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When asked if having money implies style, the quick response given by almost anyone in fashion would be an obvious no.  But I want to dissect this idea.  Moving to New York this summer has taught me a lot about myself, and my bank account.  I find myself comparing myself to those around me more than I ever have in the past; whether it’s a thin girl on the street, a coworker’s designer outfit, or my foodie friend’s ability to eat out at every amazing restaurant.  The comparison born from deep uncertainty within myself is whether my style is comparable, or even trumps, that of someone who has a lot of money at his or her disposal.  

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Maybe it’s because I work in luxury that I see luxury goods in a new light, but there is something magical about a Chloe purse and a Cartier bangle.  The idea that few other people can afford this and own it, but you can.  However, this doesn’t mean you can’t have style without these pieces.  If your style is one of a kind, nobody else can have it but you and that is something special.

After weeks of questioning my look (and myself), I’ve decided that money doesn't imply style, but that style is in the eye of the beholder.   When I was little and would play dress up, I would put on what clothes I wanted to wear to match the character I was portraying or the mood I was in that particular day.   To this day, nothing has really changed.  I still wake up in the morning and stand in my closet for about fifteen minutes staring at the racks of clothing, creating something, anything, that fits who I want to be that day — maybe it’s kitten heels and skinny jeans, maybe it’s a faux fur coat and leather leggings, heck, maybe it’s sweatpants and my slippers.  

The creative process behind an outfit, not the price tag, is what makes the look memorable.

The point is: someone who doesn’t necessarily have style, but has money, could go into her (or his) closet, pick her current go-to black Alice + Olivia dress, pair it with mediocre shoes and call it a day.  That’s not art... that’s easy.  The creative process behind an outfit, not the price tag, is what makes the look memorable.  Don’t get me wrong, I love window shopping the luxury goods, but to all the girls out there who don’t own that Louis Vuitton bag, yet, it doesn’t mean you are any lesser in the fashion world than someone who has three of them.

 

 

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