Originally Posted by MoneyWellSpent
Englade, quoting Shakespeare doesn't elevate your comment above the same level that you are saying is "sad." Also, implying that I am behaving childishly because I point out behavior that I consider to be childish doesn't equate the former with the latter. If that is true, then your comment brought you to the same level of childish behavior, regardless of the fact that you used Shakespeare to say it. I don't really believe that, but you seem to based on your comment.
Now, I know people are going to roll their eyes, and pull the old "please move on" card, but they are free to keep scrolling through comments that they aren't interested in. That's the beauty of a mouse. Please help me understand why it is a problem for me to consider the behavior to be juvenile? If my belief that it is juvenile is insulting, perhaps that is because the person making said decision isn't confident in their decision making process. Is that possible? One of the pillars of style is confidence
in what you are purchasing and wearing. If a person legitimately likes something, and wears it confidently, they will pull off an article of clothing very well even if an observer doesn't like the item itself. However, if a person is wearing something that an observer likes, but they are fidgeting and acting self conscious in it, it isn't going to look good. Purchasing things for the simple reason that they are endorsed by a celebrity is a slippery slope towards ending up with stuff that isn't "you." The prevalence of this type of behavior is inversely proportional to age. The younger the person, the higher the prevalence of this type of behavior. That's why most people have bad memories of their middle school years.
Finally, I don't know you, and you don't know me. I don't know if you have children, and if you do, I don't know how old they are. I have young ones. I wonder if you would follow your "superior" thinking and quote Shakespeare to your middle school aged daughter when she says "Daddy, I have
to have this shirt! It's the one Brittany Spears is wearing!" Or, would you do what most parents do, and say that it really doesn't matter what Brittany Spears is wearing, and proceed with the age old response that we can all see played out in our heads about how she can get just as good a shirt, for half the price, at another store, that actually may be better quality, and nobody will know the difference. The only reason she noticed it and liked it is because of a celebrity endorsement and group think. "But daddy!!! I'm not going to be cool if I don't have the same shirt that Brittany Spears is wearing! All my other friends have it too!!! Need I go on? Probably not, because we all know what I am trying to paint a picture of. We've all been through it either when we were kids ourselves, and/or as adults dealing with kids of our own. I really don't see why this is having to be explained in any level of detail, but I generally don't subscribe to group think, and it seems that those who do aren't comfortable with being told that they do.