After writing this whole post about how much I despise reverse snobbery, and yesterday I realize: wait...I do this. I think like this. I am *gasp* a reverse snob.
Is there a 12 step program?
This is what happened. My mother in law, sister in law, E and I went out to the Americana Shopping center.
Each time we went into a store, I would look around and think, we can find similar things for a fraction of the price. Why would anyone throw their money away like this? Since we were looking for a Hanukkah present for my father in law, the first two stores didn't quite impact me much. Mostly I sat on the first sat I found and fiddled with my phone.
But in Ralph Lauren the first section was for kids and E pointed out a toggle coat that looks a lot like the one he has. Why would a child need a $200 coat that they'll out grow possibly before the season is out? Why would a little boy need a cashmere sweater? In this store I scoffed and labeled it all as...yes, snobbery.
Then my loving husband, gem that he is, pointed out my hypocrisy. He pointed out that my visceral reaction to these high end stores was dismissive and though he didn't utter the words reverse snobbery (I am 9 mo pregnant, no telling what my hormonal emotions will lead me to do!), he did point out the behavior.
He showed me some little jackets and if I ignored the price, they were cute.
Not that I would spend that much for a 3 year old's jacket.
So now I'm feeling all hypocritical. On the one hand, I shouldn't be so quick to consider people who frequent these high end stores more interested in their image and the name brands they wear. On the other hand, that is my first thought. Followed closely by, Gawd I hope I am never so full of myself that I consider Ralph Lauren my go to store for clothes.
I can remember when I thought the same thing about the Gap, way back when I was a poor college student.
So I guess if there were a 12 step program, I'd first have to admit that there is something I need to deal with here. You know, like a problem. That I might have possibly been denying having.