Hi-Lo Pick ‘n’ Mix. I like a bit of everything!

 

I love my high-end pieces obviously but, they are a special treat.  And actually if I could, I’m not sure that I would go designer all the wayFor one thing, I have certain limits  – ok there aren’t many(!) but there are some. Paying more than £100 for a plain cotton t-shirt* for example. (This is based on nothing other than my utter conviction that the quality achievable by cotton is finite. Perhaps I’ll change my mind if they start making them laced with platinum). I also much prefer to mix things up. That way I can experiment and throw my own spin on things. Much more fun! Not that there’s anything wrong with going top-to-toe designer – we just need to be mindful about how we put it all together. Because, there’s always the risk of over-styling or looking OTT with statement or super-embellished designer pieces (great for the catwalk and editorials but not so much for the every day).  Worse, you could actually come off as lacking in personal style!  So how then to get the best of both worlds?

#1. LUXE IT UP. High street outfit with high-end accessories

Elevate a high street outfit with high-end accessories: bag, belt, shoes, sunglasses or scarf. Be careful not to overdo it though, the aim is understated chic!

#2. TONE IT DOWN. High-end statement outfit with low-key (but excellent quality) high street accessories OR no accessories

If the main event is a statement designer piece turn down the volume with excellent quality but understated high street accessories. And if in doubt, go without  – you’ll want to avoid letting down the whole look by a poor choice of accessories.

#3. QUALITY QUALITY QUALITY. Cheap ain’t always about the price tag

True, some high street pieces can look and feel cheap. Equally, some high-end pieces can look tacky and gaudy. Try and avoid both types of cheap if you can! For me it comes down to this: if something is well made, looks great and is good value for money –  whether it’s high-end or high street –  I will get it.

#4. AVOID LOGO OVERLOAD. One is enough

I’m a fan of a logo’d t-shirt or sweat shirt but I know it’s not for everyone. If you are like me, then I recommend investing in a high-end one (my £100 limit only applies to plain T-shirts!). You’ve got to be very careful though, too many designer logos and you risk looking like a billboard. With the exception of bags, my general rule of thumb is to rock only one obvious designer logo at a time.

In the end, it’s each to their own and whatever makes you happy. But if you needed some pointers then I hope you’ve found this post useful!

Style it. Love it. And bloody own it.

Addie x

High street main (Zara sweatshirt, Very leather skirt) with high-end accessories (Acne scarf, Victoria Beckham clutch and Isabel Marant trainers)

The Acne scarf, Isabel Marant jacket and Givenchy bag take these Primark leather trousers to another level. (But the trainers had to be Adidas – obvious designer trainers would’ve been a step too far!)

Same Givenchy bag, this time with a Victoria Beckham shirt and H&M jeans. And the slip-on loafers? Primark!

Another high street main (top and culottes from Cos) with luxe accessories (Isabel Marant boots and Victoria Beckham clutch)

*Look out for my dedicated post on t-shirts coming soon with tips on how to find your ideal fit and where to nab the best ones.

 

Tulle, Leather and Rubbish Weather

 

My next post is all about high-end/high street mixing and matching. But, as this outfit (worn on Easter Sunday – this post is a little later than planned!) does it so well, it had to have a post of its own, even though the weather that day was not exactly the best for blog photos! The star of the show is obviously this fab tulle skirt from H&M which I toughened-up for an edgier look. A Commes des Garcons tee and small Miu Miu crossbody bag add a bit of casual luxe while a Primark leather bomber (yes PRIMARK, believe it) and Billi Bi boots stop it all from getting too twee. I rocked this outfit to church that morning, Easter lunch with friends in the afternoon and even to A&E later that evening. This skirt is a keeper. 🙂  More on mixing and matching it all up in next post!  xx #itdoesnthavetobreakthebank

 

Swedish Hasbeens Peep (out) Toes. When shoes don’t love you back!

 

It’s warming up – time for Spring/Summer shoes.  Before I invest in a new pair, I like to go through what I’ve got first, sorting what to keep and what to ditch. And as usual, I can’t quite decide what to do with my Swedish Hasbeens peep-toe clogs. Bought 5 years ago as an alternative to off-duty flats and trainers, I’ve only ever managed to wear them a handful of times.  Not because I don’t want to or for want of trying. Simply that when I wear them,  my toes not so much “peep” as make a bid for freedom. The big and index toes poke right out and the remaining toes, with no where else to go, are left squashed against the hardest leather this side of the wild west. Not a good look (especially when said toes are not one’s best feature!) and incredibly uncomfortable to boot. I’ve tried everything to stop this ridiculous toe slippage: toe socks (yes they are a thing, from Japan where else) and a variety of gel pads and cushions but nothing works. So, I’ve had to conclude that I must have the wrong sort of toes for these shoes.  Yet, I can’t bring myself to ditch them. Instead every Summer, I go through this silly ritual and rue my rubbish toes, envious of others happily stomping about in theirs. Perhaps they are blessed with just the right toes. Or maybe they have a higher pain threshold. If you have neither and have narrow feet and toes like mine, you are best off avoiding these. Because, you can forget about trying to break these shoes in, these babies will break you. Now, if I could only bring myself to get rid of the damn things.  Do you have similar Hasbeens stories? Let’s hear them!

Addie x

 

 

 

 

 

Sneaker Pimps. Cheating on my Stan Smiths with Bart (The Imitation Game part deux!)

Isabel Marant blatantly ripped-off Stan Smiths!” At my local deli the other morning, I overheard a group of friends arguing over trainers, specifically Adidas Stan Smiths and Isabel Marant Bart Sneakers.  What they were saying was a little OTT but essentially true and it’s a view shared by many since the Bart Sneaker was launched in 2015.

Spot the difference?

A few things struck me: 1. It was far too early in the morning for a heated debate of any kind. 2. So, the Marant trainers are a tribute to Stan Smiths. So what? Imitation (don’t mean fakes) makes the world of fashion go round and I’m all for it (The imitation game – a fashionista’s dilemma).  3. The irony. Isabel Marant trainers and boots have got to be the most copied on the planet. Can you name one major sportswear brand that hasn’t got a version of the wedge sneaker?

MyStyleArtist review: Anyway, as I happen to have a pair of each*, I thought I’d post a mini review for those thinking of getting one or the other (or both!). They obviously look very similar but they actually feel quite different to wear. Stan Smiths are sturdier and chunkier which gives the Bart the edge if you are after a more polished/chic look. But that doesn’t take anything away from the easy relaxed cool of Stan Smiths.  I’ll leave it up to you to decide if you need both. 🙂 But if you decide to then there’s definitely room for both in any wardrobe.  Remember, whether you have one or the other or both, up the style stakes by keeping them GLEAMING WHITE:  Trainers or Sneakers. Keep Them Box Fresh Because Age matters

Addie x

Two-timing my Stan Smiths with the Bart Sneaker

 

Others enjoying the Bart

All good in Stan Smiths

 

*I seem to be in the grip of a trainer addiction. It started 5 years ago after my daughter was born and now I just can’t …………stop.