This last summer I went to Italy. It was blistering hot and I was waiting outside of the Vatican in a small tour group when I spotted a woman walk towards us. She was probably 50 or so and dressed head to toe in Gucci. At first, I thought to myself, "Damn, go off" but that soon turned into a big "Oh no." She was wearing a bomb fit, but it didn't actually fit her well. It looked like she was trying to be a 20-year-old fashion blogger when in reality she looked like Regina George's mom from "Mean Girls."

I'm not bashing designer clothing. Designer clothes are usually well made out of materials and tailoring that you can trust. Not to mention, wearing designer is always a mad flex. But I can't tell you how many people I see that wear things just because they're designer. I think the main culprit of this is our society. For whatever reason, we have developed this mentality of "more expensive is better" as our society has evolved. A lot of times this mentality isn't particularly wrong. The truth is, maybe it's a better idea to eat at a nice sushi place than to eat the sushi they sell at your local grocery store (not to hate on your grocery store, but I promise you that sushi at Nobu is better than sushi at Ralph's). But things have changed, now that fashion designers have decided to come out with literal trash for fashion with sky-high pricing.

My favorite example of trash fashion are those purposefully beat-up sneakers that actually look like they came out of a dumpster. You know, the ones that designers have labeled as avant-garde. A bunch of designers have come out with a few different "takes" on this. All of Gucci's Screener Sneaker line are just trashed sneakers. Balenciaga once came out with a sneaker a few years ago that was similar just, you know, Balenciaga. It's depressing knowing that brands are so desperate for new material on the runway that they have literally resorted to dumpster diving.

I guess the moral of this story is that labels are absolutely worthless to your everyday style unless you actually pick out an investment piece that works for you because you like it, not just because it has a fancy label. The world of luxury has capitalized too much off of making mediocrity and marketing it as a luxury, simply because we allow them to. We keep giving them our money for them to continue making mediocrity.

I don't know about you, but if I'm paying upwards of a grand for a pair of shoes, they better be damn good and they better actually fit. And they for sure will not be pre-trashed.