It’s becoming obvious that I’m falling behind in the popular culture category. My co-workers chatter constantly about the latest Dancing With the Stars cut and who is the worst designer on Project Runway. I can tell you when the next cold front is going to blow through or what’s going on in the financial world because I watch the Weather Channel and news compulsively, but I haven’t a clue what else is going on in the pop culture world.
I’m also feeling clueless about what to wear these days, so I took Teenage Daughter to the mall this weekend to try to see what’s going on in the world of fashion. She showed me a pair of completely ripped up jeans at Abercrombie for $85.00. “Aren’t there a-DOR-able, mom?” Yes, I said. Destroyed jeans are very fashionable. They’re also overpriced and I used to wear them in the 80’s. Boring.
Moving on to Hollister and “hoodies”, we discovered that they were overpriced too. That didn’t stop her from picking up a very fetching yellow one. “Aren’t these a-DOR-able, mom?” Yes, they are adorable. They were also one of the cheapest things you could buy back when I was in high school. Adding “Hollister” on the front makes them cost twice as much as they are worth. Ridiculous.
The entire shopping trip made me realize what a markup there is for clothes. Mediocre, cheaply made ones at that. I’ve had to mend a couple of Teenage Daughter’s t-shirts that cost over $25 each. The material was so thin that it was almost see through.
I then read just today that many women are going to resale and consignment shops because of the economic downturn. Now THAT sounded exciting to me. Trying to get a good deal and finding cute, almost new clothes is my idea of fun. I’ve even found things before with the price tags still on them! Woo hoo!
I *may* still be dull as far as fashion goes, but at least I won’t be overpaying for my clothes. Maybe I’ll even find a pair of ripped up jeans and a stylish hoodie.