How to Master High-Low Style

Pairing the most expensive piece in your wardrobe with something more affordable is a great way to capitalize on the cost-per-wear of each item you own. Not convinced? Keep reading.

There are very few people in the world lucky enough to wear high fashion from head to toe every day. The good news is that mixing the most expensive investment pieces with the more affordable ones you may have scooped up from your favorite high street stores can be just as sartorially exciting. If you ask us, mastering the high-low mix takes more fashion savvy than cherry-picking a full look from the runway, and it also allows you to showcase your personal style in a way that will set you apart from anyone else who may have similar items in their wardrobe.


Next time you find yourself standing in front of your closet wearing your favorite investment piece—that intarsia Gucci sweater your boyfriend gave you last Christmas, say, or the Stella McCartney trousers that your parents bought you for your birthday—don't hesitate to round out your look with a pair of jeans from Zara or the Topshop blazer and shirt you have in heavy rotation. This way, you can get the most out of everything you've purchased without sacrificing style. To celebrate the art of the high-low, here is a round-up of our favorite looks of the moment. Remember: they're just thought-starters: interpret, modify, and make your own!

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The Expensive Jacket and the Affordable Dress

Embellished Denim Jacket by Marc Jacobs, $471, stylebop.com; Floral-Print Midi Dress, $130, topshop.com.

The Expensive Top and the Affordable Skirt

Metallic Neck-Tie Top by Delpozo, $683, matchesfashion.com; Denim Skirt, $13, hm.com.

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The Expensive Pant, the Affordable Jacket, and the Affordable Shirt

Tartan Cropped Wool Flared Pants by Gucci, $890, netaporter.com; Zipped Biker Jacket, $50, mango.com; Daisy Embroidered Stripe Tee by Tee and Cake, $38, topshop.com.

The Expensive Jacket and the Affordable Jeans

Double-Breasted Stretch Cotton-Blend Blazer by Balmain, $2,325, netaporter.com; Flare Superstretch Jeans, $13, hm.com.

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The Expensive Midi Skirt and the Affordable Shirt

Pleated Silk-Blend Lamé Skirt by Christopher Kane, $795, netaporter.com; Laser-Cut Tie-Dye T-Shirt, $15, mango.com.

The Expensive Dress and the Affordable Jacket

Floral-Print Crepe Slip Dress by Adam Lippes, $990, netaporter.com; Sheer Detail Bomber Jacket, $40, zara.com.

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​The Expensive Jeans and the Affordable Top

Distressed Cropped Jeans by SJYP, $309, stylebop.com; Off-the-Shoulder Blouse, $25, hm.com.

The Expensive Miniskirt and the Affordable Top

Floral Jacquard Miniskirt by Stella McCartney, $865, netaporter.com; Smocked Cotton Poplin Top by See by Chloé, $216, matchesfashion.com.

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The Expensive Top and the Affordable Jeans

Carmen Off-the-Shoulder Gingham Cotton Bustier Top by Caroline Constas, $435, netaporter.com; Straight Joe Jeans, $30, mango.com.

The Expensive Knit and the Affordable Shorts

Sequin Bow-Embellished Knitted Sweater by Saint Laurent, $1,850, netaporter.com; Denim Shorts With Pattern, $40, zara.com.

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