The phrase sounds ridiculous. “My Smoking Slippers”. Pretentious maybe? At the very least outdated. Nonetheless I love my smoking slippers and this is evidenced by their worn appearance. There is a scuff on the toe and they are a bit dirty. The two silver R’s embroidered on the toe are intact though, and even though they stand for Rock and Republic, I like to think they are my very own monogrammed smoking slippers. So not pretentious at all.
Most trends start in haute-land; on one or more of the runways in Paris, Milan or New York. Then as Meryl Streep’s Miranda Priestly in Devil Wears Prada so eloquently describes, it trickles down to the bargain bin where us mere mortals can find our ‘steal’ that we swear looks ‘just like’ the one we saw in Vogue/W/Glamour/Marie Claire. And that’s okay. And I know you are waiting for me to tell you where I got these fabulous navy blue smoking slippers with the silver embroidery, that have lasted 2+ years and are crazy-comfortable.
I got them at Khol’s. It was an October sale and shoes were so cheap I was actually able to buy 4 pair, which is crazy. 2 out of those 4 are looking a bit worse for wear, but these slippers are the stars of the show. They check all the boxes. Affordable. Comfortable. Trendy. Long-lasting.
Oftentimes what we find in Miranda Priestly’s ‘bargain box’ can indeed look a bit cheap, and fall short of expectations. How many times have I purchased and thrown out $6-7 tank tops from Forever 21, H&M or Target? A lot. These tanks have their place, they are dead useful, and there is nothing wrong with them. But when you are trying to dress a bit older (say for a first career) a cheap tank no longer cuts it. And one that frays after a few washes definitely doesn’t. It’s nice to know there’s accessible fashion out there, which when we put it on can make us look and feel like a million bucks.
And we get compliments from other stylish folks when we’re sipping overpriced gin drinks in fancy hotel bars.