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I love Anthropologie. A LOT. But I only shop their sale section, and even there I only let myself spend under $30. I’ve been shopping there for over 3 years, and yet I only have 4 items from there: a headband, two skirts (one of which was broken so I got it for $9.99), and a PJ tank top that is pretty enough to use as an ordinary tank top. Click here to see a look with two of my pieces. However, I wholeheartedly agree with everything you wrote in this post. Anthropologie is selling a carefree fantasy lifestyle where everything is pretty, unique, and makes you feel like there’s purpose behind it. Except they’re actually also selling you clothes they get for dirt cheap, made of materials you can get at Forever 21 and H&M and everywhere else, because real quality clothing is hard to come by (and if it exists, it probably costs way more than what you can find at Anthropologie anyway). I’ve heard that Anthropologie supports fair-trade and only buys from sweat-shop free producers. That’s the story that is told to legitimize the high prices. I don’t actually know to what extent the story is true; perhaps they’re expensive because they carry out business ethically. Or maybe it’s just what they want you to swallow, so you can fool yourself into thinking you’re perfectly capable of living that dreamy, boho lifestyle while doing something good for the world. Will I stop shopping there their sale section? Nope. Will I ever, even if and when I make more than $10,000 a year, actually shop there? No. Because there’s just something about paying $250 for a cheap albeit beautiful and unique dress that makes me feel disgusted.