateurs tous les jours. Mais avant de devenir super riche, on passe par une période difficile de "jeune adulte". Ce sont des années plutôt dures à vivre pour des passionnées de mode car notre obsession nous coûte bien cher. Je me suis particulièrement rendu compte de cela en faisant mon shopping samedi dernier. Je cherchais une tenue de soirée pour la semaine prochaine et j'ai opté pour une blouse avec des strass et une jupe. Les deux m'ont coûté un peu plus de 100€, alors même qu'ils venaient de chez Zara (donc il y a pire en terme de prix). Au départ, je voulais plutôt un pantalon mais mon total aurait dépassé les 160€. Lorsque nous savons que le salaire des stagiaires en France dépasse à peine les 400€, cela signifiait que j'allais passer presque la moitié de mon salaire du mois dans une seule tenue: DUR. Comment sommes-nous supposés vivre comme ça? J'ai assez de chance car mes parents payent pour mon logement et ma nourriture donc tout mon argent de stage peut aller dans mes vêtements, voyages et loisir. Mais ce n'est pas la même chose pour tout le monde. Si je veux pleins de vêtements, il faut que je me cantonne à Forever21 et H&M. Prenons un exemple: j'adore Pierre Balmain. Je trouve ses collections divines et réalisées avec le plus grand goût. La mauvaise nouvelle est que si je souhaite m'offrir une veste Balmain, je dois économiser entre 6 et 8 mois de salaire de stagiaire (en supposant que je ne dépense pas un centime à côté, ce qui est plutôt impossible). Je ne critique pas les prix imposés par Balmain car je sais bien que la qualité apportée à la pièce en vaut le prix. Je dis juste que quand nous sommes jeunes, nous sommes souvent ruinés et faire face à notre addiction pour la mode, c'est super galère. C'est bon, j'arrête de râler.

xx, Pauline

10 comments:

  1. it´s cool a very creative blog. @paquetevistasbi

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  2. i love balmain clothing, but their prices are obscene! well, unless you're mega rich. if i was i'd definitely invest in their jackets as they're so beautifully made. as for being a poor student, i try to save my money and if i want to buy anything designer, i always choose shoes and bags as i think it's more cost effective in a way as i'd use them more!

    great post!

    from helen at www.thelovecatsinc.com // @thelovecatsinc

    ps. don't forget to enter my giveaway to win one of two big prizes, inc. lots of jewellery and an H&M clutch! it ends soon so be quick :)

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    1. I completely agree! Most of the designer stuff I own are bags because I know I will keep them all my life and wear them for years! And I will definitely take a look at your blog and giveaway! xx

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  3. love this photo and also your blog! It's so nice!!! I follow you!
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    1. Thanks lovely! I'll check out your blog :)

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    1. gotta agree! One of my fav fall trend!

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