There's no denying the fact that shopping at international retail fast fashion chain stores is easier, affordable for the South African shopper, and even slightly more convenient. You can always find those platform shoes you spotted on your favourite Instagram mutual, mass produced in a store at a mall near you (if that's what you're into). Ultimately, fast fashion is generally easier on the wallet than exclusive boutique items.
The other side of the coin is shopping thrift to avoid being a part of the mannequin phenomenon as well as a means of adopting slow fashion for the sake of the environment. Alternatively, you splurge on luxury threads and beauty spreads. And I believe those luxury purchases are usually of French or Italian origin - or should I say more commonly so. I'll admit, I too, am drawn to the likes of Estée Lauder, Nuxe, Berdoues, Diego dalla Palma, and even La Mer (on very, very rare occasions).