I’ve seen the worn look in new clothing before, but it seems like it has gotten out of control.
I mean, just look at those two outfits in the photo above.
If I ever went to visit my mom 30 years ago looking like that, I would have never heard the end of it. She would probably have driven me to the mall herself to buy me a new outfit.
But what I really find bothersome about this “tattered look”, is how expensive it is.
I’m not sure how much the distressed clothing in the photo above costs, but it was just worn on the streets during recent Paris fashion weeks, so I’m sure the cost of each outfit exceeded my clothing budget for the past couple of years combined.
I do have some prices, however, on some similar type of clothing, thanks to a recent Wall Street Journal story by Michelle Ruiz.
These sneakers, by Golden Goose, deliberately made to look dirty and worn in, cost $425.
This ripped skirt, by R13, costs $450. To be honest, I really don’t how much a skirt should cost, but this seems a bit high. Especially given the condition it’s in.
This tattered cardigan, by Balmain Sweater, costs $2,295. That’s not a typo; it really costs over two-thousand dollars.
I’ve written several times about how foolish I think it is to spend this kind of money on clothing in general. But to spend it on this kind of clothing seems not only foolish but insulting as well.
If you want that distressed look, then just keep wearing the same pieces of clothing for several years. Then you can claim your outfit is “authentic”, and you will be telling the truth.
*top photo is from the WSJ story noted in this post.