“You bought that from where?”
“Ew, I’d never shop there.”
“I wouldn’t be caught dead with one of their carrier bags.”
“That shop is for old people.”
Phrases I’ve heard way too often. I remember the days of PE in school and the horror of not having my brand spanking new Jane Norman bag to carry my kit in. In that time, I didn’t even like Jane Norman. I would literally beg my mum to buy me a mini skirt that I hated, just so I could say I owned a Jane Norman piece, and get the ever-famous bag. Looking back, I have no idea why I’d put myself through that nonsense, and I’m sure I’m not alone in that boat.
Nowadays, in a time of adulating and having to actually budget – I shop wherever I want, whenever I want, however I want. There will always be stores that have a reputation committed to them: one shop is for a certain type of girl, one shop is for a certain age group and another is just for rich people. I just don’t care anymore. I’m too grown for that kind of ridiculousness.
Being a snobby shopper faded pretty quickly in adulthood for me, mainly because I refuse to spend £60 on a top when I can buy the same one for £12 elsewhere. Another thing I’ve realised is that 70% of the clothing I like is found in shops I wouldn’t have stepped into six years ago. Charity shops, for example, they’re an absolute gold mine when it comes to finding staple pieces. From time to time the most valuable items are hidden in the most unexpected places. I bought a faux fur coat from a local Sue Ryder last week, and it’s realistically the highest quality garment I’ve ever owned. Seriously, I feel like Angelina Jolie mixed with Rihanna when I put it on.
SHOP THE LOOK
I’m not here to shade luxurious shops either. They’re usually lavish because the products are remarkable. However, it’s best not to limit yourself to a certain price range, or type of shop because it has a ‘classier’ character connected to it. For example, half the things you find in John Lewis, you’ll find in Argos too – and probably for a cheaper amount. It takes the urge to get out there and actually shop around, rather than sticking to the same three stores.
I did a little exploring recently and bought this top from Romwe. The brand gets quite a lot of buzz on YouTube when it comes to reviews, but I actually really like my purchase. It was definitely worth it, and I’m so glad I took a chance.
As I’ve grown as a person, I’ve learned that silly stigmas and specific brands just don’t matter anymore. Sure, I’ll still wear Nike because I like to have a little tick on my trainers, but it doesn’t mean I’m going to ignore every other brand out there, Sports Direct has one of the best ranges of affordable sportswear I’ve ever seen. It’s a matter of humbling yourself, which can be one of the most difficult things to do. It means ignoring those little opinions in your ear, and never believing you’re above particular shoppers or a store.
TOP TIPS ON BEATING THE SNOBBY SHOPPER ATTITUDE
01: ACTUALLY TRY SHOPPING ELSEWHERE
02: EXPLORE LOCAL BUSINESSES
03: FIND FASHION INSPO
04: REALISE THE ONLY OPINION THAT MATTERS IS MY OWN
05: BUY WHAT I LIKE, NOT WHAT THEY LIKE
06: BUILD AN OUTFIT FROM OVERLOOKED STORES
One thing that really gets on my nerves is keyboard warriors shaming others for where they shop. It’s 2017 – shop wherever the hell you want to. Buy what you like, and if you like it, wear it.
The same goes for makeup, the number of comments I’ve seen online of users shaming another account for using a drugstore product is alarming. I like to be open-minded when it comes to cosmetics. I’m aware that designer foundations, like EL’s Double Wear, are amazing, but I don’t wear it every day. I wear Maybelline’s Fit Me Matte and it basically feels the same. The difference? £20 in price. That’s £20 I can spend on food: win-win.
The point I’m getting at is that it doesn’t matter where you shop. Majority of the items you’ll see on this blog are high-street because, in reality, I’m a very casual person who likes very casual outfits. Sometimes the more expensive stores just don’t carry what I like! Likewise, wear what you want to wear, and shop where you want to shop. If a certain brand has it, go buy it! Treat yo self 2017 x