Fashion Police Poll: Are you a fashion snob?

Fashion_snob_2 A few days ago, The Fashion Police happened to overhear a conversation between a couple of women who were talking loudly – and, indeed, proudly – about how they were “fashion snobs”.

By this they meant that they would only ever buy designer labels, and “wouldn’t be seen dead” in stores like Primark, Matalan, Asda or any of the cheap fashion emporiums of their ilk. (Think Forever 21, Charlotte Russe, Walmart, etc, if you’re in the States).

This got us wondering: how many of you would also consider yourselves to be “fashion snobs”? Are there certain brands you just won’t buy, because you consider them “cheap”, or because you’re embarrassed to tell people you shop there?

You’ll find our answer to that question, plus a poll, after the jump…

For ourselves, no, we definitely don’t consider ourselves to be fashion snobs. To put it simply, we’ll shop anywhere, from Primark to Prada, and if we like it, we’ll buy it – assuming, of course, that we can afford it. (Because your Fashion Police are responsible, folks.)

That’s not to say that we never discriminate, of course. There are certain stores we tend to avoid, for various reasons –  but none of those reasons include “embarrassment” or not wanting people to see us wearing a particular brand.

33 Comments

  • December 9, 2008

    Hannah

    I’ll shop anywhere that has nice clothing! I know some girls who only shop in Topshop – as in everything, right down to the underwear… quite sad really. I have my favourite shops though: River Island, Topshop, Oasis, Warehouse and Miss Selfridges – however, I only shop in the more expensive high street shops during sales. I tend to not buy so much from Primark now because I’d rather buy a cardigan for twice as much which will also look twice as nice and last twice as long! As for designer, I only wish… I’m a student so I don’t have much hope in wearing £400 shoes (nor can I justify buying them).

  • December 9, 2008

    gokarm

    That’s a good point. I used to buy the cheap stuff in massive amounts but I’m sick of throwing everything out after a couple of washs so now I do spend a little more on great quality pieces instead of stocking up on 5 dollar sweaters and 50 cent earrings. (yes, I’m american lol). I think it’s mostly a maturity thing.

  • December 9, 2008

    hsargent

    I tend not to shop at chain stores (American Eagle, A&F, etc) not because I don’t want to wear cheaper brands but because I would prefer not to look like everyone I go to school with.
    The area I live in doesn’t actually have a Charlotte Russe or a Forever 21. There is a Walmart close by but I won’t shop there because of their terrible corporate policies.
    Also, I too decided a couple of years ago that it was worth buying things that were better quality that would last longer and fit better.

  • December 9, 2008

    Moni

    I don’t buy certain brands for the exact opposite reason: I don’t want to look like a fashion victim/snob. I buy things because I like them and they suit me, not because there’s a logo on them.
    Also certain brands are worn mostly by people I just don’t want to be associated with, like all this hip hop style stuff.
    I agree with gokarm that this may be a maturity thing, somebody with a good taste and some self confidence can look stylish in anything. :)

  • December 9, 2008

    Michelle

    Cost and quality aren’t necessarily related. I will happily pay for quality, but am not overly concerned about where I find it. I’d rather find something I like than a label or store name.

  • December 9, 2008

    kdot6

    I don’t think I’m a fashion snob (one of my favourite dresses is from Tescos) But I won’t shop just anywhere.
    I like to think I consider the quality and value of clothing before buying it, but also the ethics. I stopped buying at Benetton, because of their ad campaigns in the 90s, I’m not a fan of Primark, due to their child labour record. (I kn ow its all apparently checked now, but the fact that they didn’t before…)
    And then theres the age thing, of course. I’m all done with Topshop and its ilk now. It doesn’t fit me, doesn’t suit me, and I’m just too darn old!(at 28!)

  • December 9, 2008

    Evelyn

    I tend toward classic styles, mostly because I have to dress for the office each day. Black, brown, grey with LOTS of colour and accessories is my basic diet. That being said, I buy what I like (within my budget, but don’t ask me what that is this week, tho:o)
    Long story short, if I love it, it’s MINE!!!

  • December 9, 2008

    Steph

    Not in the least. If I can afford it, and I like it, I buy it :) Mind you, I probably go the other way – I can’t see myself ever buying anything designer, partly because I am a poor, poor student, and partly because I’ve always thought that it is a bit of a waste to spend so much money. I’m a reverse-snob, perhaps?

  • December 9, 2008

    chocoholic

    I’m a reverse snob too. I HATE when people buy something just for the brand name.
    I love a good bargain!

