Tips for successful high-low dressing

Armani Collezioni pebbled wool pencil skirt from Saks is an investment at $435.00

In 1996, Sharon Stone wore a Gap t-shirt… to the Oscars. Revolutionary at the time, the concept of high-low dressing has since become almost commonplace. But, how best to incorporate both designer investment pieces and more mundane items from J. Crew or Gap?

Tori Mistick of Eco-Fashionista has some easy-to-follow tips that will help you stretch your fashion budget with style.

“High-Low dressing can be easy to achieve. Every woman should invest in basics that will carry her from season to season like great fitting black pants, well made pencil skirts, and all leather shoes.

These are the pieces you want to invest in because not only will they work year after year from a style perspective, but they can all be repaired or altered when you need it. Leather shoes and can be resoled, something you could not to do to an all plastic and pleather pump.

The “low” pieces should be trendy things that you adore and want to wear right now, but probably wouldn’t be caught dead in 10 years from now. Don’t worry about it; these pieces probably won’t last 10 years anyway.

Scoop neck tee from Gap is a bargain at only $10.00

If you are seeking a more eco-friendly way to go high-low in your wardrobe, try vintage and thrift shopping. You will find great deals on fun pieces like belts, scarves, vintage dresses and plenty of sequins to mix in with the basics that you spent a little more on.

Rachel Bilson is often seen with vintage pieces mixed into her designer wardrobe, and of course, we can’t forget Kate Moss, who gets inspiration for her Top Shop designs from her own vintage collection.

If your town doesn’t have any remarkable vintage or secondhand shops, look no further than EBay, where you will find awesome pieces for amazing prices by searching a little off the beaten path.”

Tori Mistick holds a Certificate in Fashion Promotion from London College of Fashion and a Bachelors degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. In addition to writing for Eco-Fashionista, she has also worked for a lifestyle magazine, an eco-friendly fashion accessories company, and a national, high-end retailer. Tori believes that the worst crime of fashion is to blend in, and strives to be unique in everything she does for herself and her clients.

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