Style Guide: The Art of Mixing

Style Guide: The Art of Mixing

Hey ladies, it’s Anna from Fash Boulevard. Let’s face it, mastering the art of styling ensembles with pieces from contrasting price points is a style maven must. You should never be afraid of pairing items together just because of their drastic price difference. In fact, you should feel extra empowered by the challenge. As you’ve probably noticed I have a bit of an obsession with Lauren’s utterly amazing designs and I have a sneaky suspicion you might as well. Lauren’s Kohl’s collection offers trendy pieces, youthful prints, and most importantly, affordable prices. While Paper Crown, Lauren’s contemporary brand, embodies classic and timeless prints with lavish fabrics and finishes. Sure, the price point between these two fabulous collections may differ, but that doesn’t mean you should shy away from combining the two. Below are a few of my personal rules when it comes to mixing luxury and affordable brands.

Rules for Mixing

  • Keep it Classic when spending a large amount of your shopping budget on a single item you expect to stay in your wardrobe for many seasons to come. No one wants to walk into a wardrobe filled with dated designer pieces.
  • Save on Trends. I always suggest avoiding investing a lot of money on disposable trends. Season after season we are swooned by tantalizing trends, but you have to stand strong in your heels, ladies, when you’re tempted by trendy designer duds. Be a savvy shopper and purchase your favorite trendy pieces at the more affordable big box stores.
  • No one knows your style better than you do. Whether you’re splurging or saving, be sure to spend your money on the things that are going to give you the most mileage. It’s important to remember that not all trends are meant for every woman. Stay true to who you are and be aware of trends that may not suit your body or align with your personal style.
  • Don’t be ashamed of your budget. An outfit is not judged on the amount of money you put into it, but on the style and confidence that you exude while rocking it.

Girly Glitz

Style Guide: The Art of Mixing

jacket – Paper Crown, top – LC Lauren Conrad,
shorts – LC Lauren Conrad, handbag – Ily Couture, heels – LC Lauren Conrad

Investing in outerwear is an excellent way to make sure your luxury item doesn’t go unnoticed. The second I spotted this utterly breathtaking Paper Crown sequin scalloped blazer my heart skipped a beat. And then another. And another. It’s adorned with sequins, can you blame me? The champagne color softens its flashy flare giving it the perfect dash of girly glitz for spring. When your luxury item demands this much attention take the opportunity to run wild with extra affordable additions like these LC Lauren Conrad shorts and classic white embroidered top.

Style Guide: The Art of Mixing

Luxury Layering

Style Guide: The Art of Mixing

 top – LC Lauren Conrad, striped blouse – Paper Crown, pants – LC Lauren Conrad,
heels – LC Lauen Conrad, handbag – Frock Candy (sold out), pearl Necklace – Chloe + Isabel

Luxury brand tops like this striped Paper Crown blouse make for fabulous investment pieces. Due to their extreme versatility they can easily go with pants or a skirt, like I recently styled here. ( Let your high-end piece be the star of your outfit by layering your lavish top over a more affordable piece like this embroidered mixed media blouse from the LC Lauren Conrad collection at Kohl’s. When investing in designer tops, opt for luxurious fabrics in classic prints to insure its longevity.

Style Guide: The Art of Mixing

Classic Wrap

Style Guide: The Art of Mixing

dress – Paper Crown, blazer – LC Lauren Conrad, heels – LC Lauren Conrad, clutch – Love Cortnie

Dresses will always be one of the best pieces to invest in. Knowing you have an amazing dress on standby in case of any impromptu special occasions is always worth a few extra dollars. Splurge on solid colored dresses which will serve appropriate for more occasions than a busy print. When shopping for affordable pieces to accompany your fabulous new frock be sure to stray away from of-the-moment trendy prints and instead chose classic fabrics and applications like lace, foiled brocade and jacquard printed separates, which will add textural contrast to your look and help camouflage their price point.

Style Guide: The Art of Mixing

Have you recently splurged on an item you can’t get enough of? Leave a comment below telling us about it!

P.S. For more spring outfit inspiration be sure to check out two of my latest blog posts: Seeing Hearts and Daily Denim!

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  • Chelsea Casher

    Dying for the middle look – I never would have thought to layer the stripes over the LC coral blouse – I’m going to Kohl’s this weekend for that, and I’ll be on the hunt for a striped blouse as well. Thanks for the idea!

  • Chrissy Myers

    Anna, you are perfect. Beautifully done once again. I’m gonna need you to come to PA and completely re-do my closet. Gorgeous, girl!

  • Jessica Caldwell

    I LOVE the coral and stripe shirt look! So cute! I definitely will have to try something like this!!! Thanks for tips! Xx

  • T Girl

    These looks are amazing. Adore the first and second outfit. You always look fabulous, Anna.

  • Sarah Lawson

    Wonderful tips, hun. I could totally see myself wearing the last look.

  • Rafael Centenera

    OUTSTANDING \(*_*) //


    Yay! We love that. Make sure to take a picture and share with us! Also, you can find striped blouses everywhere right now. Definitely a spring staple! :-)

  • Amber Welles

    These are such helpful tips and so true. There’s no reason to spend a crap load of money on an entire outfit if you know how to pair things. Thanks, Anna.

    xoxo, Amber

  • stephanie birditt

    I NEED that scalloped paper crown jacket

  • Chelsea Casher

    I will definitely snap a pic! Stripes are my favorite “”pattern,”” I’m already on the hunt.

  • Anna James

    lol. Thanks, love. :)

  • Sharena

    My “”splurges”” are on Calvin Klein sheath dresses, but I always buy them on sale. I always have the dresses altered so I have a nice, custom fit.

  • Erika Jeanine

    why would you “”camouflage [its] price point””
    If you splurge on something and you’re not known for owning only expensive things, then your luxury item should LOOK like a luxury item. Something that may not necessarily scream ‘super-expensive’ but at least looks a bit more special to your regular pieces that are similar to it.

    Examples of this would be purses….if you’re going to splurge on a purse, it shouldn’t look like you could get the same thing for $20 at Forever 21. If it does, maybe it’ll at least have a visible name on it somewhere. Idk, that’s just my opinion; that if you’re dropping lots of cash on a designer item, it shouldn’t be something that you would never know unless it was spoken about.

  • AnselSf

    That was part of the “”When shopping for affordable pieces to *accompany your fabulous new frock…”” sentence. She meant camouflage the accompanying piece’s price, not the pricey item’s, hehe. c(:

  • Anna James

    Thanks @anselsf :)

  • Kelby Peachey

    Another great post Anna James! Exactly what I was looking for with the new spring wardrobe.




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