I went shopping recently for a dress for a certain formal-ish occasion. Spent quite a few hours doing it, to no avail. So I decided to look online instead. I thought that would save me some time and effort.
Ever look for clothing online? On my computer, the photos can take quite a while to load, although some sites are a lot better than others. And then really looking at each dress takes quite a while, too. Then when you click on one you like, you discover it’s not available in your size, or not in the right color, or not available at all.
Or, when you order it and it arrives, it doesn’t fit right or doesn’t look good, and you often have to pay to return it. Then, back to the drawing board—or the stores, in person.
Ah, woe is me! I know, I know—first-world problems.
However, what I really wanted to say is this: I was looking at dresses online at a few stores, and for the most part the prices were relatively reasonable, considering these were cocktail dresses or evening dresses—in the $100 to $250 range. But then suddenly, without warning, there would be a huge leap, and the dress prices would be like these.
Take a good look at that link. 4K for this little number? I know designer clothes are constructed far better than dresses for us peons, but how much better? Nearly four thousand dollars better, for a dress that looks like it’s maybe $75 off the rack, and isn’t what you’d call a remarkable feat of tailoring?
Sorry, I don’t get it.
Or this hideousity, a steal at $3,660? It makes even the model look a trifle fat, and that’s quite a feat:
There are some pretty dresses there, too, of course. But not all that pretty, and certainly not pretty enough to justify those prices, and not consistently prettier than the far more reasonable ones.
Seems to me that couture clothing used to look more special and more beautiful. Or maybe it’s the glow of memory. I wonder—have the couture clothes gotten worse, or have the ready-made clothes gotten better? My vote is for the first.
[NOTE: By the way, that Nordstrom’s website I linked to is one of the best and fastest-loading. Bravo and kudos, Nordstrom’s! On the other hand, boos to Lord & Taylor’s website. Much room for improvement.]