It’s time to discuss this topic. The topic being, snobby vs just having expensive taste. Totally two different things but some how people who don’t have expensive taste seem to think it’s the same thing. I really beg to differ and I will tell you exactly why. Let me start by defining what a real snob is:
“A snob is someone who believes that some people are inherently inferior to him or her for any one of a variety of reasons, including real or supposed intellect, wealth, education,ancestry, taste, beauty, nationality, etcetera. Often, the form of snobbery reflects the snob’s personal attributes. For example, a common snobbery of the affluent is the belief that wealth is either the cause or result of superiority, or both.”
Basically it’s someone who thinks they are better than you. OK, now that I have defined what a snob is to all of you let me explain to you what having expensive taste is too. Please, remember this is a totally personal opinion and please don’t take is so seriously.
I’m not a snob! Why? I really don’t care how or on what other people spend their money, what clothes they wear and I certainly don’t consider myself better than someone else based on what one has or wears. However, like I mentioned before I do have expensive taste. I think it’s partly because I was brought up by parents whit an expensive taste so that has shaped me a little to be the person I am today. The other reason why I have expensive taste is because I like things that are perfect and look nice. This is where quality comes in. I’m not saying that everything that is expensive is of better quality than less expensive items but most of the time you are paying for quality and yes of course you are also paying for the brand name or designer, we all know that.
I did a little bit of research before writing this article. I bought a few of the same items and washed them equal amounts of times to see if there was a relation between the price tag and quality of these items. I bought a pair of yoga pants from Forever 21 and a pair of yoga pants from Lulu Lemon. The difference in price was about 100 CAD. The pants from Forever 21 where most def not as black after a few washes as they were when I purchased them. However, the Lulu Lemon pants looked exactly the same as they did when I purchased them. I also bought a tank top from H&M and one from James Perse. Same thing happend here. The H&M color faded after a few washes and the stitching started to come un-done. Don’t get me wrong this does not mean that I always spend tons of money of everything I buy. I just chose which items are more important to me as opposed to others.
Personally, I rather buy one item that I LOVE, that is of good quality and looks amazing on me than ten items that are of lesser quality and might have to be replaced in the near future as well as don’t look as amazing on. Get my drift…? I think that a lady should always look well composed weather she is going to a fancy dinner party or for a run in the park. Sloppy clothes result in a sloppy look. I don’t want to generalise here but some old, stretch-out tracksuit pants wont look as good as a nice pair of well fitting exercise pants. We can all agree on that one right?
I also believe that two items that are worth splurging on a little are shoes and handbags. Shoes and handbags are items that are mostly worn on a daily basis, during rain or shine which means they are the items to get worn out the fastest in a ladies closet. That is why I think it’s totally worth spending more on these items. Buying a pair of good leather shoes/boots and a good quality handbag weather it be leather or another material will last you for quite some time.
What’s the first thing you look at when you meet someone? I personally look at the shoes and the bag or if it’s a guy I look at their shoes and their wallet (if they take it out after inviting me to a glass of bubbly *wink*wink*). Seriously though, I think that these items leave a tremendous first impression when you meet someone. I also think that you can sort figure out what kind of person someone is by looking at how they are dressed or carry themselves for that matter. Maybe they are messy or very tidy etc. So, what I’m trying to say here is that if you buy a good (most likely more expensive) pair of shoes or a handbag it will last you much longer and more importantly look nicer for longer. I have Louis Vuitton bags that I’ve had for years (some for 10 years) and they look brand new! Yes, brand new! I also have a pair of leather boots (bought for a 1000 CAD) that are a few years old, been through real Montreal winters and they still look fantastic. Totally worth the price tag if you ask me.
Another point of view why I’m not a snob but I admit to having an expensive taste is that some how I always and I mean always pick up the most expensive item when browsing or shopping. I tend to look and try on things without looking at the price tags till after I have decided if I like the item or not and most of the time it results in a mini heart-attack once I get a glimpse of the price tag. Oh yeah lovelies, this truly the story of my life….why can’t I like the cheaper things? I don’t know it remains a mystery to me.
However, having an expensive taste come with some pros if you ask me. When I buy expensive items such as handbags for example I see it as an investment. For example, a Chanel classic flap-bag will never go out of style, is of great quality and it will most likely sell for a higher price than what you bought it for and same goes for all the Hermes items. Another example I can give you is about watches. I rather buy one expensive watch that looks AMAZING and is a well-known and well-established brand than ten watches that will break and go out of style. A watch like Rolex will never go out of style, is very durable, looks amazing and is totally and investment especially as gold prices are going up. In-fact I think that you can save money or spend your money more wisely when buying “expensive” items that will last you a long time or become investments instead of “blowing” your money on trinkets and other stuff. Once again this is a personal opinion and I’m sure there is a lot of you out there that don’t agree with me at all but c’est la vie.
At the end of the day, everyone has their own taste and their own way of living their lives. I know I have expensive taste and I think there is ABSOLUTELY nothing wrong with it. I like to say quality before quantity and one day you will have a closet filled with gorgeous items that will become classic time pieces. I have actually written quite a few posts under the heading A FASHIONISTAS GUIDE about how to “build” your closet, what items are “must haves” and other tips and tricks, you can read it HERE.
In conclusion I want to say I have big dreams, I love good music and you know it, I have an expensive taste. I also like to say that “The best things in life are free but the second best arevery expensive. I hope you enjoyed this post and I hope you now understand the difference between snobs and girls that just have an expensive taste. Please feel free to share your opinion, I would love to hear what you think on this subject. Do you feel the same way or do you look at this from a whole other perspective? Either way I want to know!