Hello my lovelies! As always I hope that you are well.
Lately I have noticed some things about people nowadays, in particularly, the young people who live in my house. This is also something that Morgan and I have discussed before and I am just at that point where I must now give you my opinion. This “thing” is the obsession with brands and brand names. Now before I have someone comment saying “everything has a brand,” I already know that. I’m talking about major brands. Before I go on, I want to say that I love all of these brands, I do not love the price tag that comes with some of their products though (this means you should save your money and then buy one or two items that you had been wanting), my point is more toward the obsession that one must have every article of clothing be name brand and expensive when it is unnecessary.
So many people are absolutely obsessed with having every article of clothing they own be a certain brand or certain few brands. And what’s more, brand names literally equal more money. The more fashionable a clothing line is the higher the price when the quality may be that of a clothing line with a much more affordable price tag.
Now, as you have guessed this is kind of a rant, but, I’m also really tired of my sisters (yep, my sisters) getting upset when they aren’t bought four pairs of jeans apiece for school at $100 a pair, or when one sister demanded that my parents take her to a store an hour away so that she could have $120 shoes for work (let’s point out that she already had shoes, but they weren’t brand name) the morning before her first shift, or even when she told me that it was more important for her to wear my sweatshirt (that was a gift when I graduated high school) because she received compliments from “popular kids.” WHAT?
Why are people so shallow? Want to know something? In the last five years I have worn actual jeans so few times that I can count it on my hands. I worked almost everyday after school throughout high school, so, it was easier to wear my work pants (which are just black yoga pants) to school, and, it was really comfortable and being as tired as I was, worked out really well. High school is a time that you should spend studying and readying for the next step in your life (college), not trying to “out-dress” everyone and break the bank.
Most of the time it’s parents who have to pay for these clothes and gadgets (yes, it’s not just clothing, it is also technology) and most families are probably like mine, we don’t have the money to pay for the house, cars, insurance, household utilities, cell phones, groceries, AND buy THREE kids new top brand clothing all year long. Most families make it by with a little spending money left over to make life a little more fun, but not many can add in expensive clothing and still have fun without racking up a credit card bill that, yet again, has to be paid.
Now, why? Why do many young people feel the need to have the most expensive everything, when the quality is rarely any different than many of the brands that are not so expensive. In my lifetime I have worn many different brands (many were hand me downs from older cousins that they had worn once or twice and didn’t want anymore, but I had my own as well) so when I say that quality is not a big issue I mean it. The only clothing items that I am convinced there is a quality difference in are shoes and bras, but, I have had an expensive shirt that has been poor quality and a cheaper shirt that is still being worn years after it’s purchase.
Listen, I’m not your mother and I’m not your financial advisor, but, at some point you have to know that no one really cares about the price of your clothes or if they were the top brand. If we all chose our friends in this manner would we have the same friends? To top that, would the quality of those friendships be the same? Shallowness is overrated. You wouldn’t pick your friends because of the size of their bank account so why are people convinced the price tag is the way to pick our clothes?
P.S. I love you all and I don’t want to sound mean or angry, I just think that maybe it’s time that we all think about how much we spend on our wardrobe and if it’s really worth it.