If you are looking for a short story, "The Necklace" by Guy de Maupassant is ironic. Madame Mathilde Loisel borrows what she thinks is an expensive necklace. She wears it to a ball and feels as if she is the most beautiful woman there.
After the ball, Madame Loisel realizes that she has lost the necklace. Rather than tell her friend, Madame Forestier, that she lost her valuable necklace, she borrows money to buy another necklace. She returns the similar necklace to her friend, hoping she will not notice the difference. Then she spends the next ten years working hard to pay off the debt. Doing housework, she ruins her nails and her physical appearance is a mess. She ages in ten years from all the hard work, trying to pay off the loans she borrowed to replace the original necklace she borrowed.
Ten years after losing the necklace, she happens to see her friend, Madame Forestier, and tells her the truth. She tells her that she lost the necklace and borrowed thirty-six thousand francs to replace it. With a sigh, her friend tells her that the original necklace was fake;
Madame Forestier, deeply moved, took her hands.
'Oh, my poor Mathilde! Why, my necklace was paste! It was worth at most only five hundred francs!'
Ironically, she worked ten years to pay off loans that replaced a fake necklace:
The story's greatest irony, however, is embodied in the necklace itself; while it appears to be a piece of jewelry of great value, it is really an imitation. The Loisels sacrifice their humble but sufficient home to buy an expensive replacement for a cheap original.