I consider myself a pretty frugal shopper. Although it happens frequently, I try not to give my husband mini heart attacks when he sees our bank account balance after my trips to the mall or online. With that being said, I try to find balance in my purchases in order to look FAB, without spending a tiny fortune.
I do this by mixing high end items with low ones. When it comes to mixing high and low end fashion, everyone's rules are different. My general rule is to splurge on staple, classic pieces, and to save on trendier items that come and go.
For starters, I ask myself if the item is something I'll be wearing a few years from now. If yes, it's definitely worth paying extra bucks to get some serious bang out of your money! If no, I look for similar items at a lower cost so that if I don't get much use out it, it's not SUCH a loss. Next, I think about current trends versus things that are timeless. The perfect nude pump or a structured bag is worth a splurge, but an off the shoulder blouse may not be because it's a trend that could soon change.
In this outfit I decided to mix highs, lows, and mediums (according to my budget) to show that not every outfit has to cost a fortune for you to feel like a million bucks!
The dress I'm wearing is a Forever 21 mustard beauty that I snagged while thrifting! Aside from the gorgeous color and the flowy fabric, paying only $7 for this garment is a real win! Since I know I'll only get a few wears out of it, I decided to stay on the lower end for my budget, and save more money for more long term pieces.
My shoes are one of my FAVORITE pair from one of my favorite stores; ZARA! I opted for a monochromatic look, so they were perfect for this outfit. Zara features unique styles and can range from low to medium prices. I scored these shoes for under $100, which put them at a medium price point for my budget. They didn't break the bank, are comfortable, and turn heads every time I wear them!
Lastly, I decided to add a high end accessory to complete the outfit. I believe the quality that comes with good bag makes it worth the extra dollars. If you're not a believer, opt for this to be your medium or lower end item. The clutch I'm carrying comes along with larger tote. I save the tote for when I'm hauling things around for my toddler, and resort to the clutch for date nights or girls' outings. Though the cost is pricey, I know for sure it's an item that I will keep long-term, and will get lots and lots of wear out of.
Whatever your budget is, know that you don't have to break the bank to break necks! Style is all about how YOU decide to pair items, and the great thing is there are NO rules. I hope you'll try mixing some highs and lows, and I know you'll look FAB doing it!