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For this week’s edition of Would You Wear? I want to know your thoughts on a controversial issue.. designer knockoffs.
While some people love their Canal Street Chanel bags (I spot those fakes all over campus!), others would rather rock Target than fake designer anything. And according to a new study published in the New York Times last week, wearing counterfeit designer duds makes you more likely to be dishonest.
The NYT study was simple: a professor took 250 people and split them into two groups. The first group was told they were being given authentic designer sunglasses, while the other was told their glasses were fake. The two groups were put through a series of tests wearing the glasses including a math exam. When the study was finished, it turned out that 60% of the “fake” group cheated on the math test, compared to 20% of the “real” group. Weird, huh?
So what do you think? Personally, I’m not 100% against knockoffs – they make design affordable for everyone. But I only like fun, obvious fakes that don’t pretend to be “designer” – like the H&M version of a trendy designer dress. For example, I love the Forever 21 copy of Alexander Wang’s fringe booties. They’re a trendy item & won’t be in style even one month from now. And it’s not like you’d wear ’em every day. Why pay full price?
On the other hand, I’d never carry a faux Chanel bag – it would be sacrilegious! I don’t think I could live with myself if I pretend a fake Chanel was real.. every time I wore it (which would be almost every day), I’d know I was lying to myself and the world. I’d rather save up and earn the real thing or not have one at all.
What do you think? Would you wear a designer knockoff? Do you own any? If so, what type of fake? I want to read your thoughts, so make sure to leave a comment!