Oscar de la Renta // was a man who knew the true meaning of elegance. The gift of showcasing the beauty in each + every woman he created a one of a kind masterpiece for has left behind a legacy which he forged for over five decades. Through his artform: Fashion Design; Mr. Oscar de la Renta became one of the most influential icons within the Modern Fashion World. So what does this icon, whose individual styles run for ↑ of thousands of dollars a piece, have to do with BARGAINS? Everything.
My mom and I visited the de Young Museum in San Francisco a few weeks back, purchasing two $30 tickets; we leisurely strolled t five decadent rooms adorned with 121 beautifully displayed works of art created by the Dominican Republic native. Oscar De La Renta: The Retrospective w us to view the masterpieces Oscar crafted throughout the decades. It was fascinating. The man did not make clothes. He created art. The man hand sketched masterpieces with the utmost care + respect for each stitch, pattern placement, + trim adorning his breathtaking visions. Visions he made a reality. Inspired by his travels, various passions such as gardening, + beauty; he was the man who dressed the most diverse personalities + celebrities: from four First Ladies to our very own Taylor Swift.
This exhibit reinforced the importance of a BARGAIN; the real difference between an ‘eh’ item we purchased for half-off simply because we recognized the label. Guess what? It was probably made in China + has a reason it is half-off. Or what about last season’s fall trend holding on for its dear polyester life as it dangles from a plastic hanger? Not. Worth. It.
This illusion is similar to the myth that ↑ PRICE =↑ QUALITY. EH. Wrong. Slapping a label on an item does not necessarily mean this Designer Item was created any differently than our favorite thrift store thread. That “Label” inflates the price; making this Designer Piece more expensive + a complete waste of our hard earned cash.
In no way am I saying we all go out + purchase items we know are the “Cream of the Crop”: Such as an Hermès Bag or a Chanel Coat. We must just examine our purchases before swiping our cards or inputting out CVV. // Urgh, don’t ever memorize all your CC #. L // We have to think: Is this$59.99 faux leather jacket for adorned with the details that rule every inch of this season’s staple trends worth it? Or does it make more sense to stash away an additional $115+tax so we can $175.00 real leather classic jacket that will last us season after season? Consider quality. Consider wearability. Consider when to save. Consider when to splurge.
If you don’t know where to begin, start by visiting Banana Republic. Head straight to the ‘SALE RACK’ + do not pass ‘GO.’ Their quality is impeccable; especially in comparison to their sale prices. Their markdowns are mind-blowing at times + please, don’t get me started on their sales…Oh btw, it’s Nordstrom’s Half Yearly Sale currently. Need I say more?
So FABS, // remember that if it’s a “must-have splurge,” place it in your cart online + wait until it goes on sale. Or allow yourself that one ‘Hall Pass’ if it’s that one timeless, chic staple which will maintain it’s integrity year after year.
And thank you to Mr. de la Renta. Not for designing S.J.P.’s + Penelope Cruz’s Met Gala Dresses, but for living a life where you celebrated women as individuals, for leaving a transformative imprint in the World of Fashion, + for reminding us all the importance of QUALITY above all else.