Designer Collaborations: Too Expensive?

Posted On Wednesday, February 16th, 2011
Filed Under: Designer on a Dime, Looking FLY on a Dime

Christian Siriano for Payless, $54.99. Lela Rose for Payless, $49.99

I’ve been noticing a trend lately at budget retailers like Payless, Target and H&M: higher prices…and I don’t like it. Last week I posted photos of Payless’ designer collaborations for spring and you guys loved most of the pieces but hated the cost. Dropping $60 for a pair of shoes at Payless was a bit baffling to some of you. 60 bucks isn’t a lot for gorgeous footwear, but for that price, you can go to Macy’s or DSW and possibly spend even less.

Zac Posen for Target: $79.99 and $69.99

I’m all for designers collaborating with affordable chains {it brings fashion to the masses and is still way cheaper than their upscale collections} but how high are the price tags going to rise? I wonder if in the near future Payless will have a designer line that retails close to $100?

And furthermore, there’s always so much hoopla surrounding the lines that everyone ends up wearing the same thing.

Lanvin for H&M dresses, $249 and $199

How much are you guys willing to spend at a budget retailer like Target, H&M or Payless? Do these prices defeat the purpose of their wallet-friendly purpose? Or are you willing to drop extra for the designer collections?

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10 thoughts on “Designer Collaborations: Too Expensive?

  1. I’m willing to pay whatever price as long as the item is quality. Just because Christian throws his name on some shoes at Payless doesn’t appeal to me anymore than the other shoes but if I really like them and feel that the quality is substantial then I will pay for them regardless. Same thing goes for me when I shop at higher end boutiques or stores. But annoyed me on a recent trip to Buffalo Exchange was a USED pair of Christian Sirano for PAYLESS heels being sold for $35!!! These people done lost their mind.

  2. I’m willing to pay whatever price as long as the item is quality. Just because Christian throws his name on some shoes at Payless doesn’t appeal to me anymore than the other shoes but if I really like them and feel that the quality is substantial then I will pay for them regardless. Same thing goes for me when I shop at higher end boutiques or stores.

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  4. OMG, yes! I’ve noticed the prices getting higher. Even at places like Forever 21. I remember when 5 years ago they used to be dirt cheap. They’re still cheap now but prices have definitely gone up. If a piece is really unique, then I’ll buy it, but if not, I’ll just go to Macy’s (where I get all of my clothes, lol) and spend the same amont…and I can use a coupon!

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  6. Payless has always equaled cheap in my mind…..that is its niche! I know that if I spend $15 on a pair of shoes from “Payless” that they might fall apart in less than a month. In all honesty, I think $20 is my cap for Payless. I can go elsewhere and get better quality with great sales for just a bit more money. I just went to Payless and liked a pair of summer slides, but they were $27 with no sale. I put them baxk immediately…..worth $15…yes….worth $27…NO! If the quality was better, I would could consider $27 a fair deal, but the quality doesn’t justify the price!

  7. I no longer shop at what should no longer be called “Payless”!! I have little girls and their boots cost the same as the adult shoes. Go to Beautysupplystores and buy your boots people!!!

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