Won’t Ever Be MeWoman in the Middle | September 24, 2012
I subscribe to Vanity Fair magazine, which I just love. I don’t usually spend much time looking at the ads for the many expensive products using the pages of my favorite magazine to hock their wares. I just enjoy the stories. This month, however, the October issue of Vanity Fair came with a separate smaller magazine which contained 76 pages of beautiful things brought to you and me from Ralph Lauren. I picked it up Saturday morning for the first time to figure out if it was something that should go to the recycling bin or to the library.
As I thumbed through the pages of this amazingly expensive piece of advertising, I saw many things that made me think to myself, “If I were thinner and had much more money than I have now, I might buy some of the these clothes.” Then I got to the back two pages. They included a list of all the Ralph Lauren stores, everywhere. I noted that California, in spite of the economic down turn, has eight Ralph Lauren Stores, including six which are within reasonable driving distance of my home. Obviously Ralph Lauren and I are meant to be, when I lose 100 pounds and gain a million dollars! Then I saw where other Ralph Lauren stores are located : Kuwait City, Dubai, Bahrain, Hong Kong, St. Moritz…and they went on to list every exotic and expensive place you can think of. So while I am within striking distance of a dream Lauren wardrobe, as the crow flies, I finally had to admit to myself, it ain’t gonna happen. Even if life hands me the ability to wear and afford Ralph Lauren clothes, I am not the sort of person who wears clothes from a company that has stores in Kuwait City and Dubai. Another dream bites the dust! By the way, the 76 pages went into the recycle bin.