The shock of finding out the cost of ridiculously expensive items

December 9, 2017 — by Ava Hooman

I love to explore high-end retailers’ websites. It’s both fun and informative.

The most upscale retailers include Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and Saks Fifth Avenue. These department stores carry a large variety of items for everyone in the family. They also carry luxury items for the home. If you click the filter on these sites to show “prices high to low,” it will give you the most expensive items first. Then get ready to be shocked.

Some of the most expensive items these retailers sell are diamonds and jewelry, genuine fur coats and designer ball gowns. The prices for these items can easily exceed tens of thousands of dollars. An Oscar De La Renta gown is priced at nearly $13,000 while an emerald ring goes for $400,000.

There is also a wide variety of “fashion forward” designer items that style and cut may also surprise. The odd shapes and colors would cause most people to shy away from these items, but some of the richest and most fashionable people obviously love to purchase them. An example of this is an oversized Gucci plaid shirt with embroidery that costs nearly $5,000.

A big example of “fashion forward” clothing is asymmetrical tops, dresses and skirts. They have harsh lines and usually have cutouts in the fabric.

Asymmetrical clothing is popular and frequently made by the most high-end designers. This type of clothing is creative and expresses individualism for people. Altuzarra, THE ROW, Diane von Furstenberg and Cinq a sept are some of the designers who commonly release asymmetrical clothing.

On the other hand, there are always people who prefer to dress more casual and comfy.

Some of the most simple items are also sold for the most shocking prices. A simple black T-shirt is sold for hundreds of dollars solely from the designer logo it has placed on the center of the shirt. Similarly, plain black pants or white sneakers are listed for the same staggering prices.

The brand Golden Goose sells distressed shoes starting at $500. The shoes are made to look dirty and completely worn out. The average person would never even consider purchasing dirty shoes, let alone for the outrageous price they are selling it at.

Though I love to gawk at these sites, I would never even think about buying something as ridiculous as those shoes or an overpriced black tee.

Nowadays, it seems that the more strange something is, the more people want to buy it for obscene prices.

It is practically impossible to find an item that is inexpensive from one of these many retailers, but there is a clear difference between something that is expensive yet practical compared to something that is just flat-out overpriced and silly.

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