As Blair Waldorf once said, “Fashion is the most powerful form of art there is. It’s movement, design, and architecture shows the world who we are and who we’d like to be.” And I couldn’t agree more. Personal style is an art form. Sure, anyone can put on head to toe Chanel and look amazing. But the art really comes in when you start exploring your own personal style, and mixing the higher and lower end fashion pieces.
It is my personal belief that really good, unique styling happens when you can effortlessly (or seemingly effortlessly) marry the high end with the lower end. If you can mix Zara, J. Crew and Tory Burch, you are really showing your personal style.
With this outfit, I am wearing a super old Loft blouse, a Who What Wear x Target skirt, a Kate Spade bag and Vince sandals, which is definitely a mixture of price points. There are some tips I do like to keep in mind when mixing high and low.
Keep quality in mind with the lower end pieces
You don’t want your outfit to look cheap because your dress from Target is pilling all over the place. Quality is key, especially for the less expensive pieces. My favorite places for less expensive pieces are Target and Zara. I find the quality for both are always really good.
Nice shoes and a nice handbag will take you places
If you are splurging, splurge on the shoes and the handbags (read more here). If you have a nice handbag and shoes, the rest of your outfit is instantly going to be elevated. So that Target dress is going to look nicer with the Kate Spade shoes than it will the Zara shoes.
Pick a focal piece
When you are consciously mixing high and low (as opposed to just grabbing something & going), try picking one piece to be your higher end piece, then work around it. Maybe you want to wear a blazer that you splurged on. Have that be your focal point, then pair it with a t-shirt you bought at Target and a skirt you bought at Zara. Start with your main piece you want to highlight and then work around it.
Don’t go label crazy
Luckily, it isn’t in style (right now) to have brand labels EVERYWHERE. Even if it were, don’t have logos all over the place. It is one thing to have a Louis Vuitton bag, or a Tory Burch pair of shoes, but keep the obvious labels to one piece.
Experiment and Have fun
Try new things. Don’t over think it. Fashion and personal style should be FUN. The most important thing is being confident in your choice!
So tell me, how do you like to mix high and low?