Poor Is Cool! (But Only If You’re Not Really Poor)

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This is for those of you who remember the nineties. Photo: Getty Images

Poverty is always cycling in and out of fashion, and after a long spell of it being decidedly out, pauvre chic is, thanks to the recession, totally back. And it's already hit the suburbs! And Vanity Fair: “I was at the Food Emporium in Bedford [in Westchester County] yesterday, using my Food Emporium discount card,” a Greenwich woman tells the magazine. “The well-dressed wife of a Wall Street guy was standing behind me. She asked me how to get one. Then she said, ‘Have you ever used coupons?’ I said, ‘Sure, maybe not lately, but sure.’ She said, ‘It’s all the rage now — where do you get them?’” [VF, YouTube]