4 Tips for buying high street pieces that look high end.






OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHad I spotted this top on another blogger, I’d have thought it was straight from the latest Tibi Collection and completely dismissed it and it’s high price point. However you will be happy to know that it’s not Tibi, in fact it’s not even designer and if by “high price point” you mean under £20, well then 1 out of 2 ain’t bad.

Fashion is so very subjective, and for me it has never been about conforming to one area, price bracket or trend. I can often be found with the latest designer handbag sat directly along side a top which cost a few pounds and that is just how I like it. But I find just like buying the perfect designer accessory (which you can read about here) there are a few steps which I follow when meticulously choosing the perfect high street items to compliment your wardrobe.

Keep it simple

When shopping for high street pieces I tend to keep them completely simple staying away from prints unless they are of an exceptional design and quality. Leaning more towards block neutral toned colours like whites, nudes and blacks as these colours are common across stores no matter how expensive/inexpensive they may be. I keep the cuts and silhouettes minimal and ensure there are no tell tale signs of where the item could have been purchased. This top from Boohoo being the perfect example, nothing about it suggests it cost £12 and that is everything I look for when purchasing high street fashion.



With regards to fabrics I look for heavier weights and tend to stay away from jersey as this is a fabric that I find often looks tired and cheap when used for anything other that basics like t-shirts a vests. Generally the heavier the weight of the fabric, the more expensive and high quality it appears. In the Summer months I look for structured cottons or floating chiffons whilst in the Winter it’s heavy knits and textures.


Mix it up

The most fundamental part buying high street pieces is how you style them which is where those well selected designer classics really come in to play, providing the perfect base to feed in the high street essentials incognito. I am not one to opt for a head to toe designer outfit just as I don’t tend to wear all high street, choosing well rather than shopping purely by brand and price point because let’s face it sometimes even I am shocked by the price of that Gucci skirt when there’s one exactly the same on ASOS for £30, meaning your money can go further when it comes to trend dressing.


From the Catwalk

As a whole, the Catwalk paves the way when it comes to seasonal trends so staying in tune with what is making its way down the runway from season to season will give your purchasing power a real competitive advantage. You will be able to spot the designer inspiration pretty quickly and get it into your shopping basket even quicker ready to bring the trends to your wardrobe for a much more affordable price tag.



  1. Michelle Joseph 14th March 2016 / 9:01 am

    I actually have no tips lol but yours are incredibly helpful. From the sparingly few designer pieces that I buy (not by choice but because of budget lol), I will make sure that they aren’t too complicated, but kept simple so that they last longer.

    Mich x

  2. Adele 14th March 2016 / 9:50 am

    Lydia, you look fabulous! I’ve gone straight ahead & ordered this top – adore the wide sleeve detail. I’ve never orderd from Boohoo before so I just hope the quality is okay. I love your hair worn up.
    We are practically twinnies when it comes to our shoppng habits. I wear designer bags/shoes/jewellery/sunglasses & the rest tends to come from the high street. We have such similar style, which I guess is why I love your blog/Youtube so much!
    Hugs Adele xoxo

  3. The Purley Girly 14th March 2016 / 11:00 am

    Such great tips, thank you for sharing. I bought some of the MissGuided tees that you had on the other day, and they are brilliant!

  4. Nital 14th March 2016 / 11:05 am

    You looking amazing – as usual! Really enjoyed reading the post xx

  5. Nital 14th March 2016 / 11:10 am

    Also forgot to mention – I also stay away from prints whenever I can.

  6. Gina 14th March 2016 / 12:25 pm

    So chic & stylish! <3

  7. Hayley 15th March 2016 / 1:47 pm

    I’ve just ordered the top in black, I love it. I just hope it looks as good on me, hehe! I love your photo’s, they are awesome!

    Hayley xxx


  8. Charlotte lane 15th March 2016 / 2:30 pm

    Great post! I love my designer key pieces like handbags and sunglasses but I always pair them with highstreet clothes 🙂 xo

    P.S. I was scrolling through these photo’s and my boyfriend looked over and said ‘Is that Cheryl Cole!?’ – so there’s a nice little compliment for you that I thought you’d probably appreciate haha!! 🙂

    Char | http://www.charslittleblog.blogspot.co.uk

  9. Laura 15th March 2016 / 6:37 pm

    You look AMAZING here and I absolutely love that top on you, beautiful. How do you manage to not look cold in your photos too, teach me your ways 😉 haha! xxx


  10. El 16th March 2016 / 6:07 pm

    Great tips and you look amazing on the pictures. Love the top. I always tend to go for block colours too when buying clothes and never really into jersey unless for basic stuff.


  11. Lindsay 18th March 2016 / 9:08 pm

    Great tips for shopping on the High Street! I also love that top – would never have guessed it was from Boohoo.

    Lindsay x

  12. Toula Rose 29th March 2016 / 10:10 am

    Great post! Please could you tell me what camera/lens you used to shoot this look?

    Toula Rose xo

  13. Eugen 1st April 2016 / 2:27 pm

    Very beautiful and stylish! You look great!!!

  14. Meriam 5th April 2016 / 11:22 pm

    Your so chic and elegant , such an inspiration 🙂

  15. valentine daumerie 31st May 2016 / 6:56 pm

    I almost never just go shopping without knowing what I’m looking for. I know up front what I wan’t to buy and search truth the store for what I’m looking for. There is only one store I actually go to and look because I know I wan’t to buy everything. usually it gives me inspiration to search for new Items, special if it’s to expensive for me. (I’m on a low budget, but I Can’t do a week without buying something for myself) I usually do this when I’m sad and need to sheer myself up. BTW: I absolutely love your style, and I watch every single video of you. xx

    PS: sorry if I made spelling mistakes

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