Ever since I got my new sewing machine, I’ve been more attuned to styles and designs of clothes in shops.
My sewing skills are beginner but my aspirations don’t care. I want to make something and I’m mentally dissecting the clothes out there. Perhaps my brain thinks mental dissection is the equivalent of the “training pill” Neo took in The Matrix.
Going in to Zara for the first time in ages, it occurred to me that I’ve purposely been avoiding the place.
Ever since Kate Middleton shopped there, I can’t shake the feeling there are subliminal invisible-to-the-naked-eye signs everywhere:
“Kate tried this blouse on – Buy it, Be Kate”
“Kate brought this in blue- Buy it, Be Kate”
“Kate said this skirt rocks! – Buy it, Be Kate”
Perhaps it’s just me – when people flock in their thousands to buy something a celebrity has worn, don’t they mind that their entire neighbourhood will probably step out the next day in the same dress?
It’s bad enough when you see someone at the supermarket wearing the same dress as you. The consolation is that it’s one person and your friends don’t know her or her dress.
Unlike Ms Celebrity. Lots of people have seen that dress. And when they see you in it, it’s not “You look lovely in that dress!”, it’s “That’s the dress Kate whatsername wore at that do isn’t it?”
I remember when Wallis came out with that beautiful polka dot dress from Pretty Woman. Gorgeous dress but I couldn’t buy it knowing I’d feel as if I was in a Julia Roberts costume…
However, armed with my trusty machine, I could do my own version!
Imitation still? Yes, but no. Hopefully no-one will say “Oh that’s the Pretty Woman dress“.
Better yet, hopefully no-one will say, “Oh did you make that yourself dear?”
Do you buy celebrity outfits?