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What Is the Deal With Quiet Luxury?

Logo-loathers rejoice...

The fashion trends of the last few years, specifically the post-pandemic era, can be described as anything but quiet. Our collective obsession with sweatpants and athleisure turned to a move towards maximalism as the world reopened and people embraced dressing up again. Fancy a trip to your newly-reopened favorite restaurant followed by a movie dressed to the nines in your favorite feathery party dress? Sure, why not. Those collective ‘why nots’ were heard worldwide as we all took a much-needed reprieve from zoom happy hours and endless take-out Friday dinners on our couch dressed in the same elastic-waist pants as the week before.

Maximalism Meets Y2K Nostalgia

In 2021, brands began showing new collections following the traditional fashion calendar once again, and it was impossible not to notice the shift in aesthetic. From Bottega Veneta’s bold colors and textures like feathers and sequins to Loewe’s geometric patterns and Anagram logo bags and Chanel’s glitz and glamour, the move towards maximalism was ever-apparent. Couple that with fashion’s continued obsession with Y2K fashion, which on its own screams the bigger, the better, and, unsurprisingly, we’re now moving in the obsession direction. Finally, it seems that fashion is fatigued by maximalism.

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What Exactly is Quiet Luxury?

Lately, the talk of “quiet luxury” has been everywhere, even making its way into pop culture, becoming a topic of discussion in TV shows like HBO’s Succession and popping up in major publications like Vogue, who reported on the trend, stating it’s going to be one of the biggest of 2023, earlier this month.

While there’s no official definition for the term, quiet luxury simply means a more low-key approach to luxury dressing, wearing high-quality basics in a way that looks luxe but can’t quite be pinned down. It’s a tailored coat by the Row paired with a cult-favorite pair of Anine Bing jeans, Jil Sander ballet flats, and a lush leather bag by Khaite. An outfit with a price tag well into the 5-figure mark, but one that only those in the know would recognize. It’s neutral hues with only tiny pops of muted colors. It’s shapes and silhouettes that are meant to last you a lifetime.

While a trend is still a trend, one that’s meant to transcend seasons is certainly one we can get behind, although I’m not sure what that means for all of the colors my closet currently consists of. Are you a fan of the quiet luxury aesthetic?

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Sara
Sara
1 year ago

If only these commenters were as quiet as their luxury items, ranting about the tackiness of logos while being tactless in your comments.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Sara

BINGO, yes yes yes. Agree 1000% I have been insulted many times by those thinking I am less than because I don’t care for a 10K or 20K bag that is ……GASP….FUGLY (IMO of course). Thank you for being our voice!!

Ed B
Ed B
1 year ago
Reply to  Sara

Right? Like wow, I feel like I need to go out and get some fresh air after reading the “discourse” up there. Super tacky.

And before one of those people get mad because “I’m poor” because I disagree with their comments: take it elsewhere, people are allowed to disagree with you and not be jealous of your “Birkins” roflmao what a non-flex.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Ed B

Agree 1000% Ed. Thanks for speaking up!!

btdq
btdq
1 year ago
Reply to  Sara

THIS, PERIOD

FashionableLena
FashionableLena
1 year ago

I love a good logo. I also like so-called “quiet luxury”. If wearing a logo is tacky, classless, and ostentatious, I’ll wear that badge with pride. I don’t place any stock on the perceptions and opinions of strangers. They hold zero value on my life.

Judging people based on material things is also tacky and classless.

Icicle
Icicle
1 year ago

Agreed! I love reading this blog but lately have taken to skipping the comments on articles such as this. Being fashionable isn’t a 1 size fits all or a 1 style for all occasions. It is about feeling confident and expressing yourself through your stylistic choices–logos or no logos. I am not sure why so many women want to spew vitriol at those who wear logos–having class is about being respectful & not so judgmental–esp not over clothes/bags!

Anon
Anon
1 year ago

So many condescending readers on this blog who feel compelled to put other people down and over what, a few bits of leather. I used to enjoy this blog for the fact it had a place for people who truly enjoy fashion. Now it’s just – “you’re not rich enough to afford Chanel,” “people who wear logos are tacky,” “I’m better than you for x (insert materialistic purchase of a different kind.” Time to move on to new reading material.

