Being Judged by Appearance (and the clothes, shoes and bag you're wearing)

Happy Friday folks! I think today is an appropriate day to talk shopping...after all, that is my #1 passion. It's not just the activity of shopping or spending money that makes it appealing, I just love beautiful things, it doesn't matter if it's cheap or expensive, I appreciate true quality and anything pretty.

When The Purse Forum was down for 2 days this week, I started reading their blog, and came across this article titled "Are You Treated Differently When Carrying Your Best Bags?".

It touched upon the writer's experience as she decided to do a casual experiment by walking into a high-end department store - first, with a non-designer/less obvious bag and secondly, with her Celine bag (which is a high end and hard to find designer bag). Both times she was wearing flip-flops and "cheaper" clothing, although she noted that the 2nd time she went in she was wearing a $45 dress. I think wearing a dress to the mall with a high end bag qualifies as being dressed up and ready to shop. The first time she went in she was wearing super casual clothes; if it was me, I would have worn the same outfit with the expensive bag the 2nd time. Not surprisingly, she wasn't given a greeting the first time she walked in. The next week, she was showered with attention and sales associates racing to try to help her. 

I have had this happen to me multiple times, especially when I am wearing gym clothes and carrying my black Balenciaga. I seem to go unnoticed and brushed off as if I am not worth it as a customer although Balenciagas are definitely more expensive than other brands. On the other hand, when I carry even a Louis Vuitton speedy or my Chanel or Louis Vuitton galliera, I get sales associates approaching me with a "how can I help you" and "do you need any help?". The funny thing is that I like to shop on my own and without sales' associates' assistance so I actually prefer to wear non-flashy bags to the mall.

I was reading the comments on the article (I somehow find comments to articles most entertaining) and I could not BELIEVE what happened to one woman. She walked into a high-end dept store and was quickly brushed off by a sales associate. Another sales associate walked up to that particular sales associate that brushed her off and told her "That girl is carrying a Balenciaga and those are really expensive, you better go up to her quick!". I can't even describe how rude that is and what I would say if that happened to me! But anyway, that is why I love my Balenciaga haha!

What are your thoughts and experiences with shopping and bags?


Lisa said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

omgosh this is 100 percent true.. so much so that even my husband notices it.. one time i was meeting the hubs at neimans and he said he was standing in the chanel department for like 10 min and nobody greeted him.. and then i walked in with a chanel bag and said hello to him.. and immediately the SA asked him if he needed any assistance. WHAT?!

shoppingtosaving said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

So rude!!! What is up with these SAs?? I find it sad that they will judge a person like that. I have heard lots of stories about people coming in dressed in sweats and then buying up a storm.

My money, my life said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

It's not very surprising, considering that sales associates are probably partly paid on commission. Logic dictates that someone who already has one luxury item is more likely than others to spend a large amount of dough on other luxury items. I would be much more offended if I was treated differently by other "ordinary" people based on my bags. Although, I just haven't bought into the whole "luxury, brand name bags as status symbols" movement, so I'll probably never notice the difference in treatment. Oh well, I'd rather have $1500 savings in my account than some kind of designer bag and/or superficial preferential treatment from people I don't care about :p

ND Chic said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I'm with you on the comments. I love reading them. I think this treatment goes way beyond clothes and bags, unfortunately. I think that people who walk in with a disability or are overweight don't get helped as quickly either.

Rafiki said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I can't say much for bag thing but I believe it's the same thing for guys when they wear suits as opposed to jeans and a t-shirt. I don't do much shopping myself but I am sure this it how it is. People judge you by your appearance. They don't know what your account looks like.

I actually find it more fun to go into a high end store looking ordinary and then buying something really expensive and shocking them lol. I hope there jaw drops when they see the commission they missed out on.

That experience with the lady and her Balenciaga is hilarious. I would be so offended lol. If a bag like that brings respect I think I should get one lol

Lane from In Mint Condition said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

I do exactly what Rafiki does, I go in dressed pretty casual and go straight to what I want to buy (after doing a ton of research online). Just to keep those sales and retail associates on their toes!

The Girl Next Door said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

This has been my experience over and over shopping in NYC. I can't stand the snobbery and fake niceness of salespeople. My thinking is, if you're so freaking great why do you work in retail?

Also, most of the richest people don't dress in flashy clothes. I recently read The Millionaire Next Door and was intrigued at how most rich people look normal.

SammyLeia said...Best Blogger Tips[Reply to comment]Best Blogger Templates

And this is why I hardly ever set foot in high-end shops!I hate snobbery! Interesting article, thanks for sharing.


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