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My newest purchase was hardly what I expected; a fake Fashionphile bag. All this time, I had been complaining about not being able to afford a designer bag – so much so, that a friend decided to surprise me with one. As soon as I unwrapped the box, my heart sank. It was just too obvious it was a knock-off. I was so disappointed and absolutely furious.

Even though I hated the gift right away, my friend had gone to a lot of trouble to get it for me. I was determined to make the best of the situation. I examined the bag closely with a critical eye and I could make out the poor craftsmanship. All the details which give away a fake from an original, were there: the strap was too streamlined, the leather felt waxy and the monogram had a sloppier print than I expected. I realized this would be an obstacle to overcome.

I was all set to return it when I remembered something my mother used to tell me: “If you can’t change the situation, try to change your attitude about it.” This gave me a new outlook on the present. I decided to take advantage of the situation and try to make my own statement with this fake bag.

I chose to make it the star of my outfit. I went out and bought some unusual accessories to go along with it; for instance, a shiny scarf, some statement earrings, and a unique pair of sandals. I donned my newly assembled outfit and took photos of it. The look was glamorous, no thanks to the bag.

The comments I received made my heart soar. Everyone in my circle of friends wanted to know where I had bought the bag. They had no idea this was a fashionphile fake. I was so proud of myself, for having the strength to showcase the bag in all its “glory”.

Truth be told, this situation taught me an important life lesson: don’t be quick to judge. The value of something lies in the eye of the beholder. I began to pay less attention to what society tells us is “in” and more focus on how I can express my personal style with the items I have.

At the same time, I embraced my newly found inner diva. I created my vision and proceeded to put it to the test, with glam results. I created memorable looks, put together from items lurking in the shadows of the mall. I even started to dress up my plain white bag, with keychains and brooches, creating my very own signature look.

My fashionphile fake bags bag experience taught me that I can never really tell what a piece may become, at the end of the day. Sometimes, the most unexpected items can deliver the best results. Never reject something out of hand, no matter how “unhip” it may appear.

So now I’m more open-minded about my purchases. I look for quality and special pieces, regardless of how they are perceived. I am no longer restricting my choices to pieces designated as “the best”, but instead I look for something original and different. I’m shopping for things that speak to me and put my own personal stamp on my wardrobe.

Fashion will no longer be an overwhelming proposition for me, no need for breaking a sweat or a bank. I will simply take pleasure in expressing my uniqueness through my clothes. And replica bags one thing’s for sure, I’ll never be stuck in a fashion rut again.