VeronicaGA
VeronicaGA
1 year ago

Nothing new here. Many of us are not interested in logos and ostentatious designs. We find elegance in simplicity, beautiful materials, and exceptional craftsmanship.

Alice
Alice
1 year ago
Reply to  VeronicaGA

Agree!

Terri
Terri
1 year ago
Reply to  VeronicaGA

Very well said!

Zoe
Zoe
1 year ago
Reply to  VeronicaGA

so well said <3

Pamela
Pamela
1 year ago
Reply to  VeronicaGA

Exactly, some of us actually value what luxury really stands for, rather than certain types of people who prefer clothing, shoes, and bags that are merely nothing more than glorified billboards. It’s disappointing for this to be a mere trend

Sandy
Sandy
1 year ago

Wow, snobbery much? Some of the comments below are a bit ridiculous. I have many different designers in my closet, logos and no. Wear what you love but allow others to do same without judgement. I see so many wonderful outfits that consist of high low items.

Lila
Lila
1 year ago

Honestly, it’s so tacky to see someone wearing those Chanel logo earrings or anything Gucci/Louis Vuitton monogram. I’m even at the point where I’m putting my Birkins in the back of my closet since it’s been co-opted by so many people without style and elegance to carry one. I saw a woman carry one wearing what was obviously Zara and I rolled my eyes so hard. Have some class.

C D
C D
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

There’s some coded language in your comment that you might want to reflect upon. Specifically, the sentence describing how you’re no longer interested in carrying a Birkin because it has been “co-opted” by others “without …. elegance to carry one.” It sounds like you’re, at best, referring to persons whom you view as having an inferior socioeconomic status — or, at worst, POC who don’t match the stereotypical WASP-y Hermes customer. I say this as a WASP who comes from multigenerational wealth (i.e., “old money”) whose privilege has been checked by others. I am grateful for those who have called me out for inadvertently using similar coded language in the past, so I’m just trying to pass on what I have learned. I have no idea what your background is, but your comment could be hurtful to persons who are less privileged than you (I’m assuming some degree of privilege since you mentioned owning multiple Birkins). I just wanted to offer a different perspective since we don’t always realize how our words might affect others.

CShell
CShell
7 months ago
Reply to  C D

I’m not reading all that.
I’m happy for you, though.
Or sorry that happened.

ClassyBehaviourTrumpsAll
ClassyBehaviourTrumpsAll
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

I feel like this whole comment section went a little nuts.

The only real thing I want to say is with regards to this:

“I’m even at the point where I’m putting my Birkins in the back of my closet since it’s been co-opted by so many people without style and elegance to carry one.”

I totally get feeling turned off by seeing folks carry bags you own in a way you don’t agree with. But you would’ve really loved your bags/Birkins when you bought them…you didn’t buy them for someone else’s approval. It sounds like you dress and carry your bags in a way that feels comfortable, stylish, and elegant for you. So you do you!!! If someone tacky or with mixed ethics or whatever carries it in their way, don’t let it influence you from enjoying what you own and what you spent your hard-earned money on for whatever reason your purchased it for (if you appreciated the design, the brand’s values, it’s pretty, etc.).

Wear all the things you have/want in good health, and in your unique way regardless of whoever else may have them.

That said, if the way others have carried it have just plain turned you off from them, then fair enough. You do you, sis, and we can all agree life’s so much more than bags! ❤️

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

Madam, you are NOT in agreement with us. What is wrong with ZARA? and WTF regarding your Chanel earring remark? YOU are the reason we are griping. Get a grip and come down to reality.

Brava
Brava
1 year ago
Reply to  Lisa

You may not be aware but fast-fashion brands like Zara are major polluters on both ends of the manufacturing-retail process. Their practices are unsustainable and, in my opinion, unethical.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Brava

I am fully aware of what Fast fashion and Zara is all about and what they create and how it affects our environment. That is not a topic of this discussion or blog. That is my entire point we need to stick to the subjects at hand, and either like or dislike the bags in our comments. Not go off on tangents and start discussing world news. There are too many people with too many lifestyles, and too many different opinions to become a subject of this. It takes over the entire comment section and pretty much hijacked the subject at hand. Think about that .

Helloh
Helloh
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

TF is wrong with Zara? Elitist cat.

