Is that new dress worth the splurge? Let’s see how much cheaper it would cost to try and re-create the same designer look:
We can certainly appreciate the craftsmanship of a well-made designer dress. However, sometimes, it makes very little difference in presentation whether or not what you’re wearing costs over 3x as much as much as a similar ensemble.
The few times high-cost in designer clothing can be worth the price you’re paying:
1) The quality of fabric – cashmere, silk, leather, etc…
2) Service – does the store offer great service (alterations? selection? appointment with qualified and informed stylists? extensive knowledge on what makes the product unique? etc…)?
3) Shoes – Poorly made shoes are just plain bad for you. They’re uncomfortable, they need to be replaced more often than well-made shoes, and they affect the “spring in your step”.
The key thing to remember is that THE WOMAN MAKES THE CLOTHES. In the end, it’s YOU who dictates your presentation, not the garment – irrespective of its price or craftsmanship.
(Sources: experience shopping and buying too many clothes, experience working in clothing stores, pageant-training, conversations with salespeople, etc…)