Mixing high and low fashion is something I love - I don't spend a lot on clothing pieces, unless it's a staple I know I will wear for years to come. Jackets, coats, and denim (if I can't find them sale) are the pieces I'm willing to splurge on. I aim to keep my tops under $100, dresses under $150, and skirts/shorts under $100 as often as possible. I get tired of clothes quickly - especially trendy pieces, so it pains me to spend $$$ on something and get tired of it after a few wears. I save splurges for accessories - bags, shoes, and sunglasses because these items can elevate any look & you can wear them over and over (unlike most clothes). This jacket was a splurge, but this tank is under $20 (wearing size small), and I love them paired together.
My tips for mixing high & low fashion are:
1. Invest in bags, sunglasses, and shoes - in that order. There are so many great budget-friendly sunglasses & shoes out there right now, so I would start with a bag if you're just looking to get started with mixing high and low pieces. Some of my favorite bags are: this one (50% off, $389), this one ($595), this one ($980), and this one ($995).
2. Do not invest in trend pieces. For trendy items, I shop Forever21, H&M, Zara, Asos, and Mango. Some of my favorite on-trend pieces under $50: this slip dress ($45) this off the shoulder top ($25), this twist back sweater ($43), and this dress ($50).
3. Choose simple/plain fabrics. This isn't always the case (floral, for example), but most of the time I try to stick to solids or stripes when looking for inexpensive pieces to add to my closet. It's easier to mix simple pieces into your wardrobe, and you won't get tired of them as quickly (they also look more expensive than a crazy printed fabric). Some examples of great, simple pieces: this tee, this dress ($10 - comes in six colors), and this top (which I also have and love!).
4. Stay true to your personal style. Don't buy something (a save or a splurge) just because someone tells you it's the best thing ever! Staying true to your style is key to pulling off any look with confidence.
5. Buy now, wear later. This is theeee best way to save money on splurge items! Shop for amazing coats & boots in early spring (like this coat & these boots!), and designer sandals after summer ends. Farfetch is one of my favorite sites to find designer deals (you can sometimes find pieces at a discount since items are sourced from boutiques around the world - always 100% authentic). Also, don't be afraid to shop second-hand from Vestiaire Collective, The Real Real, and Fashionphile.
jacket (wearing size 0) | tank (wearing small) | jeans | shoes (order up 1 full size) | bag | sunglasses