SlurmLoco
SlurmLoco
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

I am literally putting on my Chanel logo earrings, and loading a pristine Gucci boat bag as well as my beautiful LV Chantilly right now in your honor Lila. Triple monogram Monday. 💕

Openny
Openny
1 year ago
Reply to  SlurmLoco

🥰

Temmy
Temmy
1 year ago
Reply to  SlurmLoco

I love you!💕

ClassyBehaviourTrumpsAll
ClassyBehaviourTrumpsAll
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila
  1. Personally, I find it refreshing when someone comfortably carries a high-low mix. To me it feels down-to-earth and says nothing more than this person feels confident wearing whatever they feel like wearing. And that’s absolutely my cup of tea, but to each their own. Does it make it less classy if someone purchases designer RTW at outlet prices? Wear whatever feels you and feels good.
  2. To OP – if the point of quiet luxury is to wear it so only those in the know know…..naaaah. Just wear good quality items that fit well and feel good when they’re on. Whether they’re $50 or $5,000.
  3. Just because someone chooses to do high-low doesn’t mean (A) They don’t deserve to carry their bag. (B) That they don’t have $$$$ RTW sitting in their closet.
Praline
Praline
1 year ago

Delusional comment. I have worked in luxury retail for 25 years and the reality is most people can only afford belts, shoes, and bags. That’s the only reason they go for a high-low mix. They don’t have a choice!

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Praline

That’s a pretty bold statement to make about me. YOu don’t even know me. I can afford to wear whatever I WANT. I CHOOSE to wear high-low, imagine that Karen!!

Edith King
Edith King
1 year ago
Reply to  Praline

You working there and barely being able to afford anything makes you an expert. Are you a forensic accountant as well?

Praline
Praline
1 year ago
Reply to  Edith King

I m not a sales associate. I m very privileged to make a lot of money—probably more than most of the people here. But unlike you, I don’t shame people for their income level.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Praline

Karen, you pretty much just did. Your elitist comments have pretentious, written all over them. Come back down to earth, honey, while you may have all the money in the world, most don’t. The fact that you turn your nose up at that is what I call Disgusting and rude. I don’t discuss how much money I have or the wealth of my family. It’s only my business and not anyone else’s. Congratulations honey, you are rich and have stated it on this page in several ways. Certainly doesn’t make you better than anyone else. Time for you to go back to your shallow life.

Ed B
Ed B
1 year ago
Reply to  Praline

“I don’t shame people for their income level”

“That’s the only reason they go for a high-low mix” (unwritten message: not because they have a certain style or genuinely like low end stuff too) “They don’t have a choice!”

Maybe you didn’t mean to, but the way your comments read to me is that indeed you do carry judgement related to income/wealth. You’re saying that “most people” can’t afford to have a choice and that is the only reason they high-low mix. To the point where you call it “delusional” to think otherwise.

Ella
Ella
1 year ago
Reply to  Praline

That’s not true at all! Most people buy the aforementioned items because they may have longevity/other reason. Theoretically, if you can afford a 3k bag you can afford a Burberry coat but you may choose to buy a trench from a non-brand, or a different color because it suits the overall look, or you just like the one from Zara. I was recently at Bvlgari set on buying a very expensive ring for my 40th but was wearing a b zero (a more entry point style minus engagement ring and other jewelery etc). Given I was dressed quite casually the shop assistant decided I wasn’t a serious purchaser and suggested cheaper items and was reluctant to show me more valuable ones. I found this highly annoying, just because someone has purchased a certain item you shouldn’t make a judgement on their ability to afford other things. Needless to say I took my business to Cartier!

Lila
Lila
1 year ago

It’s truly tiresome to see the same responses from people who obviously choose to misconstrue my comments and reveal who they are through their projections.

And I love how you choose to disgustingly misinterpret Zara comment towards income and not towards the disposable, exploitative, and fast-fashion contexts Zara operates in. Speaks a lot about the demographics of those who “mix high and low” speaks volumes.

Fabuleux
Fabuleux
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

It’s the same person just changing the name under which they post. Ignore them.

Zaldy
Zaldy
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

Hey, clearly we all have varying perceptions of what it means to “be classy” or “have class”. It seems that the commenters who’ve been called out as being snobs feel a certain way about being called out. For me it’s giving “how dare these people have an opinion of ME, I wear Chanel!”. People will have an opinion of you just as you have of them.

