"There is a difference between a six-euros sunglasses and a 300-euros sunglasses," my friend Rachel tells me.
"Are you sure it's not psychological?" I ask. We burst out laughing.
"Really, there is a difference. One looks beautiful, and rich." Rachel reveals.
"Yes, like a millionaire," I agree. Rachel looks fab in Prada sunglasses. Aida, walking to my left, looks fab in Gucci too. I love the initials on the side of the glasses. I'm glad to see them both happy, they worked hard to save for this trip to Paris.
In Paris, it is not surprising to see a woman walking down the streets wearing an attire straight out of a fashion magazine. Designer hat, boots, bag, dress, sunglasses. They can pull it off, of course, because they have the perfect ambiance. Paris! At the Louis Vuitton store along Champs Elysees, young Asian tourists (Japanese or Chinese) walk out of the store carrying bags of LV purchases like its an ordinary shopping day.
It's Wednesday morning, in early May, and we have to wait in line outside the Champs Elysees LV store as a group of Japanese tourists arrive before us. This is the largest Louis Vuitton store in the whole world, posh and beautiful as you can imagine. We accompany our friend Aida who wants to purchase a monogram Vernis style LV bag in white color (cost: 900 euros). Tourists get a 12% rebate on purchases over a minimum amount in euros, depending on the store.
While waiting for Aida, I hover over to the sunglasses section of LV. They range from 300 euros and above. I try on several styles and look in the mirror. Maybe Rachel has a point, i thought. I do look good, it fits me perfectly. Maybe its the shape, or the materials they use. I do look rich wearing it. I sigh.
"What are you doing? You're not going to buy any of those," says Joan, my twin.
"Of course not. I just want to see how i look," I assure her, "next time i buy, i'll know what style suits me." The best part about traveling on a budget is not having to worry what to buy as one cannot afford it anyway. Appreciating and looking are enough for me.
Why are women crazy about designer brands? I honestly don't know. It's suppose to make a woman feel good, and add to her confidence. It's an expression of her own individual style, and the more famous, the more stylish and beautiful she feels. Or it could be psychological in a way. Have your pick. It doesn't matter. In Paris, you can express yourself in any way you want and you will still blend in. That's the best part about Paris fashion.