On my first solo excursion into the great city of Lille, France, I found myself on a self guided tour of the incredible fashion district. The shopping in Lille is really great and provides loads of amazing inspiration for this blog.
Unbeknownst to me, I ended up in the part of town that is basically designer shop after designer shop after designer shop. I get a little giddy when I see names of designers that I recognize because they are not names that I get to see very often living in rural Western Maryland, so I had to check them all out.
As it turns out, by my standards there is no such thing as “something cheap” in Antwerp. I very easily could’ve spent half of my student stipend for food and housing on an amazing sweatshirt but I decided against it, and rightfully so. After that, I found it sufficient to just allow myself to absorb the presence of the clothes and vibe of the store, which is second best only behind actually buying the clothes.
I don’t know what it is, but there is something about being in the presence of expensive clothes and cutting-edge fashion that just gets me goin’. I spent an entire day going from store to store just touching clothes and looking at price tags I could only dream of not caring about.
Let’s get one thing straight, it’s not necessarily the price of the clothes that excites me (trust me). If I could tell you specifically what it is, though, I would. It’s just that je ne sais quoi of really dope and creative fashion. The pretty, the fluffy, the gorgeous, and the ugly. It’s hard not to appreciate the artistry that went into every decision, every fabric, every color.
The trouble with expensive taste is that you often end up one of two ways:
- Walking around “absorbing the presence” of clothes all day (gag). or,
- With bags full of amazing clothes and a bank account full of… nothing.
It’s a choice you must make for yourself, but a choice with which I sympathize and understand completely. If you’re like me you’ll find yourself in either or both of the two at any given moment. Good luck.