What It Means To Shop "High/Low" And My Tricks To Do So
January 8, 2018
Hi beeb gals! I'm back and today, I am talking about what I like to call "high/low" shopping or rather shopping with a budget in mind so you can splurge on major pieces. This is particularly how I like to roll, because ain't nothing wrong with going hard at F21 or Old Navy because that Hermes scarf or pair of Balenciaga sneakers is waiting for you on the other side. So today, I'll be sharing my favorite tips, tricks, and ways I afford (full disclosure: I work in luxury retail.... mama has a sweeeeeet discount. But I've got other tricks up my sleeves, not to worry) to shop the big name brands.
First and foremost, when buying "high".....
1) Have yourself squared away before even thinking of a piece you want. Have you paid rent this month? What about your bills? Any trips you've planned but haven't paid for? Money in your savings? Credit card paid off or at least looking good? If you've answered no to any of these, you probably shouldn't splurge right now. Go ahead and take care of the necessities first. Hustle hard this month and wait until the next month or two and go for it. I know, it's hard to choose between a vacay and a pair of shoes. But if you want the airfare more, than go for it. It sucks but you can't always have it all!
2) Don't buy into trends! Put your money to good use and buy what I call "everyday wears." The pair of perfect black booties, a killer blazer, chic sunglasses, a genuine leather tote. Start timeless and work yourself and your bank account up to trendier pieces that you can afford .
3) Nothing wrong with buying pre-loved pieces. I use apps and websites like Tradesy, Poshmark, Opulent Habits, and more to find pieces that were pre-owned. Many of these consignment sites offer a "NWT" or "new with tags" option where a seller lists a piece for a little under retail that has literally never been used. Obviously, they won't be super discounted and the more used they are, the cheaper they will come so keep that in mind.
4) Keep your luxury pieces looking perfect and make sure you keep the dust bag, the box, the authenticity cards, even the tags. When and if you decide to sell the piece that you were once obsessed with, having all of these items will allow you to greatly increase the price of your piece, especially if it's in good shape.
Now, buying "low" seems like it is super easy and compared to buying "high" it is! But there are a few little tips and tricks I think everybody should follow....
1) When buying "low" make sure you have your "high" piece in mind. I am so bad at this. I'll be at Zara just blindly running around picking out pieces that remotely pique my interest and then I come home and I'm all what the hell did I just bring home? How are these supposed to pair with anything? It really is important to go into a store with a look in mind that will pair with a few of your luxury pieces.
2) A cheap third piece makes all the difference. If you don't know what a third piece is, it's a jacket, a cardigan, a hat, a scarf, a kimono.... you get the picture. These are important to buy and really jazz up an outfit and take it to the next level. Buy them at a low price and wear the living you know what out of them.
Have questions about shopping high/low? Reach out to my here or here and let me know your comments!