There are different closet categories — a couple of which are items worth investing in, and items worth saving your money on. With the two, you have a healthy mix in your closet which allows you to save money and figure out how to style your save items and give them that “rich” look you’re seeking.
To me, style is being able to mix high with low while maintaining and not compromising your chic aesthetic. Anyone can look decent if they can buy anything and wear a full runway look — not saying there is anything wrong with that AT ALL, btw, because let’s be real… that is the definition of #GOALS, but it does take a different type of creativity and style to be able to take an inexpensive piece and wear it in a chic way.
Let’s take this outfit I’m wearing for example. A $20 Forever 21 dress which is SUPER cute and made so well but there are definite ways to dress it down and other ways to dress it up in a casual way. By keeping this look simple and consistent with only adding minimal gold accessories, I was able to give the dress a sophisticated aesthetic. I first added a vintage YSL belt to it to add just the right amount of color to the look (sounds expensive but if you thrift smartly, you can find a deal), then layered two dainty gold necklaces (one from Topshop and I’m not sure where the other one is from), and finished the look by slipping on my incredibly easy Gucci slides. By mixing high with low, this $20 dress, now looks like it could easily be found at Barney’s NY or a major retailer vs your smart shopping retailer.
**Side note: If there is one thing from this year that I have thoroughly gotten use out of and can say is well worth the investment is a pair of Gucci slides. I wear them as slippers, shoes to and from pilates, dressed down, dressed up… you get the point.**
My key takeaway: You don’t have to own runway looks to look like you’re dressed and ready for the runway. Start by investing in accessories and then move up to investing in key clothing items (we can discuss which ones I think are worth investing in vs saving your money on another time). If you test out styling your outfit from high to low like I discussed here, be sure to tag me in your photo on Instagram @stylebythepeople and use the hashtag #stylebythepeople. I’d love to see your take on this styling approach!