Bothered by bargain bonanza

Does it really matter that it’s from Tesco, Primark, or a charity shop?

I know I’m not a fashionista. I’ll shop around and don’t get hung up on whether it’s got a tick or stripes or any other branding on it. Do I fall into that camp of sad loser because comfort is slightly more important than whether it has David Beckham’s face splashed across? Probably. So what?

OK, so you might like your fashion and it’s great that people across the world do. It’s their choice, but the amount of news articles that have appeared on my feed recently telling me that Ruth Langsford has been seen in a £15 dress from Primark, or that she got a ‘bargain dress from Tesco’ really doesn’t bother me. Scroll on, you say? Yeah, I do, but it’s just got me a bit infuriated. Why?

There’s always this presumption that we want to follow what daytime TV presenters are wearing, hence why Holly Willoughby tweets each day about her outfit, and so many fans will rush out to mimic the look. Great, good for them, but now we’ve got the papers saying ‘look, so it’s dirt cheap even the celebs are doing it. They’re on a par with you’, when we know that’s just not the case.

Sure, they’ve started shopping in their local supermarket. Has anyone ever thought they perhaps don’t care about the price tag but just like the look of it? It’s not a case of them coming down to our level and favouring the cheaper brands to be with the masses. It builds their own brand and following, that’s all it does.

You sit there and think, ‘wow, she looks nice today, but I’d never afford that’. Suddenly, you find she shopped at a supermarket and grabbed a bargain that you could have too and you’re in awe, but then what happens? You get trapped in that spiral of ‘if she can afford that, what else does she have that I can afford?’ ad infinitum. Then you realise that you’re buying less Tesco and more Waitrose, less Primark and more Nike, less McDonalds and more Gastropub. Soon enough, you’re shopping at Selfridges, buying clothes from Versace, and eating at The Ritz.

I don’t begrudge them buying what they like (maybe I do, I don’t know), but what I do begrudge is the papers ramming it down our throats like it’s more important than the atrocities facing us in the world such as the protests in Hong Kong, children going missing whilst on holiday, and Boris Johnson’s hairstyle which also seems to be more important than the loss of our NHS.

I don’t like to turn to politics or get too angry on my blogs. This is a space for dealing with creativity and mental health, but who’s being creative with their style choices if they’re following a guru who’s on TV two hours a day? They’re merely being sheep. As for your mental health, mine’s on a downward spiral reading the rubbish about the cheap dresses they’ve donned.

It’s a slippery slope, but it’s OK, because they’re just at our level. Sure! Langsford alone (and don’t get me wrong, I’ve nothing against her as a person) has a current net worth of £4.1 million, Willoughby of more than £10 million. Maybe when I’m on that with circa 500,000 followers, I’ll consider sharing with the world that I’m on their level and buying from the bargain bin. Of course, you’d believe I’m on your level still, wouldn’t you? You’d care what I’m wearing? No? Didn’t think so.

Does it really matter that it’s from Tesco, Primark, or a charity shop?

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2 thoughts on “Bothered by bargain bonanza”

  1. Does it really matter that it’s from Tesco, Primark, or a charity shop? In short, no. but.

    Shopping in a charity shop can often be better for your wallet but also the planet. I’ve found some really good bargains when it comes to clothes. I’ve got a full Austin Reed suit that fit me, a pair of brand new shoes, countless t shirts. It’s a good way to reuse items of clothes that people no longer want.

    So, when I hear that a friend had got that top they like from a charity shop, I admire them for one saying where they’d got it, and two for being savvy.

    1. Absolutely! Having just had a clear out I’ve donated three suits that were too big for me to charity. They were in my wardrobe ‘in case’ I put the weight back on. I haven’t and they’ve not been worn for a year. Somebody else can use them and get equal pleasure from them.

      I’ve also picked up some really nice shirts from Asda and Sainsbury that do just fine…do I shout about it? No (unless that’s sort of what I’m doing now, of course)

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