Today a post that I know will not be happily received by everyone. I think a lot of fashionista’s will be pretty pissed but you know what. I do not care. Some things are meant to be said and I am here to say it.
This week H&M launched their collection: BALMAIN X H&M
and the internet and the webshop of H&M got taken over by fashion loving people that were desperately trying to score a Balmain item. At some point when all the ‘top items’ were sold out people just randomly bought something, anything from the Balmain collection so they could fit in too and post on their social media that they had ‘scored the item that they really wanted’ even though you and I know that that is not true and you only got that item because nothing else was left and you did not want to be the only one in your click without a Balmain by H&M item.
Don’t get me wrong. I am a huge fan of Balmain, but Balmain by H&M is just a glorified H&M item. Guuuurrrlllll, You still don’t own a ‘real’ Balmain item. And I know that there are also people out there that bought a piece from the collection because they genuinely like it or that they, like I do myself as well, admire the very talented Olivier Rousteing and that is perfectly fine. I just do not want people to define them self with a fashion object. Or people that are trying to fit in by buying something that is so ‘in’ right now. Let’s be honest, you know basically all the winter ’15 celebration pics ( especially xmas) will be filled with all these girls rocking ‘Balmain’- Do you really want to be one of them? – Find your own swag and style. That will be much more fulfilling than being a Kendall Jenner copy. (And no this is not an attack on her, the is beautiful but you are too and you should be your own individual!).
Therefor I picked out 6 BALMAIN X H&M items and I will give you tips on how you could spend that money differently. No worries, this is not a post about that you should donate your money to charity. Spend that money on your self guuurrll, but you can decide to do it differently too:
This dress is 499 euro.
Did you know that for 499 euro you could easily book a plane ticket to a nice tropical destination. Or perhaps you are more the city trip kinda person. www.cheaptickets.nl
offers great deals to go to NYC for example. A return ticket starts from 425 euro’s.
So what do you prefer? A dress you can probably wear one time or actually spend your money on a plane ticket so you can see and discover a new city, a new country and to create memories for life?Well, for me the choice would be so easy…
99 euro’s for this top.
Okay, I must admit, this is actually a top that I really like and I think it is a nice item to add to your wardrobe because you will be able to wear it more often but that is not the point. What could you do with a 100 euro’s. Since we discussed going to NYC just now, why not stay a bit closer to home. Ryan Air
offers flights for less than a 100 euro. Perhaps it is time to take that weekend city trip
that you were waiting all that time for.
100 euro’s on a new top or 100 euro’s towards a plane ticket?
149 euro for this dress. Seriously?
H&M, what were you thinking.
I know it supposed to look fancy and all but it is too much shimmer and the dress actually looks kind of cheap.
For a 149 euro you buy a beautiful timeless and classy watch. For example from the brand Daniel Wellington.
They offer a wide variety of beautiful watches. For him and for her.
A watch is something you can were everyday and is surely worth the investment.
This is something I have never understood. Why do you want to wear a t-shirt with the name of the brand so obviously stamped on it. Armani has these tees as well and I just don’t get it. You are paying them to promote their brand. Gurrrll, they should pay YOU for wearing the Tee. For 30 euro’s you can go to the M.A.C Cosmetics
counter and treat your self to not one, but 2 lipsticks! Or even a highlighter.
You can purchase something that can help you to enhance your natural beauty in stead of promoting a brand for free.
And if you are not that in to make up, why not buy a book, or a new Lonely Planet
? So you can plan your next trip!
This blouse, I just can’t. What is this even? Where would you wear this? Would you really spend 350 euro on something that looks like it belongs in a carnival?
For 350 euro’s you can purchase a camera, for example of the brand Samsung.
They offer different compact digital camera’s in that price range so what do you prefer. This over the top blouse or a camera that you can use to capture all your memories, use for your blogging, take on your travels?
I think that answer is pretty damn clear.
299 euro’s on a leather jacket is perfectly fine.
It is actually a good price for a real leather jacket. But with this overhyped HM/Balmain one you will just be one of the many girls wearing this jacket. If you are looking for a nice leather jacket explore other brands too. For example Goosecraft
is a brand that designs jackets in the same price range but with purchasing their brand you will definitely be more original and it will be less likely that you will run in to a girl on your next shopping spree with your exact same jacket.
This article was not written to attack anyone that likes or owns something from the Balmain collection. If you got something that you really want for the right reasons I am so happy for you and I hope you will enjoy it a lot.
This was purely my opinion on how you can spend your money differently.
What would you buy instead of purchasing a BALMAIN X HM item?