Being so into fashion often leads to multiple heartbreaks every single season. Whether it's a Chloé bag, Gucci blouse or Balmain dress, we're left feeling blue at the sob-worthy price tag and knowing we'll most likely never own them.
This leads us to go and seek out alternatives and similars for just a fraction of the price.
Now, I know this receives many mixed views, and I do anticipate some ear bashing on Social Media for what I am about to say, but I'm actually okay with replica designer wear. This includes counterfeit versions of the real thing.
I'm now remembering why I'm so scared to post this.
As you may know, I like going to Turkey for a cheap vacation, it's ridiculously affordable in terms of package deal, food, drink etc. It's also the 'Fake' goods capital.
Previous posts of mine have featured, the likes of 'Chloé' and 'Chanel' bags, perhaps you didn't notice the brand logo but the design most probably looked very familiar to you.
When you love a bag so much, as I do the Chloé Faye & Drew, you'll likely do anything to have one at least similar to the real thing, like trawling for hours around the bazaar in Marmaris and up and down the shopping strip in hopes of finding a great and affordable alternative. That's what I did.
I can't tell you the amount of times people actually thought I had a real Mulberry Bayswater costing around £800, when in fact it was a £29 replica.
But here's the thing; I never claim that they're real, yes it would be fun to watch people's stunned faces thinking I'd shelled out all that cash, but the satisfaction should stay firmly within the bag you've purchased and how much you adore it.
Sadly the real thing would cost at least 1 month's wage and as a soon-to-be student, that money is not available for me to invest in something that will have depreciated to nothing by the time I come to sell it a few years down the line.
I think it's time to stop frowning on others for not owning the 'real thing', £1.000 is unreasonable for a bag these days so is there any wonder that half of us actually own a replica?
I would also like to point out though, that yes it's a little dishonest of us to be parading our 'fakes' and it somewhat appears to mock the original designers work whilst taking the exclusivity out of designer products, but until their prices reduce and I stop being paid minimum wage, the only way I can go is by using replica or high street versions.
Additional inner bag, Celine
I'm intrigued to hear your views on this, so please let me know in the comments below.