Some thoughts on luxury fashion

23 October

Jacket - Primark | Blouse - New Look | Jeans - New Look | Bag - Ted Baker

If you follow me on Twitter, you might have seen me debating whether to invest in some Gucci loafers a few days ago.

On the one hand, the thought of spending £500+ on shoes makes me want to throw up in my mouth a little bit.

On the other, I feel like I’ve really found my style in the past few years, and after years of repurchasing cheap loafers, I feel like buying a high quality, classic pair would be a good investment.

But then (on a third hand? Maybe a foot?) I thought about this: Gucci loafers are made of leather. I’m mostly veggie and adore animals. Do I want to wear the skin of an animal on my feet?

Um, no. I don’t. In fact, put like that it sounds pretty damn gross.

Fine, I thought. I’ll buy faux leather dupes. I headed to ASOS (obviously) and found almost exact dupes for £35. Also real leather. Annoying.

There don’t seem to be any faux leather dupes for the loafers at the moment, so I’ll keep browsing.

But it got me thinking about luxury accessories. Specifically shoes and bags. 

Ideally, I’d eventually like to invest in a pair of high-end flats, a carry-all bag and a smaller bag, if I’m fortunate enough to be able to save up for them.

But most high-end bags and shoes are made out of animals, and I’m not comfortable with that.

I know there are a few vegan designers, but for the most part they’re not recognisable names, except for Stella McCartney, and I’m not keen on her stuff if I’m honest.

Which leads me to question what qualifies as luxury? Because as hard as I try not to, I’d rather have that Gucci or Chloe label on my bag. It’s a status symbol: I’ve worked hard to buy this bag.

I’m not going to spend £1,000 on a bag by a designer no-one’s heard of. It’s not the same. It shouldn’t matter to me, but it does.

So, what does this mean?

Are luxury goodies off-limits for me if I want to stay animal product free?

Do I want to buy designer stuff because it’s high quality and I like it, or because toting around a Saint Laurent bag makes me feel worthy?

I don’t know.

I’m aware that I’m incredibly fortunate to be earning the money to even consider buying designer stuff, so I’m sorry if this post makes me sound like an overprivileged brat. I’m a high street girl at heart, but there is that pull of designer stuff (I blame watching too many YouTubers).

I’d love to know your thoughts on this one, especially if you’re a fellow fashion and animal obsessed gal. Leave me a comment and let me know what you think.

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