Jay Currie
Jay Currie
1 year ago
Reply to  Zaldy

I fear you confuse “be classy” with “have style”.

Lila
Lila
1 year ago
Reply to  Zaldy

It’s not becoming if you own that Birkin allegedly for its quality and craftsmanship and in the same outfit wear something like Zara or Shein which is Hermes literal antithesis in values. That’s not classy, that’s not mixing high and low; that’s hypocrisy.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

Ohhh OK Ms. Authority on Fashion that I have never heard of. You should probably quit while your ahead seeing that the majority of us do not agree with you and your comments are foolish and pretentious. Maybe you should hide in the back of your closet with your Birkins….

Willow
Willow
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

No no you don’t get it. If you’re privileged enough to spend $10k+ on a bag , it is only classy and refreshing to support fast fashion. Wearing ethical brands is not classy at all!

That’s them.

Willow
Willow
1 year ago

1. I personally find it trashy, disgusting, and vulgar considering you can afford a high end bag (a freaking $10k bag btw) but choose to support fast fashion which not only continues to exploit developing countries for manufacturing but contributes all to the waste issue plaguing the environment, not to mention the crass amount of synthetics. So tell me you don’t care about ethics without telling me.

2. Okay Anna Wintour

3. OP never said that

Gigi
Gigi
1 year ago
Reply to  Willow

Exactly. You nailed it.

Wendy
Wendy
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

Thank god some sense on this site. Seeing the people in the forums having their regularly scheduled meltdowns over price increases, not getting their “quota bag”, or a stitch not being 1000% centered on their monogram bag that’s louder than a megaphone is so tiring.

You’re not the target audience. Move!

Rita
Rita
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

Do you even realize how tacky you sound? Birkins…the silence you hear is me rolling my eyes.

Genie
Genie
1 year ago
Reply to  Rita

Did the latest price increase price you out?

BeatUpBirkinBeth
BeatUpBirkinBeth
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

I get it. Personally it would be lovely to reach a level of evolved where people don’t feel the need to point out and put down, specially behind the anonymity of the internet, other human beings who they think are beneath them. In the meantime I’ll keep buying and wearing what I like and just not give a flying fudgesicle. Oh and darling, there’s nothing classy at all about being a stuck up snob, you might think it is, it’s not, darling dear. It’s just simply rotted.

Lila
Lila
1 year ago

Chastising me for being a stuck up snob whist being a stuck up snob is a level of hypocrisy I hope to never achieve

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

If you are not a snob why are you taking such offense to the comments? Hypocrisy rearing it’s ugly head??? Don’t throw rocks at……you know the saying.

Willow
Willow
1 year ago

You’re getting angry over a comment, but say you don’t “give a flying fudgesicle“? Make it make sense. Some of y’all like getting mad for no reason.

Amelia
Amelia
1 year ago
Reply to  Willow

I think Beth means they’ll just do their thing style wise and not care what other people think about their style. Beth is also calling out the snobs on this thread. Some of them can be pretty nasty. Seems quite obvious. Maybe not to those who are very superficial and out of touch?

Karine
Karine
1 year ago

Exactly. Well said.

Bernadette
Bernadette
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

It’s even worse when they “claim” to *love* Hermes or even Chanel yet only own a Birkin or Classic flap. Like be honest darling, you love to look like you’re part of that world, but please. We know why you want that bag, it’s obviously not because you allegedly love that brand.

I’m glad I’m moving to more subtle brands that haven’t been diluted and I’m anticipating what Phoebe Philo is bring.

Ed B
Ed B
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernadette

I don’t know if you responded to the right comment, because it basically says “I own Birkins I’m better obviously” lol which like… not one wealthy person I know would brag about Birkins of all things. Saying “I would never wear logo stuff from LV etc” but then bragging about Birkins is… funny. Same if they had commented about Chanel flaps.

I agree more with your comment than the one you responded to. Subtle brands are cooler to me, but not because “I own Birkins I’m so cool”. The poster you replied to should’ve at least suggested they own multiple bags from Hermes not just “my Birkinssss”.

