I did something that I feel like I have to confess: I bought a
very cheap knockoff of a really expensive designer item.
I have been lusting after these Prada baroque sunglasses for months – or ever since I saw Ashley Olsen sporting them. GORG. And while I am totally not a cheapskate when it comes to my clothes (no shit, right?), there comes a limit. For me, paying $290 for sunglasses was it. So I did the sensible thing and scoured the internet for a
fake cheaper pair, only to find this one for $12 (including shipping) on Amazon. And I’ve felt guilty about it ever since.
I’m not alone in wearing knockoff versions of these glasses. (Totally checked out Cactus Flower for these before trying Amazon, but alas they didn’t have them.) And I’m also not opposed to buying very high-end items. The most expensive piece in my closet remains (and probably will always be) my Louis Vuitton bag I bought when I was 22. Totally ridiculous, and worth every penny because I love that bag so much.
The majority of us consumers can’t fathom $290 sunglasses. Designers know this – they rip off each other all the time. Hell, Old Navy just came out with a heart sweater that’s almost identical to my favorite J. Crew one. And I guess you could argue that basically everything we buy is a version of something that appeared on the runway – put impeccably by Miranda Priestly.
I’m really interested to know what you think about buying knockoff versions – do you do it? Would you do it? How do you feel about it?