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Aimee Johannsen

Working High/Low for Autumn/Winter

#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.

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    Worldstar Bomber by Cameo

    A heavyweight denim bomber style jacket designed to be worn loose and casual.

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    Cotton Shirt Dress by T by Alexander Wang

    A lightweight cotton collared shirt dress with additional shirt sleeves designed to be tied around the waist for a modern edge.

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    Worldstar Jean by Cameo

    A drop crotch jean with inseam side pockets and tapered legs.

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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.

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    Black And White Coat by Paul Smith Black

    This cocoon coat from Paul Smith Black is a classic and elegant addition to your cool weather wardrobe.

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    Sports Rib Neck Woven Tee by Lulu & Rose

    A modern staple for your wardrobe, this relaxed fit tee from Lulu & Rose is cut in a boxy silhouette.

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    Wide Leg Stripe Pant by Lulu & Rose

    Patterned with a timeless bold stripe, make a statement in these wide leg pants by Lulu & Rose.

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Relaxed Weekend

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.

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    Love Bomb Jacket by Cooper

    A trendy twist on a wardrobe staple, this beautiful leather bomber is screen-printed with an inspiring message and cactus floral motif.

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    Fishermans Rib Knit II by Bassike

    A versatile addition to your cold weather wardrobe, this chunky ribbed knit by Bassike features a snug elongated cuff and contemporary split step hemline.

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    Stretch Twill Track Pant by Bassike

    Made from a soft stretch jersey, these tapered track pants from Bassike feature an elasticised waistband and side zips at ankles.

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