Twice over the past week, I have seen advertising discussing the latest and greatest fashions for the fall season – all “inexpensive Recessionista style!”
Recessionista? The word in itself is kind of ridiculous.
But the best part was that the items for sale were not anywhere near what I would consider inexpensive, frugal, or appropriate for someone worried about the recession. If you are worried about money, don’t buy this season’s new $700 purse.
On some level, the statement “Frugal is the new black” is funny. It’s especially funny to those of us who have always been frugal (even if we do buy $700 purses, we’ve saved in other areas to make that happen). But I’m starting to find the whole Recessionista trend a little annoying and slightly insulting. I get this vision of rich spoiled young women (the sort you find on many reality tv shows) going about as if they’re so great because they’re buying slightly less expensive things and doesn’t that make them fabulous? Doing it not because it’s necessary but because it’s the “in” thing to do.
And on the other end of the spectrum, there’s the young woman who really would love to dress in fancier clothes for work but truly can’t afford the look she so desires. By making do and accessorizing with inexpensive pieces, she’s truly being a Recessionista.