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Charlotte Women: Victims of the Label?

Posted on 11 May 2010 by Christian N. Phillips

Walking around Charlotte, it’s unfortunate when you can look at a woman’s outfit and can instantly tell who made her dress, bag and/or shoes. Many women in the city who have a sense of style like to adorn their wardrobe with the well-known, monogramed labels; Gucci, Prada, Louis Vuitton, Christian Louboutin and Burberry are the most popular but the list goes on.

The sad thing is, you don’t even have to slightly follow the fashion industry to know who made the garment when just seeing a woman’s bag. It’s printed all over it! Just walk around South Park mall on a Saturday!

This is done on purpose. These queen city ladies want to buy the latest designer bags, clothes and other accessories and make sure that their friends know who made it.

Why does it matter who made it? Do these women think that having the expensive goods makes them look rich, glamorous and in-style when most of the time it does the total opposite? You don’t have to tell people what your wearing in order to be stylish. Overdoing the labels and brands alerts people that you are trying too hard and can come off tacky.

Ladies of Charlotte, if you removed all the labels on your clothes, would you still exude that same confidence? Make sure when you are contemplating new purchases that you are not buying it just so you can get more head turns in the mall. Buy clothes that would look good on you and that your happy with regardless of who made it.


  1. Torrie Smiley 11 May 2010 at 9:35 AM

    Thank you! I thought I was the only one who noticed. Since what matters is who you are on the inside, why do you want someones name and initials plastered all over the outside!

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    Meck 11 May 2010 at 12:09 PM

    It could be more prevalent in Charlotte, but really this is a problem everywhere. Blame Sex and the City for making labels famous and the purchase of the seem inaccurately accessible. Dana Thomas’ book, Delux, should be required reading for all women.

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    Christian N. Phillips 11 May 2010 at 3:08 PM

    I was actually told to check out that book as well. Looking to add it to my collection.

  4. Crystal Chanel 11 May 2010 at 3:29 PM

    well said!

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    Marshall Ling 19 May 2010 at 3:10 AM

    This is certainly a prevalent issue in Charlotte. In my time working at the mall I have seen many a hot tranny mess roaming the streets of Southpark, gigantic LV emblazoned bags thrown over one shoulder. However, I don’t immediately discount a person’s outfit or sense of style simply because I’m able to distinguish the designers. You mention Prada, for example, which is typically very subtle with its branding, and Burberry has been using the same trademark haymarket check pattern since 1924. Hermes is another example of traditional, understated quality. Rather than discouraging those who appreciate the quality and detailing of designer clothing, I would encourage them to choose pieces wisely and value understated elegance.