March 9, 2015

{STYLE} High & Low




Everything I know about fashion and shopping, I first learned from my mom. Of course, my skills and knowledge were refined by my own personal experience, education, and career - but all of my first ideas about clothing were inherited from my mother - a woman who pursued a career in engineering but probably should have been a fashion designer from the get-go. My mom taught me to shop across all markets - mixing high and low from big box stores, discount chains, and coveted designers. By the time I could shop for myself with my own money, I espoused the same attitude towards mixing high and low - often choosing to invest in a great bag (because for the longest time, "investing" in a cute piece of clothing was not even an option!) 

I decided to invest in this Tadashi Shoji dress a few months ago because I knew it would immediately become a staple of my west coast wardrobe (and true to form, I've worn it a couple dozen times already). The navy color and great (but subtle) details make it a great foundation to mix and match off of - and I thought it would perfectly complement my AVA & VIV anorak for a casual afternoon around town. The jacket is lightweight and versatile, and the drawstrings at the waist allow you to style it in a few different ways - either cinched in for a more form-fitting look or worn loose for the oversized, minimalist effect. The price points are a world apart (the jacket comes in at under $40 and the dress at - er, a lot more), but they balance each other economically and stylistically. 


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16 comments:

  1. I love the whole outfit!
    xx,
    E.
    www.theslowpace.com

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  2. Skyscrapers and Palm TreesMarch 9, 2015 at 9:42 AM

    Yes! Mixing price and style is a must for me and you did it perfectly in this outfit. -alex

    skyscrapers & palm trees

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  3. I, like your mom, am an engineer who probably should have worked in fashion! I love this look and love your blog so much. You have really helped me change the way I look at my own body. Thank you!

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  4. That dress is so pretty!

    http://wiltedxfaded.blogspot.co.uk/

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  5. Thank you so much! I'm wearing it again today because it's so great, hahhaha

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  6. No way! What kind of engineer are you??


    Thank you so much for the sweet note! It means a lot to me :)

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  7. I wish more curvy girls would take cues from you about investing in a few pieces that can be worn many ways and fit well...You have an incredible sense of style and understanding how to balance the look. I too learned well from my family, my grandfather was a clothing manufacturer on 7th ave in NY and my grandmother owned a designer clothing store. It's a real skill to be able to make any outfit look effortless, something you've learned from your mom. And BTW you got great legs!!!

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  8. I'm very fortunate that I can invest in designer pieces, but not everyone has that luxury, nor the means to save up for designer items. Of course, for those that can - it's a much better approach, and a more economical and eco-friendly one for pieces that really are timeless and easy to style a million ways!

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  9. I never would've pictured you in that anorak when looking at the stock photo, but you really suit it (colour and shape). The bag is pure gorgeousness though. You can totally pick my brains on Scotland anytime btw, not sure how much help I can be but we'll see!!

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  10. I am a petroleum engineer and I love my job! I didn't even know what an engineer really even did until I became one. I've always had a passion for fashion and your blog is one of my favorite places to go for a work break:-) Keep up the good work!

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  11. I love this look for you. I am also flattered to get a mention in this post. Thank you 😘😘😘 You have taken styling to a different level my love. Proud of you.

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  12. That hemline is so damn pretty! I can see why you wanted to invest. A black dress with beautiful details can always be right

    xxx

    Chambray & Curls

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  13. Fantastic and stunning as always!

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  14. This look is amazing! I absolutely love the jacket! And it's Ava & Viv! I will definitely be hitting up target ASAP!
    www.allisonmmcintyre.com

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