  • December 9, 2008

    bookmole

    You get what you pay for. So no Primark or George. But def TK Max, Bhs, Marks (showing my age now!). But being a size 20 limits my options anyways. Monsoon is good for clothes that fit that aren’t way over the top, specially in the sales.
    But my favourite shops of all are charity shops. Even if you get it home and three wears later, decide it is horrible, it probably only cost a fiver.

  • December 9, 2008

    bluefemme65

    I would be so embarrased to be caught wearing, “Ed Hardy”. Or a fleur de lis symbol on my clothes.

  • December 9, 2008

    Zoe

    If it’s nice and well made then I’ll buy it. While I don’t shop at some cheap stores, like Forever 21, I don’t think it’s snobbery on my part- their clothing is badly made, and I don’t like spending my hard-earned money on something that will fall apart after a couple wears.
    But I don’t limit myself to designer brands for two reasons: 1) I can’t afford to. I’m a college student who works part-time as a nanny. As much as I’d like to I can’t afford Prada. 2)It limits me. My favorite pair of boots I bought for 30 dollar at Kohl’s, my favorite pair of shoes period are a pair of silver sequined baller flats I bought for eighteen dollars at Blue Tulip. I love my Levi jeans and Junk food tees. I like to shop at thrift stores and consignment shops for good deals, it’s fun.

  • December 10, 2008

    Anna

    I’m not exactly a fashion snob– Charlotte Russe is amazing– but I would NEVER be caught dead buying WALMART clothes. That’s just drawing the line. But I don’t think the price or designer really matters. If I like something, I’ll wear it.

  • December 10, 2008

    Zoe

    Reverse brand snob, too. I get so disgruntled with so-called high-end brands audacity to ask for a small fortune for a simple tank top, I can’t be bothered to spend my money there. I do value creativity, and that tends to be lacking in the high street cheapo stores. I solve that by making a lot myself, and by dropping by the occasional second hand store. Or by ordering stuff online, lately.

  • December 10, 2008

    Kathleen

    Even if I had tons of money, I still love a good bargain. I love clothes from affordable stores like Old Navy and H&M. But even at the affordable stores, I look for clothing of decent quality (no falling seams or anything) and if I can afford better quality clothes (though not necessarily designer), I buy them.

  • December 10, 2008

    Celeste

    I’ll shop anywhere, if I avoid a store it’s because I don’t like their quality, fit, or atmosphere.

  • December 10, 2008

    Rock Hyrax

    Also a poor student, but even when I was working I’d avoid designer items that were obviously branded as such. Sometimes I worry about where the clothes were made (i.e. working conditions) if they’re really cheap but I’ve heard this problem isn’t restricted to low price brands so never really know what to do.

  • December 10, 2008

    Lisa

    You know what I love? That more than one person in here said they will not shop at a certain store for humanitarian reasons. I think that’s really fantastic!

  • December 10, 2008

    Katie

    I’ll shop anyway, really, but I try to avoid buying cheap clothing that won’t last, i.e. Walmart, D.E.B’s, and Old Navy.

  • December 10, 2008

    Heather

    I have been attempting to teach my daughters (ages 9 and 11) that poorly made isn’t worth it and well made is only if you are going to hold on to it and continue to wear it for ages. I don’t do Walmart due to some of their policies (no problem with corporations, just issues with their donations) but my grandmother does and has bought the girls numerous things that fell apart within a few washings. Such a waste when i can go to the local thrift shop and buy a nearly new very well made outfit that cost the original owner 10 times the Walmart price and cost me a pittance. And a lot of the big name places are just as cheaply made as Walmart (I know because I find them at the thrift shop, falling to bits.) Am I a snob? Well, not a fashion snob but I hate poorly made junk regardless of where it comes from but will only pay as much as something is worth to me.

  • December 10, 2008

    eliza

    Fashion snob? Yes. Shamelessly.
    With a few exceptions, high street stuff looks cheap, falls apart, doesn’t fit, or any combination of the above. Add that to the thought of the army of 10 y.o girls working long hours and paid pence in some far-off corner of the world, and don’t forget the indignity of the changing rooms on a Saturday afternoon.
    I’d rather build a wardrobe of ethically sourced enduring classics that suit my style. Designer pieces almost always show their quality, and can be found new and used at affordable prices in outlets, flood sales and vintage stores. You don’t need to spend a fortune, just be willing to invest the extra effort for less variety. And always consider buying out-of-season ;-)

  • December 10, 2008

    edith

    I second Eliza’s comment. It is spooky because it’s what I wanted to write!
    I am a fashion snob, and I would rather buy 1 designer that 5 throw away fashion items. I don’t spend a lot because I buy from consignment stores, charity shops and frequent the sales. I find that high end clothing fits me better and the fabric is nicer. I hate when I see a very nice piece of clothing on someone but the fabric is ugly and makes it look cheap. Also, once I tried cashmere I never looked back…
    The other thing is that I have never ever saw anybody wearing the same designer clothing that I have. On the other hand, years ago, I really got bored with my otherwise nice Mango coat when I saw others wearing it.

