“Gucci, Versace, D&G,” the young lady said, as she pointed out the different designers she was wearing from head to toe, while looking like she was doing a dance to “Wipe Me Down.” My other friend nudged me and whispered, “Did she just give a full role call on her outfit when no one even asked her about one piece?” Trying to keep face in the situation, I glanced up as the girl looked as if she was doing a 5-slide power-point presentation to show off her designer labels. Actually liking some of her pieces, I was still confused about how she felt the need to let us know each label within the first five minutes of meeting up with us. While we casually transitioned topics, she went on to mention her clothing at least 3-4 times throughout the rest of the night.

Many people might not be as verbal as my friend, but still be addicted to labels. Meaning, if it’s not a piece by a major designer it does not have a place on their body.  The majority of designer pieces are of beautiful quality, from the construction process, to the material that is used, to the hand-sewn details in the fabric. When you understand the breakdown of the extensive work that goes into a high-fashion item, the price makes sense in most cases. It also helps you to understand why people would invest in these innovative pieces for their wardrobe.

However, I am starting to realize that some women invest in these pieces simply because they carry the name of the latest designer. They may not even really like the piece—but they like the simple fact they can give you a 1,2,3 breakdown of each label they just learned how to pronounce. They could care less about the construction process and the quality of the article of clothing, they just love being covered in known names. It might not even be a style that they truly appreciate, but they can’t live without the approval of others.

Unfortunately, life sometimes seems all about status and fitting into different categories. There are numerous ways in which people try to prove themselves by buying a certain type of car or clothing not because they love it, but because they know everyone else will. At the end of the day,  just make sure you’re purchasing what you love and put yourself in whatever makes you feel comfortable, from head to toe. It could be a beautifully crafted designer piece, or a funky piece you cop at a thrift store. Style has nothing to do with who you wear, and everything to do with how you feel.

Your opinion is the only one that matters so ask yourself, do you shop for quality or approval?

-Ellisa Oyewo

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