Is it just me or is the term "High-Low" being tossed around a lot lately? What the heck does it mean? Quite simply High-Low dressing means mixing inexpensive with expensive items and pulling it off with aplomb. It characterizes the subtlety and fluidity found in a well-executed personal design mix.The trick is to make the cheapo stuff look expensive, not the other way around.
With gas prices soaring, the Euro slapping the US dollar around and the insane price of poor quality clothes, high-low dressing is essential. Not many of us can afford to dress in couture or designer labels from head-to-toe. Skimp on the basics and splurge on shoes, bags and suits.
Here are two examples of the concept:
High: (although on sale) Derek Lam Asymmetrical Anorak Jacket $1,014 at eLUXURY
Low: La Redoute Straight-cut Chinos $39.99 at La Redoute
Low: Tribeca ‘Grand Central’ Silver Sandal $54.95 at Nordstrom
High: Versace Black Logo Jacquard Large Shoulder Bag $1,264 at Bluefly
Low: Josie Dress $29.80 at Forever 21
High: Tory Burch Serena Cap Toe Ballet Flat $225 at Shopbop
High: Chloe Medium Paddington Satchel $1,765 at Neiman Marcus
High: Tom Ford Whitney Sunglasses $320 at eLUXURY
– Lauren Dimet
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