Saturday, July 12, 2008

The lack of creativity is really just mind boggling.

On the same vein as Clotheshorse...kind of.

So being the fashion foward(ish) person that I am, of course I love the hipster chic of Urban Outfitters, and American Apparel(more on THEM later).

I think I own this in cream. Except I bought it for $5 at Value Village.

Lately I've been finding my self simultaniously inspired and pissed off by UO's website, especially the Urban Renewal section.

Now, call me crazy, but I think it's complete crap that this flannel shirt, an item which lurks in thrift stores EVERYWHERE (at least in North America) is FORTY EIGHT DOLLARS. I've bought mine for oh, 4, maybe 5 dollars AT MOST.

This just made me laugh.

Really, at $58, it's ACTUALLY A JOKE.
Anyone heard of Salvation Army, a white denim jacket, leftover from the 90s, and RIT dye?!?!?!

Retails AT $48, USD.
need I say more?

Now, American Apparel does this too, but in different ways. Although I am all for ethical workforces but the prices on some items are SO insane, considering a comparable item could be found for FAR less. The neon denim skirts, oversized tees and acid wash jeans are probably hidden somewhere in your local thrift store, all you have to do is look more than once! My favourite article of clothing, my black high waisted skirt, was a $2 thrift. I was surprised when I went to AA a couple months later and saw their version of my skirt, retailing at $36!

I'm sorry, I never do super long posts, but this has really been bothering me. Just so you know, I love both UO and AA, it's just frustrating sometimes to see bloggers and stylish people who don't realize there is SO MUCH more than just a couple of (if you think about it) mass produced hipster threads.


Sally Jane Vintage said...

I agree. UO and AA have become more and more overpriced. It is much better I think to explore your local thrift store.

The Glam Life said...

I thought I was the only person feeling this way. I have actually never been to UO's website so I will be visiting very soon, but I visit AA's all the time and I too thought their clothing was just too expensive. Especially since the clothing is such basic pieces. Anyway, would you like to exchange links? My blog, I have already added you to my blog list and I also wanted to know if I could feature you on my blog?

Rebecca, A Clothes Horse said...

I'm completely on the same page as you! UO is so alluring because I can find all the pieces easily that I like and have options in fit and size, thrifting is a little more difficult. But in the end, either the sale section or thrift shops for me.

S.S. said...

I know exactly what you mean. I remember when Urban used to sell shoes straight from chinatown (which were $3.50) and sold them for $20. They still do this now, but in sneakier ways. Suzie's deals also sells clothes from American apparel and Forever 21 and everything in the store is under $5.99. I love American Apparel but I've never bought anything from the regular stores. I always shop at their factory store in downtown LA where everything is sale price or less.


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