Mixing High and Low Fashion to Achieve a Luxury Winter Look

Hello, my Fashionistas!

Whenever I travel anywhere cold, I try to keep my attire as warm as possible while remaining stylish. As I was getting ready for this trip, I dreaded flying to Massachusetts and experiencing the cold weather. Luckily, I was prepared so it wasn’t so bad.

I generally try to achieve the luxurious look and what I’ve learned is that you don’t always have to purchase expensive designer clothing to appear fashionable. It’s all about mastering the art of mixing high and low fashion. I’ll let you in on a secret — I invest real money in classic pieces that I will continually wear and spend less on trendy items.

To put together this outfit, I chose to wear a black wool coat from Zara and built the rest of my look around it. What I love about this item is the fur collar, which adds a touch of glamor. Everyone should own a peacoat in his or her closet. In fact, it is an item you should splurge your money on. A timeless piece that can elevate any look. Black is my go-to color for any occasion, it’s simple and chic.

Under my coat, I wore a white turtleneck sweater from Abercrombie and Fitch paired with blue jeans from American Eagle. Nothing fancy but the combination matched nicely. It was the perfect outfit to transition from casual to sophisticated. I intentionally bought the top because there was a good deal at the store. Why spend tons of money on something that is going to be hidden under my coat? Although I probably would have spent more money on a pair of jeans if other brands had my size (00/23) but let’s be honest, nobody pays attention to where your jeans came from. My struggle is that I am very petite so it is difficult to shop, but I try my best to work with whatever I can. In the end, it saves me from spending hundreds of dollars on a pair of jeans.

The pointed-toe booties from Ann Taylor are my favorite. Trust me, they are more comfortable than they look after breaking them in. I can easily pair these shoes with any outfit and the fringes add a unique element. The addition of gold zippers and nude bottoms make the booties seem pricier than they are. I always get compliments on them!

To complete the outfit, I accessorized with a wine-colored bag from Kate Spade to add a pop of color. It’s the ideal bag to fit all my essentials. As long as your intention of purchasing a purse is to use it more than once then it is okay to spend a little extra money on an item that is versatile.

Overall, I did not dress from head to toe in high-end brands but still managed to pull off a look that is polished and elegant.

How do you achieve a luxury look?


Thivy Michelle

(Photographs by Elvis Tran)


  • Reply Michaela January 31, 2017 at 1:57 pm

    So sweet!
    Lovely outfit!
    Best wishes,

  • Reply Chelf February 11, 2017 at 5:50 pm

    mixing luxury and high street is the best way to balance an outfit, I couldn’t agree more!

  • Reply Samantha February 14, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    I’m also loving booties for a more luxury winter look this year and yours are so fun- love that fringe!

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 14, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Thank you!!! I wear them all the time ^_^

  • Reply Candace February 14, 2017 at 12:35 pm

    Love this outfit on you. Looks really classy

  • Reply ashley February 15, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    Those booties are so cute! You’re hole outfit is perfect!

  • Reply Tammy February 15, 2017 at 9:13 pm

    High and low is my staple. I tend to spend my money on a good blazer a good handbag and great shoes. The Rey is up for debate.

    • Reply ThivyMichelle February 15, 2017 at 9:22 pm

      Yes! Spending extra money on a blazer is a must 🙂

  • Reply Isabel Robertson February 17, 2017 at 4:57 pm

    This look is gorgeous! I love your purse!

    Bella x

  • Reply Lethi Lee February 27, 2017 at 12:48 pm

    A Parisian look. Love it!

  • Reply Esther March 12, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    A very classic and chic style. Beautiful.
    You are absolutely right mixing high end and high-street is the key to a beautiful style.

    • Reply ThivyMichelle March 12, 2017 at 3:39 pm

      Indeed 🙂 thank you for taking the time to read my blog post Esther!

  • Reply Shirley Corder April 19, 2017 at 2:06 am

    You look very chic and classy. Well done! How do you keep track of your blog posts? P is for Plan with Purpose as you Build a Better Blog ~ #atozchallenge

    • Reply ThivyMichelle April 25, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Thank you very much! I use google analytics to keep track of traffic if that’s what you’re asking 🙂

  • Reply Nicky April 19, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    LOVE the coat – good ole Zara!! Great outfit. & I totally agree. The coat looks pretty timeless too.

  • Reply Dealman June 3, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    beautiful luxury winter look and your hairstyle amazing.

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