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I do not live the "Hills" lifestyle

January 4th, 2008 at 08:53 pm

So I was really bored today and MTV was having a "The Hills" marathon. For those of you who have never heard of the show, it's a reality show who follows Lauren, a girl who works for Teen Vogue in LA and her friends.

For the first couple of episodes I saw today they were having a pop-up-video of sorts where they selected certain items the the girls were wearing to show how much they cost. Several of the shirts and shorts were $300, headbands and bracelets were up in the $100s. The least expensive thing I saw was a pair of sunglasses for $11. Then at the end of the show they would total up the price of everything shown. One of the shows the total was $69K (they did show a $60K car), and for the other two they were about $8,000 and $9,000.

Many teenagers watch this show, what sort of ideas are they getting that to be cool and trendy like the people on the show they need to spend $300 on a shirt?!?! To the shows credit there was about once or twice per episode they had an advertisement saying "get this same look for cheaper at ______(insert Target, Kohls, etc)" But still, way too much money!!

Needless to say, I am NOT living the Hills lifestyle, nor will I probably ever be!

5 Responses to “I do not live the "Hills" lifestyle”

  1. nomorecredit Says:

    I agree, even if I HAD the money to spend that kind of $$$, there's no way I would. I'm sure that $300 shirt does the exact same thing my $10 shirt does!

  2. Dido Says:

    I had to check your post when I saw the title to see if it indeed referred to Beverly Hills (I don't watch TV). I grew up within walking distance of Beverly Hills, and it seemed as though some of the girls in my school wanted to "out-Gucci" the BHHS girls because we were class-wise a step down. (Prices were less than half what you said at the time, though!) I did not then and do not ever want to join that club!

  3. EnglishTeacher Says:

    Ok, I'll admit it: I've seen an episode or two of The Hills in my day. Basically, the show confuses me. Is it a reality show? Is it a soap opera? What the heck is it? =)

  4. denisentexas Says:

    I had a guest today at work who bought a pair of shoes. I commented they were nice and she said, "Oh, I saw some like them on the Hills and have been looking for a pair like them for weeks!" I had no idea what she meant. Now I do. I almost wish I didn't, though. I don't think I could spend money like that even if I had it 1000 times over!

  5. Paul Says:

    I would like to say that, as a teenager in ct, I don't think there's anything wrong in an investment piece like a $300 shirt! I'm not some snobby rich kid, I just think that if your concerned about clothing cost use the wear per price age method, if you tend to go a little crazy on a $500 blazer that you'll wear ten times v.s. a $60 pair of jeans you're gonna wear one and toss well then suddenly the blazer is the better choice. Look, I'm not a fashionista or anything of the like, I'm a teenager who likes to look good, but yea there's a price tag on that. But it doesn't have to be huge if you know where to splurge and where to save, zara, h&m, and topman (or topshop for ladies) can be invaluable resources! But in a silk scarf, a handmade shirt, or cashmere sweater, the price showed in the quality. And you really don't need that much, a few good shirts, pairs of jeans/pants a blazer or two and a couple nice sweaters and pars of shoes and you're good! Focus on different combos and accessories!


    My not so extensive wardrobe has items starting at $15 and go up to $1,200 not too too bad! And yes I have a $305 tee shirt from Alexandre Plokhov 😀

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