So, as you guys know, I don't really dress to blend in. I have a quirky style, but it's not out of line with the other residents (except the surgical ones who wear scrubs, or the obstetrical ones who also wear scrubs, for fluid reasons).
Recently, I have had people in various "allied health" services come up to me and ask me about various pieces of clothing. I normally don't mind, if they ask me where I purchased something, especially if I'm having some down time, and they're not interrupting whatever work I am trying to get done.
I have been stocking up my closet with a lot of second or third cut Anthropologie (from the store) or used items. I love these pieces very much, and I spend some time tailoring them to suit my needs and my shape. One of the things I love about these pieces is the material they are made of and how wonderful it feels to wear them.
Some of the instructors of an allied health training program came up and felt my blazer (not really with my permission) and announced, "Why are you spending so much money on clothes?" And her counterpart chimed in, "Don't you know those are very expensive stores?" And one of the students said, "I can't afford to shop there!"
The blazer in question cost me $23 off eBay, but I don't think that was really the point. The skirt in question was another $32 off eBay, and my blouse was $12 from Forever21. So I was definitely perplexed, but at the same time, I don't question them about their spendy-spendy scrubs either (the fashion kind, not the ones from the hospital). I suppose if I was someone who wore a $158 skirt to the hospital (original price) and a $98 blazer (original price), I don' t think I should have to defend myself either.
One of the resident colleagues with me made a comment that this was the difference between being a doctor's salary and their allied health salary, which I don't think really helped the situation.
Regardless of my resident colleagues' response, I wasn't really sure what to say in response to a few people at working confronting me about my spending habits. I'm not an excessive spender, I carry a Tim Hortons coffee ($1.80 or so) on the wards most of the time, and not a Starbucks. A lot of the residents have LV bags, and I carry my trusty Fossil (also used, $48). I drive a 14 year old car.
Thanks for letting me rant - and do you guys have anything creative you usually say to these types of people?