Just about everyone has a friend (or two or even more) who is all about designer labels. She (although sometimes it is he) brags about her (or his) latest acquisition such as "I just bought a new Nancy Gonzalez bag that will go perfectly with my Alice + Olivia dress and those darling Charlotte Olympia shoes I have waiting in my closet." Not only does it grow old and tiresome very quickly to those who have to listen to this type of person, more often than not the bragger isn't getting value out of the purchases they have made.
There are few people in this world who do not appreciate a true bargain, but, what's the point of buying a pair of Manolo Blahnik shoes when you have no place to wear them or are so utterly uncomfortable that just the thought of putting them on makes your entire body scream in pain?
Stop the label madness and by what you need and what you'll actually wear. If it happens to be a designer label -- great! However, quality and value are far more important and this applies where it is a dress, a sweater, a handbag or shoes or anything else you may wear or have as an accessory.
And, to clarify further, value doesn't equal cheap. On the contrary, value means it is something that you'll use very often and the garment or accessory will stand up to use time and time again and still look fresh and new. So, a $300 Coach handbag that you use every day for three years is a far better buy than a $3000 Judith Leiber minaudiere on sale for $500 that you'll never use.
One last tip for "labelers" -- anyone with any class (who can afford to buy designer labels) doesn't brag about it. It's very matter of fact, and, often times the person will try to downplay the expense of the item. And, here's a good example to bring the point to life. Kate Middleton would never brag about a garment or accessory that she is wearing (the press might, but, not her.) On the flip side, Adrienne Maloof of "The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills" is that type that would brag. (Money does not always equal class and this certainly applies to any cast member of any reality show you can name ranging from the Kardashians to The Real Housewives to the classless cast of Resale Royalty."