Zoe
Zoe
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernadette

what an elitistic comment. i have seen a lot of ladies wear channel from head to toe and have no sense of style at all. and please channel brings no style to most looks.

Bernadette
Bernadette
1 year ago
Reply to  Zoe

Your second sentence was my point dear. People only wearing luxury but utterly lacking the allure, sensibility, and panache to pull it off.

And Chanel can absolutely bring style, you simply do not see it because you don’t know how to wear Chanel and because the brand has been diluted by those who have no style, even the higher-ups are aware of this issue. Corporate likes to refer to them as rodents, but you didn’t hear it from me.

Ela
Ela
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernadette

Good God. Has anyone told you that being condescending is in extremely poor taste? Well-mannered and elegant people go out of their way to make everyone feel valued. Looking down your nose at somebody else is…..nouveau riche.

Genie
Genie
1 year ago
Reply to  Ela

I bet you’d know a thing or two about being nouveau riche <3

Zoe
Zoe
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernadette

Luxury it is not only Chanel.. I do not chose to wear Chanel as i do not find it appealing. No creativity there- just plain showing of how much money i spent. Rick Owens, Ann Demeulemeester, Issey Miyake, Yohji Yanamoto ( the list can go on)… Fashion and style is about creativity and not owning the same style in different colours or material.

Bernadette
Bernadette
1 year ago
Reply to  Zoe

Dear, just because you do not like and cannot afford Chanel doesn’t mean you have to disparage it. Simply move on with your ‘fashion’ brands and let us people who love timeless elegance in peace.

We all have our own different tastes.

Mel
Mel
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernadette

Hey, “dear”. Timeless elegance? I know exactly what your style is. All the girlies who bray about timeless elegance have a variation of it. Here’s what’s really happening. You are all profoundly uncool. When I look at you, I don’t think ‘wow she has style’. I think ‘wow, she has money’. And all the money in the world won’t buy you something that makes people’s head turn for the right reasons. Saying ‘dear’ a lot doesn’t make you look like you have more to offer sartorially than money, but your style sure does reflect your personality: pretentious without having earned it. Chanel. Really.

Zoe
Zoe
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernadette

i do not like something does not mean i cannot afford it. but whatever makes you happy.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Zoe

She’s insecure. Ignore it; if she were truly classy, she would exude confidence and build those around her up and support them. She thrives on insults because she phony and is not what she is projecting so hard to be. I’m here for you and agree 1000%.

Willow
Willow
1 year ago
Reply to  Bernadette

Exactly . And some are just not as refined as others

Emily
Emily
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

if I ever feel my life is sad, I’ll think about you and it will make me feel much better

Lila
Lila
1 year ago
Reply to  Emily

Don’t be jealous emily. It’s unbecoming

Emily
Emily
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

I’m pretty sure I own way more Hermes and Chanel than you but I am not so serious about myself.

Sandy
Sandy
1 year ago
Reply to  Lila

I agree with Emily, I am fairly sure it is not jealousy that motivated her comment.

SoManyLosersSoLittleTime
SoManyLosersSoLittleTime
1 year ago

The comments here are hysterical! People can’t sleep at night because some pair their birkins with Zara. Get a life! 😂😂😂😂😂😂

SlurmLoco
SlurmLoco
1 year ago

These comments are the internet version of “You can’t sit with us!”.

If you’re a Birkin/Chanel carrying “lady” begrudging a Zara and logo loving wearer while casually tossing out “nouveau riche”, I question everything about you. If you have that kind of coin, you’re not on purseblog virtue signaling your class, misspelling words, or using the word “dear”. And if you are, boy howdy, I feel sorry for you.

However, if you’re a logo loving lass mixing high-low and just putting out good energy, I’m here for it, do you. As to quiet luxury, loud luxury, no luxury, etc., wear what you love, love what you wear and live joyfully. It’s a tough crowd here LOL.

Ed B
Ed B
1 year ago
Reply to  SlurmLoco

Right? The “I own Birkins, dear” is just laugh-out-loud funny to me. I’ve been very lucky and went to private schools all my life and met people from different levels of wealth from around a couple bil and often generational wealth to people who were there on scholarship (usually middle-class). Absolutely none of them, even “nouveau rich” ones were silly enough to try to one-up anyway saying “I have Birkins thoooo”. At most some loved loud logos and stuff but good lord none said “I have a Birkin/I have a Chanel flap”. If you’re around actual wealth, it doesn’t take long to realize it’s not a flex at all.

