STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Highs And Lows

Symmetry is so overrated — all things asymmetrical are in and I have a feeling they’re not going away anytime soon. We started seeing high-low dresses and skirts surfacing a few months back, but now even tops and outerwear are getting in on the asymmetrical action. I absolutely love the girly edge these uneven hemlines give to our favorite wardrobe pieces and I’m constantly inspired by the different ways Fashionistas integrate this trend into their everyday styles.

I was instantly drawn to this Fashionista sporting her high-low chiffon skirt for two main reasons. First, the rich, deep red color of her skirt is simply irresistible; I’m going to have to do some retail hunting for this beautiful hue since it’s definitely going to be one of my go-to fall colors. Second, the simplicity of her outfit made it that much more stylish. She let the skirt speak for itself by pairing it with a white tank top, taupe sandals and a denim motorcycle jacket to offset the ultra-feminine touch of the high-low chiffon.

If you haven’t jumped on the unevenly hemmed bandwagon, it’s not too late! Virtually all retailers have their own take on asymmetrical fashion. The key word to keep in mind when wearing this style is proportion. Since this look is often blousy and roomy, make sure you keep the rest of your outfit fitted to avoid looking frumpy and shapeless.  This high-low chiffon tank is the perfect counterpart to these slim-fitting floral crop pants from Club Monaco. Finish off your pretty ensemble with these plum suede heels for a look that will take you from your daily highs and lows in style.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Highs And Lows

This week's Fashionista shows us that mixing highs and lows is the way to go when we want brand name products on a college budget. Infusing expensive designer products with affordable pieces is a sneaky, but smart way to have a fancy, budgeted outfit. 

On this Fashionista, I first noticed the Dooney & Burke tote — not something in every girl's price range. The expensive item is balanced with an affordable outfit featuring trendy, versatile pieces from Forever 21 and American Apparel. Her oatmeal wool cardigan from Forever 21 is simply embellished; this long sweater under a short black leather jacket creates layers that gives the look dimension from the oatmeal-black contrast and long-short tiers of clothing. This warm day allowed for a denim mini and a bit of bare leg. To keep the outfit end-of-winter appropriate, she has covered up with tall black boots. 

Everything this Fashionista is wearing seems reasonably priced and easily trendy. The high-priced item polishes the look off, giving it an air of opulent classiness. The merging of highs and lows in this outfit create a wearable look that neither looks overpriced nor cheap. Look for inexpensive pieces that will give you easy looks, then splurge on big-ticket accessories that will complete any outfit! 

It's a good idea to have a signature piece as a pop to your looks, so why not spoil yourself a little? Think about the cost-per-wear ratio: a way to rationalize expensive purchases is to think of how many uses it will get compared with the cost. For example, if a bag is $150 and you will use it at least 50 times, then the bag is only $3 per wear! Splurging on an item that you can wear often, such as a practical designer tote, will ease the guilt of dishing out more money than you should on a dress that you'll only wear once.

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STYLE ADVICE OF THE WEEK: Highs And Lows

High and low hems are a popular commodity this season. If you've ever been conflicted between a mini and a maxi, or think that a midi is an awkward length, then you'll love this trend. The trend can be seen on both skirts and dresses, as shown on this week's Fashionista. She is wearing a high-low dress from LF Stores, with boots from Baker, a vintage, cropped jean jacket and scarf. This hem is great because it is fun and flirty and allows you to show off your legs, without being too revealing. The shorter front also allows you to show off your shoes. This week's Fashionista made her outfit daytime dressy by pairing it with knee-high, heeled boots. For a nighttime look, you can juxtapose the whisicalness of the dress by putting on edgy ankle boots, such as these snake embossed, buckle wedge booties from Jeffrey Campbell or these leather and suede buckle booties from Sam Edelman

The high and low hem was seen on the spring/summer 2012 runways with designers such as J.Mendel showing off the look. For the more accessible college budget, Nasty Gal has a Caged Tail Dress which also features two more of this season's trends- cutouts and florals. And Urban Outfitters has a high and low hem skirt by Sparkle and Fade that I just bought and am absolutely in love with due to its simplicity and versatility.

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