What is the high low method asketh you…
It’s simply mixing some high end pieces with a few low end pieces. My motto has always been “You do not have to spend a million bucks to look like a million bucks.”
Growing up I didn’t come from a well off family, but my mother always made sure I had what I needed, some of what I wanted and thankfully I had an older sister and brothers whom assisted in making sure I always had a little extra. This actually humbled me and taught me the value of shopping on a budget.
I knew at a young age I may not be able to afford all of the “high end” items some of my peers were wearing so I made sure I looked just as good as they did with what I had. This is when I adopted the “high low” method.
When my mom was able to purchase an expensive piece, like Prada shoes (during my H.S. era those were the “IT” item) what I would do to complete the outfit was go to the bargain stores in soho and purchase the additional pieces. So while my peers had Prada shoes and belt, Seven jeans etc, I had Prada shoes, $20 jeans, a cute $10 shirt and a regular colored belt from the vendor on canal street in Manhattan. I was STILL however complimented just as much,if not more, as my peers who wore those high end items from head to toe.
Now as an adult abiding by the “high low” method is even more important to me than ever before. This is because not only do I want to look nice, but I also want to be an independent female, who drives her own car, lives on her own, pays her own bills and has money in her purse. Some of my tricks to being able to do so have been learning the art of “thrifting” ,which is shopping at consignment stores and finding some used or brand new items for very low prices, and I am also a bargain shopper (I love Marshall’s, Forever21, H&M amongst others). I just can not see myself portraying this fashion forward and well put together image on a social media outlet meanwhile carrying an expensive purse with $0 in it, taking the bus and living at home with my mother. To me that isn’t fashion, that is ignorance. Now if you have it to splurge on high end items while still being able to do the latter, kudos to you… I salute you. For those,like myself, who can not you fake it until you make it and create your own lanes such as I did.
Unfortunately in the age of social media some think you must wear expensive pieces or you just aren’t considered fashionable. What’s even worse than that is the stigma that if you wear something more than once and post a picture in it you now have like a social media curse or something lol. I think not.
Fashion is not keeping up with the Joneses and becoming broke in the process. Fashion is mixing different pieces together as often as you’d like and making statements each time. Fashion is being you. Fashion is wearing something and wanting to be imitated because it was just that darn cute, not because it cost someone’s rent/mortgage, car note and utilities combined. Fashion to me is utilizing such things as the “high low” method and still being labeled as a “Fashionista” while doing so.
(📸 – @LindseyHartPhotography)