Written By: Sandra Rose Salathe
Edited By: Mz Mahogany
The good old saying that opposites attract has been around since, well forever. Black or White, bad or good, East or West: the list goes on. But never before has two opposites meshed quite so well as the glorious invention of the high/low trend. Ah yes, the genius idea of a dress, skirt, or blouse that’s high in front and low in the back or vice versa. Seen on numerous celebrities and fashion bloggers worldwide; it’s safe to say the trend is catching fire quicker than that little Carly Rae Jepsen song I’d rather not mention (or sing).
Who would have thought that half a piece of clothing would look so marvelously chic? While some might think the trend is a mistake, wondering if the inventor of this trend simply forgot to add more fabric or just ran out: is a subject to be argued with. Honestly, the trend seems to be one of my favorites this season although that wasn’t always the case. I’ll admit that there was a time that I too was once skeptical of the trend. It only took a little trip to T.J. Maxx to change my mind.
It was amongst the isles of designer brands that I had a change of heart. There, awaiting me in the junior’s department was where I first laid eyes upon the black, chiffon, Free People number that looked absolutely insane on the hanger. While a part of me didn’t want anything to do with this piece of clothing; there was a voice inside me urging that I try it on. I like to think that little voice belonged to my fashion conscience. My very own stylish Jiminy Cricket dressed head to toe in vintage Givenchy.
So I gave in. I made my way towards the dressing room with the piece of clothing in one hand and my purse in the other. Once alone in the dressing room I had nothing but a large mirror, bright lights, and my extremely loud thoughts to keep me company. I tried on the skirt and once it was fully on, I glanced into the oversized mirror. It was then that I gasped (yes, I actually gasped). The reason for this dramatic reaction was because I had fallen in love only this time was different.
Glancing at my reflection in the mirror I knew that, like many other girls before me; I had become a fan of the universally known trend called High/Low. I walked out of the dressing room with a huge smile splashed across my face. I’m pretty sure I left the sales assistant pondering over what actually went down in that particular dressing room to leave me in such a happy demeanor. With my mind made up, I made my way to the register with what felt like having experienced a fashion epiphany. As the girl working the register gently placed my item into the bag I couldn’t help but let out a small squeal. Thank God she didn’t hear I thought.
Deciding to pair the skirt with a colorful sleeveless crop top, a pair of studded heeled booties, and an incredible House of Harlow pedant, I realized I’ve created the perfect summer outfit. Think Alexa Chung meets Fashion Blogger Rumi Neely. The results were utterly urban. I mean I guess I could have paired that Urban Outfitters top with something else and same goes with my Jessica Simpson studded booties but the look simply wouldn’t be the same. It was all thanks to that particular high/low skirt.
So while some may leave a T.J. Maxx with remorse due to the fact they either spent the entire contents of their checking account or because they simply haven’t found what their looking for, I left with a sense of fulfillment. Not only because I left not spending the entire contents of my checking account but because I had made a discovery instead. All my life I had played it safe when it came to fashion, only making a small risk every now and then. That is until now. You see, not only was my trip to T.J.’s eye opening, mainly due to the fact that I didn’t even know they carried Free People let alone sold it at a huge fraction of the cost, but because I learned to be open minded.
Think about it this way, if you never took a bite out of a Strawberry tart due to the fact it was over two-hundred and fifty calories; you’d be missing out on a dessert that was out of this world. Not to mention orgasmically delicious. That is unless you were allergic to Strawberries which is an entirely different story altogether. Moral to the story -Despite how extravagant and odd something may look on a hanger, try it on anyway. You may be pleasantly surprised, even if the finished results are as crazy as a trend known as high/low.