Mixology – mix·ol·o·gy (m k-s l -j ). n. Most commonly referring to the art of mixing drinks (e.g. as in bartending), ‘mixology’ is a term that is often applied to fashion as well.
I’ve previously blogged about my love of labels and the reasons I prefer brand name/designer items over non-brand name items. Affected by long-term memory loss? No worries, refresh your memory, here. 😉
Anyhow, I realized after putting together a few of my outfit layouts on Instagram, that I too am a mixologist! I love to pair high-end items with non-designer items. It is not uncommon for example, that I would choose to pair a Forever 21 dress with a Chanel bag. The idea simply is to – in the words of Tim Gunn – ‘make it work’!
Here are some of my favorite outfits; examples of mixology in action:
In general, I tend to purchase less expensive clothes and invest in bags and shoes. Bags and shoes tend to have better resale value on eBay, so I won’t shy away from spending a little more on those items, since I can guarantee reselling them for at least 75% of my purchase price. As you can see, though, even my high-ticket items were either purchased on sale or purchased in pre-owned state on eBay (stay tuned for my post on eBay buying soon, including how to tell fake from authentic items!), so I make sure to save even when buying designer items.
Most recently, I was made aware that my ‘mixologist’ tendencies come through, not only in my outfit layouts on Instagram, but in past blog posts as well! As a dear family friend, Chic in Academia reader, and fabulous fashionista (let’s call her MDF 😉 ) recently put it,
“Your ideas and smart shopping guides show me that one doesn’t have to go crazy spending lots of money or be extremely wealthy to wear higher-end designers’ clothes or accessories. Love how you mix and match, for example when you combine a designer’s accessory with a not too expensive garment!!!”
I hope that this post – as well as prior blog posts – inspire you to think ‘cheap chic’ when considering spending outlandish amounts of money on high-end clothes, accessories and shoes! Never pay retail!!
Be a savvy shopper and shop stores like TJMaxx, Ross, Nordstrom Rack, or Marshalls for designer labels at low-end prices. Also consider consignment shops, online community resale websites like Poshmark and Threadflip, as well as eBay for amazing deals on designer labels. For clothes, my low-cost staples often come from Forever 21, Target, and small boutiques like Lotus Boutique or Francesca’s Collections, as well as from eBay!
Remember, you don’t have to spend a million bucks, to look a million bucks. 😉
Finally, IF you thought these outfits were still too expensive for your taste, stay tuned for another post where I style 5 outfits with at least one item purchased for $5 or less!!