The Art Of High Low Dressing

How to mix & match luxury & high street like a celebrity

In the last five years, we have increasingly seen the sartorial phenomenon of High-Low dressing gaining popularity. Gone are the days, where being well dressed meant sporting the most expensive brands from head –to-toe.  Increasingly, we are seeing the fashionistas of the world embracing High Street and Popular Brands and incorporating these brands into their everyday wardrobe and more surprisingly, their occasion/events wardrobes as well!

High-Low dressing is the art of creating a complete ensemble with a mix of high-street/popular brands as well as designer/luxury brands. To put it another way, it’s a way to incorporate affordable fashion with luxury fashion to create the perfect look. In the western world, this has become a common place trend with contemporary sartorial icons like Kate Middleton and Rihanna vouching for it. Always quick to catch up on fashion trends, Bollywood has wholeheartedly embraced this trend as well and these days it’s not surprising to see a high street brand on the red carpet or at celebrity appearances and most often in movies themselves.  With the growing influence of high-street brands like Vero Moda, Jack and Jones, Only etc. it’s no wonder the celebs are wearing these brands as well!

Today the focus has changed from looking all put together to being effortlessly chic and that’s perhaps one of the reasons this trend has caught on. Here we look at some of the times Bollywood has nailed the art of high-low dressing.

 

Deepika Padukone in Cocktail:

Anaita Adajania Shroff completely nailed the art of high-low dressing in the way she styled the three actors in cocktail. Most of the looks were all about casual comfort while still looking completely on trend. Throughout the movie, you see the characters in ensembles that consist of a highly complementary mix of high street brands with luxury labels.

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Katrina Kaif in Jab Tak Hai Jaan

In JTHJ, Katrina’s character was fashionable yet simple, well-dressed yet understated. To accomplish this modern take on elegance, her character dressed in a mix of high-street and designer/luxury labels. You would see here in a simple shift dress topped by a beautiful statement coat from a luxury brand or a Manish Malhotra lengha covered by a quilted anorak.

Katrina

Sonam Kapoor in Khoobsurat

Sonam Kapoor is known as Bollywood’s biggest fashionista but her look in this movie was very different from what we are used to seeing. Stylist Karuna Laungani mixed seperates from high street brands as well more upscale brands to create the quirky, eccentric look of the character. She scouted for clothes from high street fashion brands such as Mango, Asos, Tommy Hilfiger, Nike and Bhane and Indian designers Péro by Aneeth Arora, Anupamaa Dayal and Karishma Shahani.

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Shilpa Shetty:

Shilpa Shetty is a self-confessed fan of the high-low trend. She says that while she loves shopping designer and luxury labels, she’s just as big a fan of high street brands like Zara and Whistles. The stunning actress says “I like an eclectic mix of clothes; a combination of a designer handbag and shoes with a high street dress works well” (source: dailymail.co.uk)

Shilpa

Credits: Ben Lister

Kangana Ranaut:

Queen Kangana is just that – the Queen of Fashion and the Queen of this trend. We have lost count of the number of times we have seen her absolutely own this trend by mixing a designer brand like Burberry with a high street brand like Vero Moda.

Kangana

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