#WritewithDJs winner Aimee Johannsen explains the theory behind high-low dressing, its Destiny's Child connection (yes there is one!), and three shoppable looks to get you inspired.
Similar to the way you might go to the gym wearing an old t-shirt with brand new leggings and sneakers, or prop an expensive 50” TV on top of a simple entertainment unit from IKEA — having a wardrobe with a few high-end statement pieces and some lower end staples is the way to go.
Here's how it works; the higher end pieces lift the look, they say ‘Yes, today I went to the effort, I’m wearing something nice and I have good taste,’ while the lower priced items keep the look real, personal and laid back. They're basically there to compliment the higher end pieces without taking the focus off them. If we were to apply this theory to everyone’s favourite R&B trio, Destiny’s Child, Beyonce is your high-end piece, while Kelly and Michelle support and compliment the overall act.
Here I've gone further and applied theory to practice, mixing high/low pieces into three different looks: oversized double denim, sports-influenced black and white, and a relaxed weekend look.
Oversized Double Denim
For a slightly cleaner look with a tough edge, I’ve picked an oversized denim bomber and oversized jeans, both from C/MEO collective. I’ve broken up the denim with a crisp white shirtdress from T by Alexander Wang. This look has a nice contrast, created between the light, refined cotton shirt and the boxy, heavy fabric of the denim.
Sport-influenced Black and White
To pump some interest into this monochromatic look, I’ve contrasted a matching print set from Lulu & Rose with an amazing textured coat from Paul Smith. The knitted rib neck on the T-shirt and the traditional baseball stripes give the outfit an overall sports feel, while the coat kicks the whole look up a notch.
For me, trackpants are always a winter go-to. In this look, I’ve worked these Bassike trackies back with a super warm Bassike knit and leather bomber jacket from Trelise Cooper. The amount of detail in the bomber puts a snazzy twist on the typical, everyday trackpants and knitwear combo.