  • December 11, 2008

    Erin

    I will shop any where, but I do go for better quality stuff in reality. Yes i do shop at Charlotte Russe, but I really don’t shop at Wal-mart. A lot of things from less expensive stores are not usually of the best quality, so buying from that store is a waste of money. Fashion snob? Maybe, I just like my quality.

  • December 11, 2008

    kevie

    Reverse snob here. I rarely shop anywhere but thrift stores. That being said, I don’t buy WalMart or Kmart labels secondhand. They don’t hold up.

  • December 11, 2008

    willa

    I was one of the 11% who clicked other.
    I only wear good quality clothes, but I only buy 1/8 of them at full price. The rest I buy at charity shops (there’s good ones in my area) which I think would disqualify me from being a “fashion snob”. A lot of my clothes are designer, but I bought them deeply discounted. The only thing I pay full price for would be jeans. I like ‘em raw. 100 dollars is usually the maximum amount I’d spend on one item, unless it’s a mega splurge, like a key piece I’d been wanting (most recent example: hooded leather bomber jacket).

  • December 11, 2008

    Rachel

    I’m definetely not a fashion snob, mainly because I simply don’t have the money to buy Chanel or Prada – why bother, when the same designs will have already appeared in all the high street shops? I’ll go anywhere to buy nice clothes, but not if I’m going to have to choose shoes over food :)

  • December 11, 2008

    alyssa

    I am the victim of private schools. Designer brands are part of my life, but i’m not the one who wears them. i can’t afford those types of clothes, but i have a few exceptions. my uggs, my juicy zip-up, and my coach boots as a few exceptions.
    Although i cannot afford extremely nice clothes, i tend to shop at the american eagle/ gap type places. I refuse to shop at j.c. penney, walmart, and the bon-ton, but that’s pretty much it.

  • December 15, 2008

    Abby C.

    i’m not a fashion snob but in the words of ysl (rest in peace) fashion trends come and go but style is eternal. even though something is
    high- end sometimes it’s just not worth buying. I shop mostly macys, charlotte russe, mandee, etc. and I feel as though if a person equates designer labels to being stylish, you are truly mistaken. and just because ppl don’t shop in department stores b/c there is alot of same thing, well you’re not tryn b/c a truly stylish person can manage to find individuality anywhere and everywhere

  • January 9, 2009

    Ashley

    In all honesty…I would never shop at Charlotte Russe again, everything I have ever bought from them in the past has fallen apart the first time I wore it.

  • January 16, 2009

    Variant

    Thing is, they don’t seem to like it in the expensive shops when you give a main seam a good solid TUG to see if it’s quality.
    Life has taught me a lot of things- one of the most important being that clothes are only worth buying when they’re not going to fall off your back.

  • February 9, 2009

    Abby C.

    Well lucky for me when i buy clothes from charlotte russe, they last long enough.

  • May 30, 2009

    Diandra

    No; I think someone who’s truly fashionable can find something anywhere!
    Note that that doesn’t mean i’ll buy cheap-looking clothing, but having a lower pricetag doesn’t make something any less cute!

  • September 17, 2009

    Emily

    I live in the states too, and I avoid stores like Forever 21 and Charlotte Russe just because their clothes are crap. You definetly get what you pay for there…and you’ll be buying that $7 blouse over and over again when it falls apart in the wash. However, I do like to shop at American Eagle, Aeropostale, Hollister…just because their clothes last forever and suit my style, although I stay away from the glitter T-Shirts. I have clothes in my closet that range from $3 tank tops found at Wal-Mart (which, oddly, seem to last FOREVER!!) to DKNY trench coats, and everything in between. The only thing I am brand conscious about are my handbags. I ALWAYS buy on sale and set strict spending limits for myself (no spending more than $25 on a shirt, $35 for jeans, or $50 for shoes…) I will treat myself occasionally, but only after saving for whatever I’m splurging on (like the DKNY trench!!) On a college student’s budget, you just can’t afford to be completely designer.