How To Mix High & Low Fashion


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 

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23 comments:

  1. I totally forgot about Mango, thank you!! So many good things!

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  2. these are great tips! I love this bag btw!

    xo!
    Shelby
    www.glitterandgingham.com

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  3. Babe you always come through with the BEST purses EVER. For real - I LOVE.
    xoxo
    Krista
    www.hundredblog.com

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    1. You should see me during the week ;) LOL but thank you so much, back at you babes! xx

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  5. It's like I wrote this post because that is exactly how I mix high-low pieces! I love designer bags but am just as happy getting trendy heels for $30 from Target! Great post lady!

    xo, Sara

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  6. I agree with all of these tips!! I truly dress the same way. I certainly have my splurge items but those are items I know i will wear for YEARS!! Love the outfit too!!

    xoxo
    Tiffani
    www.tiffaniatbretonbay.com

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  7. Totally agree with you on mixing high and low fashion! I love to save for those big purchases that I will wear for a very long time and then spend small amounts on different pieces that will go with various things! Obsessed with the pop of red you choose too:)

    xoxo, Hannah
    www.ohwhatasighttosee.com

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    barney | abcya

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  9. Thanks for the tips! I'm ready to make my first designer bag purchase and love the ones that you linked! I think my favorite has to be the Gucci though. Do you think the Mansur bag is a classic? Or would you spend a little more and go for the Gucci? Thanks!

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    1. I do think the Mansur is a great one to start with, but if you'd rather have the Gucci I would save for a little bit longer to splurge for that one!

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  10. yes to the high and low versatility... such great reminders to mix and match and splurge when it's on things that are really worth it!!!

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  11. You always nail the high/low mix so well! These are really good tips, since I started following you two, I've definitely noticed myself veering more towards neutrals and solids and it really does help so much in putting together easy looks that don't look cheap.

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  12. GREAT tips on splurging and saving! So good. Definitely a major key is the staying away from prints thing! (For the most part, of course!) I'm soo picky about my cheap florals.

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  13. Give me that jacket!

    -Kat
    http://www.katwalksf.com/

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  14. I love this jacket! The detailing on it is so unique!

    ~Hillary
    www.styleinasmalltown.com

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  15. These tips are so helpful! I always aim for more budget-friendly pieces for basics and trend pieces because why spend a fortune on pieces you'll only wear for a season or even just a few times? I'm trying to build my designer bag collection and this post gives me alll the inspiration/motivation. xo, Mae

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