The High/Low Styling Trick for More Individual Outfits

The High/Low styling trick is one I will often use to make mine or my clients outfits a little more individual or interesting. It’s easy to buy a complete outfit from one brand, especially if that is how they have styled it in store. But not only does it not show much imagination, you will probably not feel that comfortable in it, because it isn’t really you. As you know I am all about dressing your personality and this little trick helps you to do just that.

What Is The High/Low Styling Trick?

You have probably seen it without realising what it is. It’s one “cool” brands like ME+EM use all the time. Below they have paired tailored evening trousers (high) and top with a pair of trainers (low).

High/Low styling trick, ME+EM green evening trousers and halter top with trainers

Top and Trousers ME+EM

Baukjen have used it here too, pairing a feminine ruffled skirt (high) with a pair of Chelsea boots (low)

High/Low styling trick, Buakjen spot ruffle skirt, polo neck sweater and Chelsea boots

Skirt Baukjen

Other ideas could be a tulle skirt paired with a biker jacket, distressed jeans with a silk blouse, a tailored suit worn with a T-shirt and trainers or my pleated skirt paired with biker boots.

How I Use the High/Low Styling Trick

I’ve used it here with my satin skirt, which you would normally wear for a smart occasion, teamed with knitwear and boots.

High/Low styling trick, Maria Sadler stylist, brown Mint Velvet satin skirt, brown polo neck, Camel cardigan, Coach tote and boots

Sunglasses // Similar Polo neck // Similar wrap cardigan // Necklace // Belt // Skirt // Boots // Bag //

But the High/Low styling trick doesn’t have to be something smart paired with something casual. It also works for a cheap trend or seasonal buy, paired with an investment piece. I’ve paired my investment skirt (high) with an inexpensive High Street blouse (low), making it look far more expensive than it was.

High/Low styling trick, Maria Sadler stylist wearing Weekend Maxmara black pleated skirt with animal print blouse, velvet boots

Blouse // Blouse alternative colour way // Skirt // Similar boots //

And again below, a pair of investment trousers from Joseph with a budget Coatigan. The patent shoes also elevate this outfit, as they would jeans and a T-shirt.

High/Low styling trick, Maria Sadler stylist & fashion blogger wearing Berry coatigan, Joseph black trousers, Hobbs black loafers,

Coatigan // Top – similar // Trousers // Shoes // Necklace – similar //

Hopefully you are getting the hang of this now. Using it to personalise your own outfits could involve a favourite piece of jewellery worn with something casual, perhaps a beautiful brooch on a denim jacket.

It’s a great way of making sure that you get to wear those special pieces in your wardrobe more often, without feeling over dressed.

I’m going to use it with these beautiful trousers bought several years ago for a Christmas party. I will be pairing them with a knit and Chelsea boots. What do you think?

High/Low styling trick, floral trousers, burgundy knit top, star pendant, navy Chelsea boots

Trousers really old // Sweater similar // Necklace old, similar // Boots //

I hope I have given you some inspiration for using the High/Low styling trick and creating your own combinations.

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