During London Fashion Week, we saw some stunning fashion. If this whetted your appetite for designer labels, remember that they can be expensive, so wear them alongside lower end clothing to keep costs under control. Helen Beaumont explains how to mix high end and high street fashion.
Choose key pieces
The trick to mixing high end and high street, The UK Fashion Spot writes, is to find a few key designer pieces. These can serve as ‘pillars’ to build your outfit on, as you only need one designer piece to provide the illusion of a high end wardrobe. It is important to invest in timeless designer pieces, which can last more than one season, which is why it’s wise to avoid opting for the more outlandish trends.
Ensure high quality
A designer piece is only as good as the high street clothing you wear it with. Before buying clothes, check that they are of high quality, so that they complement, rather than detract, from the higher end pillars of your wardrobe. Here you should do the pull test. Gently pull the fabric of the piece, release it and then see whether it retains its shape because if it doesn’t, you’re dealing with a low quality item.
Remember the rules
Now is no time to forget the basic rules of fashion. When teaming high street and high end, opt for pieces with complementary, instead of contrasting, colours and patterns, so you create a matching outfit. Never buy clothing without trying it on first, so you can determine whether it fits correctly. Always choose the right clothing for your body type, so your high end/low end outfit really works.
Know your style
Looking good and feeling good are one and the same, when it comes to fashion. If you buy a designer piece, just because it is on trend or you feel experimental, it may clash with the rest of your wardrobe. When wearing this piece, you could notice how badly it works against the rest of your outfit, lowering your confidence. If the designer piece doesn’t fit with your sense of style, leave it in the shop!
Find role models
When in doubt, look for role models to show you how to rock the designer/high street look. Celebrities can serve as a great source of inspiration, as everyone from top model Jourdan Dunn to global style icon Kim Kardashian is rocking this look these days. You could also look at how fashion professionals do it, as those working in the fashion industry are increasingly doing high end/low end with great flair
About Helen Beaumont
Helen Beaumont’s career started at Camberwell College of Art, where she studied the History of Art and Design, specialising in costume during her final year. After completing study, Helen became a costume buyer for theatre and opera. She has since become a professional costume designer, with a keen interest in period clothing. Throughout her career, Helen has created authentic costumes for prestigious companies such as the Universal Studios, Disney, BBC, Tiger Aspect and the Young Vic Theatre.