Hi/Low Dressing: Expertly Pair Designer Labels with Affordable Pieces

Shopping designer labels can be inspiring but likely to put stress on your budget. To keep your look fashionable and economical try mixing high fashion pieces with lower end items that complement each other and add a bit of individuality to your designer look. By mixing a range of designer pieces with less expensive items you won’t end up looking like a copycat off the runway. The trick is to find fashionable high-end pieces that are versatile and timeless.

Color blocking is a huge trend this season but keep your silhouette simple and don’t overdo it. A sheath dress in two shades paired with a teal necklace and neon clutch adds a bit of splash. Wear it with a pair of designer shoes and designer clutch that can be worn with many looks already in your closet and is well worth the investment.


1. ASOS tie strap color block one shoulder dress $68.96 2. Choo Topshop crackle bead wire wrap necklace $20 3. Christopher Kane laser cut leather clutch $530 4.Forever 21 dimpled cuff $4.80 5. Jimmy Choo ellie leather and mesh sandals  $1,495


A unique blouse can be worn with pants, skirts and shorts so make the investment in something special like this asymmetrical Alexander Wang top. A metallic blazer is also a great addition along with a bold necklace that will make a statement on the most boring of dresses. Pair them with lower priced items like these printed platforms and Forever 21 bangles.


1. Cheap Monday casual pants $50 2. Alexander Wang tiered camisole $295 3. Forever 21 four hearts bracelet $2.80 4. Sam Edleman Novato platform pumps $100 5. Elizabeth and James emery metallic linen blend blazer $425 6. Scott Wilson necklace $710


For an evening out, a little black dress by Alexander McQueen is modern and timeless and can be worn to many occasions during any season. Make this your statement piece and pair it with less expensive shoes, earrings, and a clutch in shades of silver.


1. Alexander Mcqueen black double lapel pencil  $825 2. Guess crystal drape chandelier $25 3. BCBG max azria Sophia metallic straw clutch $78 4. Café’Noir platform pumps $79 5. David Yurman diamond sterling silver bracelet $3,900

So remember to pick statement pieces that can be worn in a variety of ways when you shop with a designer budget and mix your look up with some lower end items to really create an individual style.