Does holding or wearing designer anything, automatically mean you’re a high maintenance shopaholic?

I firmly say: NO WAY! to that.

I once had a friend carry a Louis Vuitton purse to a bar, only to have a guy lean over and slur: “You’re too expensive to maintain for my tastes!”

And to elicit that, all she did was hold a LV purse!

Personally, I am not a fan of designer logos all over a bag or outfit, but while it isn’t my cup of tea, it doesn’t mean others should follow the same rule.

Just because someone happens to enjoy the look of a designer bag doesn’t mean they’re a high maintenance woman, or a shopaholic.

Creating a mental image of who a person is based on their logos, is a surefire way to misjudge someone.

Girls who know how to take care of their money don’t always have to fit any kind of stereotype of someone who only wears utilitarian clothing, bags her lunches everyday, walks around in orthopedic footwear and is makeup-free because she doesn’t see the point in wearing makeup.

I consider myself to have pretty good money management skills and I don’t look like that.


I’ve even had someone say to me in surprise:

“I wouldn’t have expected you to be someone who is so diligent about money management.”

When I asked why, he replied:

“I don’t know. I just assumed you were like [insert name of girl we both know]. She’s a crazy shopaholic who’s really into spending tons of cash for fashion, and you both dress similarly.”

Well just because I like to wear nice clothes, jewellery and makeup, it doesn’t mean I’m a ditz who doesn’t know anything about money.

I sure didn’t when I was younger, but I’ve since kicked myself in the ass!

I wasn’t sure if I should be flattered or insulted, but either way, it’s a stereotype that exists.

Just because women like to look a certain way, doesn’t necessarily mean they’re high maintenance, ditzy shopaholics, and vice versa for women who dress in plain jane clothing.

They might be harbouring a secret shopping habit for something else!

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About the Author

Just a girl trying to find a balance between being a Shopaholic and a Saver. I cleared $60,000 in 18 months earning $65,000 gross/year. Now I am self-employed, and you can read more about my story here, or visit my other blog: The Everyday Minimalist.