And 10000% wear what you love!!! I don’t personally love logos but it’s a style thing for me, not affordability. My wardrobe is boring and plain AF.

CDANSLAIR
CDANSLAIR
1 year ago

Wearing logos is tacky. Period. It’s the first sign that you have no class and no taste.

Fashion brands cater primarily to middle-class buyers who are desperate to signal their purchasing power and tribal identity through visible logos. Louis Vuitton makes more money selling belts with shiny LV buckles than hard-sided luggage. Hermès sells H-buckle belts by the truckload to people who have no interest in other H products. And so on…

Everyone is allowed to wear what they want, but let’s be honest about why people love logos. It’s not because they are stylish and elegant.

Anastasia
Anastasia
1 year ago
Reply to  CDANSLAIR

As a professional woman I like what I like! When I wear any type of logo, I’m paying homage to the brand, not signaling my purchasing power! My purchasing power is signaled by other “assets” such as my home, etc. Btw the bag someone carries does not always depict their wealth.

CDANSLAIR
CDANSLAIR
1 year ago
Reply to  Anastasia

“I’m paying homage to the brand” OMG I laughed so hard. The lack of self-awareness is brilliant.

Rush
Rush
1 year ago
Reply to  CDANSLAIR

Interesting. So Princess Diana, carrying many a Chanel during her life, has no class and no taste? That’s a new take!!!!

All of you are mad
All of you are mad
1 year ago

I cannot for the life of me understand what I am reading here. Most of you need to go outside and touch grass. God forbid your entire existence is tied to leather goods and luxury clothing.

Feline
Feline
1 year ago

It’s “quiet” so you don’t feel like a freaking billboard walking down the street.Is that so hard to understand?

Mel
Mel
1 year ago
Reply to  Feline

If you feel like a walking billboard when wearing a logo, that’s on you. I think the loudest fashion is those who wear no logos, yet proceed to scream ’this is my logoless Cucinelli and I will have all of you poors, rats, nouveau riche, plebs and proles know!’ at the top of your lungs. You cannot resist the temptation of people not knowing that your unassuming piece is an expensive brand piece, can you.

Ed B
Ed B
1 year ago
Reply to  Mel

I think SOME people are like that, and some aren’t. I wouldn’t say everyone who dresses from Cucinelli or The Row etc. is loud about it. I also don’t think every single person wearing a logo piece like an LV canvas bag is doing it JUST to show that they have an LV purse…

Feline
Feline
1 year ago
Reply to  Mel

Thank you for this delightfully entertaining analysis. Now that your vitriolic impulse has been acted upon, maybe you will consider my experience as equally valid as yours. I will let you pay thousands of dollars to mega corporations so that you can adorn their logos from head to toe and thus have the privilege to advertise their brands for free everywhere you go. Meanwhile, I ll keep on living my life without having to worry about you—except when we cross path and my eyes will be tricked in thinking I’m staring at a Canal St sidewalk.

Willow
Willow
1 year ago

Thank god quiet luxury is having its shine again. So tiring to see people wearing items with so many logos plastered over them. You’re not Times Square. What an assault on the eyes.

Simone de beau
Simone de beau
1 year ago
Reply to  Willow

Absolutely agree. 👏👏👏👏

Helen
Helen
1 year ago

Quiet luxury reminds me of my grandmother, who always looked impeccably groomed even through her late 80s. I do not know how she managed it, it’s a skill that I did not inherit and I envy it in her (and others)! She dressed well, without obvious logos, and in what suited her. I kinda doubt her outfits reached the 5-figure amount, especially because she was not particularly interested in handbags that I know of, but this concept is one that she certainly embraced otherwise. 🙂

I don’t mind logos, although I rarely wear them myself. I don’t think it’s at all surprising that people are sick of them — or that people love them. Luxury brands sell dreams & the kind of lifestyle that a lot of people want and very few people actually have. Lots of logo pieces are entry level pieces that brands push out at low price points — and so you DO see a lot people wearing those pieces, and only those pieces, b/c they want a piece of that promised lifestyle & status. It’s… I dunno, I need a way to insert the *shrug* emoji here. I think the finger needs to be pointed at the brands for that one.

