[Opinion] Wearing designer does not mean you can dress

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Katelyn Laverde

Wearing designer clothes may not always be fashionable to the eye.

Jessie Gesund, Writer

Picture this: It is early in the morning and the blaring alarm of an iPhone awakens a young man. He sluggishly walks into his closet to pick out an outfit. He grabs a pair of Guess jeans off a hanger and a white Supreme t-shirt from a drawer. Once he is dressed, he pulls a black belt with a gold Gucci emblem through the waistband of his jeans. To finish the outfit, he slips his feet into a pair of Yeezy x Adidas Foam Runner Sand shoes, the chunky rubber shoes that look as if they are from the year 3000.

He may think his high-priced outfit is above anyone else’s because it displays multiple designer items all at once. While others are dressed in regular clothes, he feels superior in his $400 shoes. Yet, the differing brands make his outfit styleless and unappealing to the eye.

Overloading an outfit with designer items does not necessarily mean that the outfit is stylish. From my perspective, wearing flashier designer items to spruce up an outfit is tacky, and proves the point that people who wear multiple designer pieces at once have no style. They are simply trying to show off their riches, only to end up producing the ugliest outfits known to mankind.

In 2018, Gucci rubber slides were very popular, especially among young adults. Individuals would wear the slides with everything, including jeans, skirts and dresses. They were deemed acceptable for every occasion, such as school and events. However, the green-and-red-striped shoes were not stylish. They were a classless and tasteless symbol of wealth.

While on the runway, a couture item may look fashionable; however, the average person has no clue how to style designer brands. More so, a considerable amount of fashion pieces seen on runways do not make it into stores to sell to the general public. Julie Chaiken, president and owner of designer clothing line “Chaiken,” said that two-thirds of what is on the runway goes into stores. Therefore, people will go into their local mall’s Versace store, pick out the most atrocious patterned robe and wear it the next day with a pair of jeans.

With sky-high prices and an overwhelming amount of brand logos displayed, designer clothes tend to look horrendous. For example, the most popular items from the luxury brand Louis Vuitton have the “LV” emblem logo printed on every square inch of its products. It is difficult to style a horrendous bag with this design, but some people do not care, as they simply want to show the labels rather than have a well-put-together outfit.

Although one may say that designer pieces are well-made and a good investment, the flashy branded clothes are outlandishly expensive for casual events like school. For instance, the popular designer shoe brand Golden Goose makes Italian handmade leather sneakers, but no one should pay $500 for a pair of pre-distressed, dirty-looking converse. It is all for the purpose of owning designer items.

This does not go to say that wearing designer clothes is a bad thing. There are places where they are more appropriate, for example, at fancy-dress or semi-formal events. Since they are higher-quality, they deserve to be worn on nicer occasions. Even more dressed-down designer clothes are acceptable in casual settings, especially when they do not have flashy emblems all over them.

Big fashion houses would be ashamed to see their clients’ poor styling choices. Everyone has their own sense of style, but wearing a designer item just to wear luxury is a bad way to display one’s fashionable self. All in all, showy logos and patterns are not contemporary and completely miss the point of wearing designer clothes.