4.03.2013

Sunglasses: A Status Symbol

Personally speaking, I don't believe in what a status symbol is "supposed" to represent. I don't believe in the idea that a status symbol should equate happiness and success, but I definitely don't doubt the idea that status symbols represent those things for many people.

As I was growing up, my mom was a single mother and also an immigrant to the USA at the age of 18. She was duped into believing in status symbols such as big house, nice car, and expensive clothes and shoes would make you look and feel rich. I don't think she went overboard, thankfully she is an accountant so she is very good with budgeting, saving, and investing. However, I think this notion of status symbols played a huge role in my life since my childhood in addition to the way the media throws it in our faces.

My mom had a huge closet with fancy dresses for when she would go out with her friends and go ballroom dancing, Vegas trips with her girlfriends, and business trips. We lived in a modest house that she bought herself when she first started working here, and she saved a lot for retirement. Somehow, the big house and nice car weren't status symbols that I considered necessary in my life, but one thing I've always wanted are a perfect pair of sunglasses. 

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Designer sunglasses have a way of making every woman look so glamorous to me. I'm not sure if it's the way my mom wore her sunglasses everyday, or the way the sunlight shone off the glossy lenses, or the way women look so fashionable with sunglasses pushed up against their hair when they aren't wearing them over their eyes. When I was younger, all celebrities had designer sunglasses and the sunglasses got even bigger and bigger (in size and in trend haha).

Today, I've learned that it's not about the brand of sunglasses that you are wearing, but more importantly, how they make you feel. I could be wearing the cheapest brand of sunglasses and no one would know! I could still do all of the things that I could do with designer sunglasses.

I think everyone has a certain type of "status symbol" that's personal to their lives, whether it's considered a status symbol to others. For example, my dad told me a story about how his dad carried a briefcase everywhere, even though he never needed to carry one. A briefcase made you look important, he said. My dad then grew up wanting a briefcase, and he of course snagged one as soon as he could....and he still has his first briefcase until this day!

Do you have something that represents a status symbol to you, but it may not be that big of a deal to anyone else?

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