Faux Pas: One Vintage, One Problem

It never ceases to amaze me what people will spend hard earned money to own.  And unlike many fashionistas, I would never consider spending more than $500 for any item of clothing that wasn’t a wedding dress.  And even then, there would be mass hesitation. 

It’s not that I don’t think the pricey designer fashions are beautiful because very often, they are.  It’s that I question the…well, I question the priorities and ethics of women who regularly spend more than a grand on a single item of clothing.  So while I love Balmain, Valentino, Chris Benz and others, I don’t think I could plunk down that much money for a single piece of clothing without feeling like a bad person. 

But at least if I was buying Lanvin, I would have my beautiful silk bustier dress to comfort me. So I ask you: What the hell is the excuse for spending $2,000 on this monstrosity?

One Vintage Jess Dress (Net-a-Porter, $2,020)

It looks like a tablecloth!  And if you really wanted a vintage, cotton, floral-printed maxi dress you can find one on etsy for $38!  How do these people get away with this?

The business model of One Vintage is simple: Find a piece in a vintage store that looks unique, jack up the price to some insane amount to make rich people with no common sense think it’s super special, and then get Net-a-Porter to sell it for you as an exclusive service.  And despite all reason, people pay these prices.  Talk about having your priorities out of whack.


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  1. KLo says:

    I was disappointed when I clicked the link. I was hoping the absurdity would be increased by the white slip being sold separately. Sigh

    June 17, 2010/Reply
  2. Jill says:

    “any imperfections which may have occurred through the years only add to the individuality of this garment.” Ha.

    June 18, 2010/Reply