Not only is Fleabag dressed in numerous expensive clothes, in interviews the wardrobe designer pretends they're not expensive! Pretends this is what a struggling, broke cafe owner would wear. NO. No matter what the show wanted to communicate with Fleabag's attire for her mom's funeral, she wouldn't have close to 500.00 for a funeral dress. She wouldn't wear Reformation (at her dad's wedding). She wouldn't even wear COS (every piece sold there between 100.00 and multiples of 100.00). She'd be dressing like Boo. The High Street is expensive. It's not a fallback for people with no money! Designer is not a default for people who have stable jobs, but oh, I have to cut corners so I'll shop High Street and make do with a cardigan from Whistles! Yes, there were a few pieces that were arguably affordable for Phoebe's circumstances, but the show frequently cheated. And it's such an excuse! "Oh, we needed to communicate this or that for the character, therefore we needed to spend this!" Nope. A broke woman in only a dress she can afford for her mom's funeral communicates so much more, as Chewing Gum did all the time.
And p.s., Fleatbag couldn't afford "Agent Provacateur business" (a line of sexy, high street priced lingerie).
Which is another reason I favor Chewing Gum. Michaela Cole never cheated. These are very poor people, and their lives unfold like poor people's lives. But the people are smart, funny, interesting. The principle characters live in a council flat complex. At the end of Season 1, Tracy has left her family's council flat apartment, Connor has walked out of his, and they walk off together "into the sunset".
In Season 2, it's some time later, Tracy is working at a convenience store, Connor comes in, and we get a flashback of what happened after they walked off into the sunset - the whole thing took place in a homeless shelter! No patting on the back, no "special episode" - just, these are unemployed, dead broke council flat residents who just walked out and they don't have money. Not - don't have decent money. Don't have ANY money. The episode wasn't about them being poor, no money, in a homeless shelter. It was just set there because that's where they'd logically end up given what happened previously. They continued with the storyline which wasn't about homelessness and money or being temporarily homeless. It's just if Tracy and Connor each left home, there is logically no other place for them to have gone at that time, and Michaela Cole respected that.
Back to Fleabag - at times I was curious and also puzzled as to what Godmother saw in Dad that made her determined to have him. Don't give me penis jokes Phoebe Waller-Bridge. The house was nice, particularly for today's London, but Godmother seemed quite successful, also quite attracted to hot young men, and maybe more the sort who'd have a boy toy. There was that throwaway joke when dad said things were tight so he couldn't pitch in to Fleabag's cafe, and when she asked about a picture on a bookshelf he said, "That's a little house we're buying in France." so one of the two had money.
Back to Godmother (I was just mesmerized by Olivia Colman's nonsense in the role). Fleabag doesn't do what she doesn't want to do. She was at loose ends, and I think fighting with Godmother helped fill the time. She didn't have to steal the statue - who cares - it's Godmother's work. She didn't have to pose for the sitting of the sister portrait and again, who cares, it's Godmother's thing, not the last word on Fleabag and Claire. And as far as the cater waiter debacle at the sexhibition, Fleabag took the tray and accepted the name badge. Any sensible adult could have either outright refused or simply said something chickenshit but convenient like, "Couldn't possibly, always drop everything, wouldn't want to create a mess." and scuttled somewhere else.