Trigger warning: I might lose some followers, and friends, for this one (but I’m posting it anyway).
Lately, it’s very common to see bloggers and influencers posting about their favorite designer duplicates on the ‘gram– AKA knock-offs. Most come from Amazon, and it’s honestly more likely that you’re looking at a dupe on your IG feed than an authentic item. It’s misleading. In their defense, most influencers are pretty up-front about it and don’t try to pass the knock-offs off as the real deal. That being said, it’s not for me.
Look, I don’t come from money, I’m not dating a sugar-daddy, and I can’t afford a new designer handbag every season without going into some serious credit card debt. But what I can do is save. When I was in Paris, I bought my first ever designer item(s)– a Gucci belt and a Saint Laurent card holder. It was something I had saved for, and I was thoughtful about my purchases. I did my research, and they were things that I had loved and wanted for years. To me, buying those items at their flagship stores in Paris, France was so meaningful, and I was proud that I had saved and was able to do it. It makes them even more valuable, in my opinion.
While I’m all for faking it until you make it, I think buying knock-offs (because lets be real, “dupe” is just a nicer word for knock-off) takes away from the sentiment of working towards an authentic designer piece. For example, would I love to own a Chanel bag? 1000 times, yes. Can I afford one? No. Am I going to buy a dupe because I think my Instagram will look cooler? No. Here’s why: for me, I want to own a Chanel bag when I know I have earned it and I’m at a place in my life that it’s within my means. If I were to buy a fake one for the interim, it would take away from the excitement of owning a real one. Ya feel me? It’s just not the same.
I mean, what’s the difference in buying a fake belt and fake followers? That’s a dramatic comparison, I know. But both make you look more successful in the moment, while being fake. The inauthentic route is easier and quicker to achieve, but less genuine. In today’s society, people are always looking for the readily available solution, instead of working harder towards something better. Do you get what I’m trying to say?
My point is this: why not save the $60 you spent on a fake bag and put it towards the real deal? Even if it takes years to save enough money, it will be more rewarding knowing you earned it.
At the end of the day, I have a lot of personal blogger friends who style and post about inauthentic items, and I’m not trying to dupe-shame them in anyway (because they’re all amazing, regardless of what they’re wearing). What I’m saying is that while posting knock-offs may be trending for influencers, you won’t ever catch me doing it. I like to keep things authentic and real, and that goes for my handbags (or lack thereof) too.