I saw this outfit on stylebop.com today. The dress and the shoes at least. The stylebop outfit had a different bag and no jewelry.
The dress shown is from Roberto Cavalli. It’s the ROBERTO CAVALLI Red-Multi Rose Print Jersey Dress. It comes with a $1″ 110 but is presently on sale at a 50% discount.
I was looking at the discount price for this dress and some other sale items at stylebop today and thinking you know even at their sale prices these things seem way overpriced when you consider what they are. I have a difficult time being able to appreciate the justifications for charging the kind of money that is charged for so-called high end designer goods. I just don’t see why a dress should ever cost many hundreds of dollars much less thousands. I do see that extra effort is made to design nicer things than the stuff they sell to us not so fortunate women and I guess the idea is that if you want nice things you’ll pay what you have to pay to get nice things. If you want cheap things then you accept the poor quality of the merchandise that’s sold at cheap prices.
The Roberto Cavalli dress
This dress is described as a graphic rose print figure-hugging sheath dress with a wrapped v-neckline contoured front panels 3/4-length sleeves and a pull-over style. You should probably avoid this style if you don’t have a perky bosom.
The shoes suggested for this dress are a pair of Emilio Pucci Black Suede Sandals with Brooch adornment. They are open toe sandals with a rose-toned embellished brooch and buckled ankle strap.
The regular price of these Emilio Pucci black suede sandals with brooch adornment is $1″ 526; but they appear to be available at a 50% discount.
They are definitely cute shoes and for sure I would buy them if they were in my price range; but even at a 50% discount they are still far out of reach.
I have to be honest I am not really materialistic. At least I don’t think I am. Maybe I would discover otherwise if I had money; but I don’t find myself really honestly wanting any of these things so badly that it hurts to know I can’t afford them. I am more inclined to think that these are things and things are just what they are: things. My life is not less by not having these things and my life will not be more by having these things. I know some people will disagree. They believe that our lives are enhanced by the expensive objects we own and that if we can’t afford expensive objects we should feel sad and sorry and worthless.
I own an $800 necklace that my husband put us in debt to buy for me a couple Valentine’s ago. I still don’t know what it was bought to cover up but I do know it was a guilt purchase. The necklace is the most expensive thing I own but it has never made me feel special to know that I own something that cost $800. On the contrary the necklace doesn’t look particularly opulent. If someone saw it on me they wouldn’t think it must have cost a lot of money. It’s a thin gold chain with a very small diamond pendant. No one would look twice to see it around my neck. It’s just a thing. My life is not enhanced by having it. My life is just the same as it was when I didn’t have it.
Of course it might be different when you have money and can buy tons and tons of expensive things. Your life might feel enhanced by the high of constantly shopping constantly acquiring new things; but it’s not the things themselves that will be giving you that feeling of excitement.
But anyway that’s enough of that….
So I’m wearing a pair of Emilio Pucci black suede sandals with brooch adornment with a ROBERTO CAVALLI Red-Multi Rose Print Jersey Dress. With this outfit I will accessorize with a Diane von Furstenberg crimson red snakeskin Leather 440 Mini Crossbody bag.
The bag is crimson red as you can see. Very bright opulent embossed leather described as a satchel that you can take to work or out for cocktails. It has a $385 price tag. I suppose that’s cheap by comparison to the standard designer bag prices.
Finally I will wear a Tom Binns necklace and Tom Binns earrings to complete the look. Although I’m not sure a necklace would be recommended with a wrap/surplice front style dress. But unless wearing a necklace with this style dress would be a fashion faux pas and maybe even if it would be considered a fashion faux pas I will wear this gorgeous Tom Binns necklace described as a “silver-tone clear Swarovski crystal necklace from Tom Binns featuring multicoloured hand painted Swarovski drop crystals and a clip fastening”.
And to go with the necklace” these ridiculously gorgeous Tom Binns Riot of Color glow in the dark Swarovski crystal earrings.
The earrings are $540 and the necklace is $845. They are so unique and beautiful I’m almost tempted to think the price tags are justified; but even though they are hand-painted and the designer obviously cares about pleasing his customer and not just getting her money they are still body decorations and I’m not sure I can be convinced that things designed to decorate the body should come with such exorbitant price tags.