When it comes to judging people who wear logos, etc — I think if one Birkin owner wants to judge another over what they’re wearing, it’s whatever to me. If you’re carrying a handbag that costs as much as a Birkin, I think you’ll be okay if someone doesn’t like your Gucci belt. I think it’s less cool if you’re carrying a Birkin and judging someone about their Michael Kors logo bag. That’s punching down for no reason.

This turned out way too long. Anyway, thanks for coming to my dissertation.

Lisa
Lisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Helen

Thank you so much for posting this. There is so much negativity and pure hatred on this page and we don’t even know each other. In times like this, shouldn’t we be worried about the state of our great nation and the safety of those around us? I would give up EVERY designer label that I have to make mental health services readily available to all, to ensure every child is given opportunity regardless of where they live or how much money they have. Obviously this is reaching off topic, but so is nitpicking others because they choose to shop fast fashion when someone else chooses not to. That is the wonderful thing about living in America, we get to choose. Appreciate the fact that we can all be different instead of tearing each other down for it. Rant over.

Samantha
Samantha
1 year ago
Reply to  Helen

Everything you wrote about your grandmother perfectly described my Nana. Every day she dressed impeccably even if she wasn’t going anywhere. She had a quiet elegance and unique style that I always admired, but could never achieve. Good memories of a wonderful woman.

Klara P
Klara P
1 year ago

I refuse to link my choices with any “luxury” segmentation and reject for my choices to be judged by any labeling. It’s in the mind of others which I do not control and do not care to. I find all the “guidance” and musing (logo or not logo, maximalist or minimalist etc) missing the point — occasion-proper aside, I choose joy. Other than these two criteria, all other rumination can result in something contrived.

BooBoo
BooBoo
1 year ago
Reply to  Klara P

Well said!

Morrione
Morrione
1 year ago

I have a few Birkins, loros etc. and I don’t own any visible logo bags (it’s just not my style but I don’t have a problem with others who love it) but the irony in all this name calling is that we all know we are not buying Hermès for its “quality” per se. If this was all we wanted we would just buy from the quality leather artisans in Firenze. We all know Hermès is quite overpriced even for the quality of leather. Some of my artisan pieces are much more high quality at half the cost and I get to design them myself. Hermès is already at a point (for me) that it’s being treated like Louis Vuitton a couple of years back (only at a higher income bracket) where everyone is just wearing it because they want to be known to be wearing it. I feel like this quiet luxury thing is such a big deal to Americans. Maybe you need to come to Europe and see how we do fashion. Plenty of fashionistas wearing mixed income brands and looking great. I like dressing in very plain clothes with almost no logos. But that’s just me and that’s ok. That is why fashion is fun. The only thing that is fashionable and never goes out of style is how good you treat other people. The only bad fashion is Crocs. 🤣

Moi
Moi
1 year ago

Honestly, just select what you want. Hi Low, Quiet Luxury, Loud Luxury, Ear-Splittingly Loud Luxury…… Wheat what you want.

Guest
Guest
1 year ago
Reply to  Moi

I love the ear-splittingly loud luxury.. whatever that is lol

BooBoo
BooBoo
1 year ago

My goodness, such catty, condescending comments! Is there any room here for someone who just wants to share a love of fine handbags without having to pass a “classiness” test first?

Otter
Otter
1 year ago

There is a lack of fun here. Dang.

ari
ari
1 year ago

Personally I love the look of a monochromatic outfit, that fits perfectly and is made out of beautiful fabrics. Or an all black top and bottom, that fits just right, mules and a cream wool overcoat. And the only item with an obvious label is the handbag. It’s the Dior Caro large in black that’s my go to. Or a classic speedy 35b in DE if I’m carrying a lot that day.
Not everyone likes LV classics but I love how durable they are. Mine has gone through everything. Drinks spilled, dogs digging their nails into the bag, and years of random life events and it’s still looking brand new. No one will ever change my mind on this bag. I buy them because it’s beautiful and useful.

adguru
adguru
1 year ago

Whatever happened to “live and let live”?! While I personally favor an understated look (which has nothing to do with my bank balance) and enjoy all my Hermès bags — from under-the-radar to the most recognizable styles — I’ve also always loved the design of the LV monogram.

