There’s one thing about effortlessly looking outfits seen on Instagram accounts of fashion influencers that defines today’s street style. Take Kendall Jenner, Gigi Hadid, Chiarra Ferragni, Alexa Chung for example. Their street outfits look effortlessly cool and edgy. What’s the secret behind their street style? A styling tip that I’m about to share with you today, that will help you re-invent your own wardrobe capsule to look and feel comfortable, stylish, trendy and super cool! 😉 It’s all about mixing “high” and “low” key staples, creating contrasts and achieving a perfect balance.
Stylists have been mixing highs and lows for years and undoubtedly, fashion influencers have nailed this with the aid of their stylists. (Yes, most of them if not all of them use stylists). There’s a lot of work input in all those Instagram perfect photos. But, the good news are that so can you, because you already have high and low key staples. The aim is to create a laid-back, casual dressing code, because if you’re comfortable with what you wear, then you act comfortable. So how do you mix the highs and lows the right way? Think slouchy vs structured pieces. Next head for the denims. They are the best tools for a high/low mix. They can dress down just about any outfit. For example, add a denim jacket over a floral print dress. Wear a ruffled shirt or a shirt with lace over a wide leg pair of jeans. Respectively, a denim shirt can look so fabulous over a tulle skirt paired with sneakers. Pairing some crazy statement heels or fancy pearl jewelry with jeans is definitely on the list, just like wearing a satin blazer over a pair of denim shorts with a logo print tee on the inside. The main thing to keep in mind, is to mix high key with some low key elements to keep it balanced. Simple as that!
Next, I’ve included a couple of examples with high and low key elements “using” Elisabeth and her outfits followed by a guideline that identifies the high and low key staples.
Low key staples:
- Denims (jeans, jackets, shorts, shirts)
- Flannel shirt
Natural make-up, low pony tails and 70’s styled straight long hair (flat with a mid-hairline) are considered low key elements in overall.
High key staples:
- Ruffled tops and tops with statement sleeves
- Floral dresses
- Polished skirts and jackets
- Gowns and ultra femme dresses
- Evening bags
- Satin blazers
- High heels – statement shoes
- Statement jewelry (pearls and rhinestone)
Furthermore, red lips, fancy hairdos and “big” hair are also high key elements to consider when you think of the balance equation.
Instagram and Pinterest are both great resources for street style inspiration. Countless images of stylish women have flooded these media, shaping our perception and ultimately the way we dress. All it takes is a little wardrobe re-inventing starting with a different mindset. New diversified combos with a casual vibe that can ultimately bring out our most fashionable and trendy side. So what do you think of this styling tip? Did it not decode all these style images for you?