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Can You Make “Vogue” out of The High Street?

How do famous bloggers do it? Just as @songofstyle and @lydiaelisemillen ? They wear designer clothes and have that “voguesque” look about them. But can the normal everyday human like us create an outfit that looks like it could be in Vogue by just shopping on the High Street? Well HELL YESSS of course you can ! The highstreet may only have “fast fashion” items that are perfect for everyday but there’s always the opportunity to produce a “high end” look from even the cheapest of stores ! So here’s my guide to dressing like you’re in vogue without burning a hole in your pocket 😉 .

1) Pick Out A Unique Item

Pretty obvious I know but… When you pick up a magazine and look at the front cover, it’s very rare that you see the front page model in just a cute white blouse and some mom jeans… No no no, instead you see them wearing the weirdest of clothes that you wouldn’t even dream about wearing on the day to day basis ! (Unless you’re as weird as me hahaha 😉 ) That’s because high end fashion designers produce clothing that is a piece of artwork. They’re not practical for everyday but they look so beautiful as though they could be displayed in a museum (and yes, a lot of it does get displayed in museums!) So the trick is , if you want to look vogue, there has to be something unique, and unusual. It doesn’t have to look weird, but just something that it very out there and looks rather special! With the High Street, it can be difficult to find really unique items, so I always find the best way to find those special one of pieces are to either to go a charity shop or to concentrate on accessories!

I’ve talked about charity shops so much on this blog ! It’s probably a little much ! But I feel like I have every right to be obsessed ! They’re probably the cheapest place to find one off, out there pieces that no one else has ! God, yes you have to trawl through so much clothing but when you find that one item that is so special it’s definitely worth it ! Another great place is a “kilo sale,” where everything is sold by weight rather than per item. All the items are and picked vintage goods so you can be sure to get some AMAZING pieces  ! A couple of my favourite blouses come from kilo sales so they’re definitely a place to go!

Since the highstreet is pretty standardised with all shops selling pretty similar items. I always find that a great way to get that “vogue” look is to have pretty bold accessories. Something I noticed whenever I picked up a vogue magazine is that they always use props in their photographs. Whether that be a hat, a crazy bag or very out there earrings. The accessories they use are always a stand out “one of a kind” piece. Luckily, you can find these kind of pieces all over the place now, because statement jewellery is really very in at the moment. You can definitely find some killer ones off depop, etsy, eBay and even high street shops such as H&M and Zara! So there’s no excuse for not accessorising 😉

When it comes to bags, sadly I’m a bit of a sucker for designers… (and I hate myself for it.. :/ ) Luckily, you can find some really beautiful and unique bags off eBay! If you read my blog post on #MENTALHEALTHAWARENESS you’ll know recognise the crochet bag that I’ve been wearing a lot recently. Well believe it or not, that was off eBay !! I never buy my bags off the highstreet! They’re either off eBay or depop or if I feel like splashing out a little more (which I really shouldn’t) I tend to buy off Vestiare Collective. So yesss… there are plenty of places to find that stand out handbag! 🙂

2) Look For Those Trend Pieces

TRENDs  TRENDs  TRENDs…


Humanity seems to have an obsession with trends… Maybe it’s because fashion has taken a new turn and we now that “face pace” movement where you get new trends and collections nearly every month (at least Zara has hahaha 😉 .) I believe the way trends work is that high street brands look at designers upcoming season or copy the items from a previous season. Ie… H&M may copy a Chanel look from the previous season. This allows us less famous peeps to be able o get our hands on the industries newest “on trend” pieces without blowing a hole in our pockets. Something I noticed on billboards and in magazines etc is that trends aren’t necessarily the most wearable of clothes, especially in the high fashion world. However, often when buying trends from the highstreet, the brand make it more “accessible and wearable” for the everyday person. This means that you can get some very nice and “unique”  looking pieces that are still wearable for the everyday… so WIN WIN ! One thing I’m weary about with trend pieces is that you might end up looking the same as everyone else, especially if it’s a popular shop that you’re buying from! So to make sure that you aren’t looking the same as everyone else, it’s important that you pair your trend pieces with something that isn’t as “in.” If that makes sense?
Wear your trend piece with caution… As I said earlier, there’s always the fear of something becoming very “samey samey” meaning you’re just going to the look the same as everyone else… That just defies the whole point of looking “Vogue” doesn’t it ? 😉 The other thing that catches people out is that often when a trend “goes viral” It just starts to loose its “vavavoom” and may end up looking tacky. Now, I don’t think you want a Vogue look to end up looking tacky ! So just keep your eye out for that, you don’t want to be caught out with that one! An easy way I feel to prevent this situation from happening is to just pick a trend piece that’s a little different. For example, when culottes use to be a thing, everyone went for baby pink slightly shiny pleated ones… Do you remember those days? 😉 When I decided to plunge into that trend I went little wild and ended up getting bright lime green metallic ones ! Now , I know that sounds weird, but believe me they were BEAUTIFUL! One of the reasons I did that was because well… I just couldn’t not get them ! Hahaha, the other reason was because I just didn’t want to look the same as everyone else but I still wanted to try out the trend. Thanks to H&M I managed to do just that 😉

So , what do you think? Have I given you a good enough tips to dress like vogue using high street brands? Let me know in the comments down below! I would love to hear what you think 😉
A HUGE thank you to the amazing @emmaroffphotos for taking these amazing snaps of this outfit ! And (yes… this is an outfit where I’m TRYING to look vogue by wearing a mixture of Highstreet and charity shop stuff 😉 ) She’s such a talented girl behind the camera, so she really deserves a shout out !
I hope you liked this blog post, it was nice chatting a little bit about fashion again ! I feel like I haven’t talked about it much recently 😉
See you in my next one ! Izzy xxx

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