Let’s be a little kinder and try not to make assumptions based solely on appearances with no other information. That said, I do think there’s a contradiction in values between craftsmanship and disposable fashion.

Lorelei
Lorelei
1 year ago

I too am getting a bit tired of perfectly placed high end luxury items for Instagram posts (I’m talking to you Lesley Beador) with so many brands crammed into one shot it’s no longer about what gives you joy but what you can show your audience you own in one sitting. Personally I think one high end item at a time is enough with anything from Zara to Max Mara thrown in for good measure. Head to toe mixed designer brands does the opposite for me of what the wearer is obviously trying to accomplish.

Love
Love
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorelei

YES! The ridiculousness of these Instagram posts! Ladies trying to show off shoes, bag, diamond ring, and car key all in the same shot. 🤣 Like who are you trying to impress? You’re so basic with your Loubs, Chanel flap, zircon rock, and leased Benz! It’s so pathetic and staged that it comforts me in my decision of leaving all social media platform last year. Better focus on what truly matters!

Ed B
Ed B
1 year ago
Reply to  Love

I don’t have Instagram or FB but I do follow some fitness subs on Reddit and omg some posters post gym outfits with like a 6-stack of cartier bangles and their car key on the gym washroom counter’s top and it’s just like…girl what are you doing what is this

DSquared
DSquared
1 year ago

This whole comment thread is absolutely hilarious.

Samantha
Samantha
1 year ago

Why are there so many negative assumptions about why people carry high end brands, like Hermes Birkins, etc.? I buy because of the quality and craftsmanship, only. In fact, I had no idea about Hermes when I randomly wandered into an Hermes boutique that opened in my city, 10 years ago. I was immediately drawn to the impeccable quality and beauty of their products. I owned one designer bag, a Chanel 2.55, and it didn’t compare. That random initial visit stirred up my interest and I have since purchased many products.

WineCountryLisa
WineCountryLisa
1 year ago

Isn’t anyone else wondering what that gorgeous first bag is and whether it comes in smooth leather?

Lorelei
Lorelei
1 year ago

Khaite Lotus! Comes in white leather and raffia…or suede. You’re welcome!

WineCountryLisa
WineCountryLisa
1 year ago
Reply to  Lorelei

Aaaaand…THANK YOU!!!!!

Angela Moore
Angela Moore
1 year ago

One great thing I love about handbags are the wide variety of being able to express your personal style. The same with people, we are all unique, with various taste and it all is beautiful in my eyes to see someone embrace who they are regardless of trends, logos or no logos. A handbag doesn’t fully encompass who some is or represents. We are too complex of beings to be limited to who we fully are based on external, material items.

ZSG
ZSG
1 year ago

I love ‘quiet luxury’ as much as I love some logos. While I wouldn’t want to be out and about Dorit Kemsley style, all clad in one designer head to toe, who am I to judge if she (or anyone else) wants to be? One size does not fit all!

Laureen
Laureen
1 year ago

There is a difference between being fashionable or stylish. If you’re reading everywhere about quiet luxury, it’s a trend. Style is innate and can be filled with logos or not. It’s not something you can pay extra for. I’ve seen very stylish people covered in logos and others who can’t afford a logo. For my part quiet luxury is also related to discretion. This discretion doesn’t come from a desire to be fashionable but from a fear of being attacked in a world where the gap of wealth is outrageous and I don’t feel like being noticed as a price tag, and feel that the ostentatious flaunting of wealth is not tacky because of a logo but because it feels insensitive to me. Wear your logos with gratitude and a sense of humility. I think the trend should always be just don’t be a jerk.

Diva_k3000
Diva_k3000
1 year ago

For me, there’s a time and place for everything. Sometimes I want to flex and wear big obvious logos and let everyone know my outfit is expensive. Other times I want to fly under the radar.

It just depends on your personal style and the situation you’re in. I’ve never been super comfortable drawing attention to myself and grew up poor, and my parents taught me that material things are not what’s important, so I have baggage about caring about fashion and/or wearing anything someone might know is expensive. Honestly, those who wear logos have the confidence to draw attention to themselves in that way, which I admire.