Style: When Designer Merchandise Gets Tacky


Luxury brands these days love to invent “gimmicky” products in an attempt to modernize their image and make them in demand. They listen to their consumers, so they have proper direction on how to market merchandise from the runway and onto store shelves. But sometimes I can’t help but wonder what these brands are thinking, other than their bottom line. I guess commercialism trumps creativity. *RIP creativity in fashion*

Unfortunately, the general direction of the consumer is this: put a logo or spell your brand name on merchandise (as long as your brand is “in”) and watch your merchandise fly off the shelves.

And this is when luxury brand merchandise becomes…well, a sellout. Case in point: the oft-counterfeited Dolce & Real “fake” Gabbana D&G shirt in different variations. Damn I can’t even keep up with the variety on the market anymore LOL.


First of all, these jerseys are, quite frankly, incredibly expensive. Back in the late ’90s, when D&G (the daughter line of Dolce & Gabbana) was still alive, baby t-shirts that spelled out D&G (without the flowers) were around US$250. You should know this. Because I bought 2 back then. I’m not proud to admit to this purchase today *cough… Tag slut* LOL. But now, these more patterned similar shirts (florals, appliqués… name it), horribly paired with floral skirts (I see them on Instagram OOTDs), are a total rip-off at what? US $1,145 on the brand’s website? Huuuwaaaaat?!?!


I like Dolce & Gabbana – her Miss Sicily bag (depending on the design) had gotten good marks in my book. I can understand why your bags are expensive. But this t-shirt? Wow, good for them for cashing in on this expensive T-shirt. And it also sells out often. But no way am I buying one. Always.

The T-shirt looks good paired with jeans, as seen in the model above. It’s not the best, but it’s okay. It’s pretty much on par with the Gucci logo t-shirt that everyone is going crazy for (splashing all over social media with their OOTDs).


But some people take the t-shirt to the next level and go all out with their other stash of designer goods. And this is when “not great” luxury merchandise gets downright tacky.

Said logo tee was teamed with a flowy print or floral skirt, and then worn with one of these shoes (in any color variation, not limited to the colors I posted below).

Valentino Rockstuds: Ugh repeat offender – these shoes, while still very popular, need to be retired. I cringe when I see “shoefies” of a bunch of women wearing them all in different colors – tight shots of all their feet, styled in a circle LOL


YSL Tributes: Yeah, I’ve heard they’re super comfortable, but NO. They too must retire. You don’t see true fashionistas shod in these unless they’re wearing floor-skimming pants or skirts that hide these shoes well


Christian Louboutin Peeptoe Platform Pumps – I know they add height, but again,unless they’re not visible to you, they’re also hideous. And yes, they are actually called “hooker heels” by many LOL! Sorry but it’s a true story!


Stella McCartney Platform Brogues: I treat with care not only Stella brogues, but all platform brogues in general. They look good on some people. But then again, not all of them, and not when they’re poorly designed.


YSL’s Opium Monogram Court Shoes: They’re pretty dressy because of the pointy toe, but again, wear them with everything else with a designer logo or monogram? Clingy!


Then these Dior J’adior Kitten Heels. See my comment on the logo/monogram shoes above (re: YSL monogram pumps)


Now that the offending shoes are off, it’s time to talk about the bag.

Do not miSunderstand. The Hermes Birkin and Kelly will always be part of my top 5 must-have bags if you have the money to buy them. But let’s talk about how these bags look with a “total look” OOTD style and not alone.

When Hermes bags are dressed in a Hermes twill, a Hermes charm,

blankand is worn with an Hermes clic clac bracelet or an Hermes Collier de Chien bracelet, finished off with an Hermes H? Fashion police, we have a problem.


Chanel bags are not spared either, sorry! The same principle applies to this bag!

blankAnd please, can these people STOP carrying these bags to formal parties (where Black tie and gowns are required)? I don’t care if it’s a crocodile or python version or how expensive the bag is (more expensive than my son’s education LOL) – when you go to a formal event (gown and all), you just don’t carry a big bag! *Big shudder*

And now, combine all of the items mentioned above for the total look: a designer logo t-shirt, designer logo belt, designer monogram shoes or the others mentioned above… and boom. You are officially a victim of the Traveling fad/tag hooker (sorry I can’t find a more PC term).

And before I wrap up this blog post, let me just say that I’m not much of a fashion figure on my own either, but I’ve learned through the years not to “ride it all out” when it comes to styling products. A well-balanced mix of obvious designer items with more subtle ones (you don’t have to show people you’re wearing a designer item, even if you are) works wonders. It’s really silly to look at when you put all that obvious designer stuff together. You can’t blame people if they laugh or do mental calculations of how much you’re worth that day…unless that’s really your agenda: make sure and make it clear that people know you *or your husband/boyfriend/lover* have money to buy expensive products from premium luxury brands. LOL!!!

So don’t be a victim of walking fashion! Exercise some restraint when putting together designer products. Trust me, it’s an eye sore. A train wreck that we can’t help but look at from time to time, but without cringing!

Disclaimer: I apologize if I offend anyone with this post. In any case,Please know that I wrote this to help you. In fact! And you could silently thank me one day for it LOL! Peace 🙂

Mood: PMS Snarky (obviously) LOL

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