So what does this all lead to? A confirmation of the idea that "clothes influence performance when they have a symbolic meaning and when they're being worn". Or as Flanagan explains in a more visceral way, "It's more desirable to wear a Jason Wu original than a knock-off, and standing beside a rack of Chanel suits isn't the same as wearing one."
The first half of her quote is something I try to dispel time and time again on my blog to, as I'm aware, ears that don't always agree. But the second half of Flanagan's quote is something I think any fashion shopper can relate to. You can sneak as many furtive glances at that gorgeous embellished number as you want, trying to convince your beating heart you can live vicariously through these glances, but you would only be fooling yourself. Nothing compares to that moment when you slip on whatever has been beckoning you. You feel like a different person, you stand taller, you look at yourself in the mirror with a flustered smile, and you think, "Wow, so this is what it's like to live."
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