Missing the Bandwagon - une femme d'un certain âge

Missing the Bandwagon

Une femme is as susceptible to mass fashion hysteria as the next gal, but there are some items generally regarded as Fashion Holy Grail that I just. do. not. get.
Take, for example, Birkin bags. Yes, they’re handmade, they’re exquisite, they’re next to impossible to get, the workmanship is unparalleled, yada yada yada. So why do women insist on carrying them gaping open and straps askew, conjuring the image of a slack-jawed old man in a stained undershirt with belt undone snoring away in his recliner? I mean, if this is handbag royalty, is there some sort of über status in carrying it like a peasant toting turnips? If you’re spending a few month’s mortgage payment on your arm candy, why not show it off to its best advantage? Or is the bag actually so inconvenient to get into and re-close that the owners have just given up? If so, is it really such a fabulous bag?
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  1. Vildy
    December 9, 2007 / 10:43 pm

    And also, it demonstrates that you can afford to lose anything out of it or have your wallet lifted.

  2. La Belette Rouge
    December 9, 2007 / 8:58 pm

    Maybe, like you suggest, the mishandling of the iconic bag creates an enhancement of image. The purse abuser is so enormously wealthy that they can be cavalier about a purse that costs the same as a Honda.

  3. Duchesse
    December 10, 2007 / 6:18 pm

    Kind of like that offhand rich look. Remember my godmother doing laundry with a string of huge, exquisite pearls slung over her back. I don’t enjoy the thin, tense, trophy look… if I had a Birkin I’d wear it with a skirt and sweater or if I were younger, jeans.

  4. December 10, 2007 / 7:36 pm

    Miss Janey cannot get with the whole “it” bag phenom. Also, she’s not a fan a bags as big as suitcases. Perhaps it’s so heavy, the burden of carrying it overwhelms the carrier.

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