I don’t know what it costs to manufacture designer sunglasses. If I did, I’d probably need to be hospitalized from a markup heart-attack. But the better question is: what are designer sunglasses worth? To me, they’re worth the case into which I carefully place them before losing them in my handbag. They’re worth the extra care I take to ensure the weight of my ass doesn’t crush them in the car, never to be worn again. To me, they’re worth the investment.
It’s possible I’ve been brainwashed by Vogue to believe there’s something special about a few pieces of plastic (insert Mean Girls meme). But if I compare the number of sunglasses I’ve owned in the past 5 years to the number of flimsy boardwalk sunglasses I hoarded in my teens, the numbers make sense.
Maybe it has nothing to do with quality. Maybe it’s a state of mind – treating a pair of designer sunglasses as a luxury somehow makes them feel worth it. And if fashion isn’t a feeling, then why do we bother?
Would you invest in a pair of designer sunglasses? Share a thought in a comment below!